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Old October 24 2012, 07:28 AM   #79
blssdwlf
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Re: exterior surface markings of Kirk's Enterprise

Timo wrote: View Post
We can see the cavity - it isn't a mushroom shape.
We can see the cavity of indefinite depth, which perfectly allows for a mushroom shape.
TOS-R has a pretty good close-up of the cavity. It's not deep at all. And it doesn't look like it is meant to hold a mushroom shape.



Timo wrote: View Post
Anyway, why would there be a cavity in the first place if the dome didn't have a stem? Any hatch should be flush with the outer hull, surely, if what was ejected was just a dome terminating at said hull.
Light bulbs plug into a cavity so why not? The light bulb could've exploded and left a charred cavity.

Timo wrote: View Post
"Optimal" thrust is required since the pod put the ship in danger.
Naah. The pod is to be ejected using a single burst of thrust. There's no reason to optimize performance, when there are more important things to consider, such as reliability and safety. Generous overkill plus angling of thrust is the way to go.
When something is a danger to the ship, you want to optimize performance to get it away from it asap

In anycase, TOS-R's own visuals show a very shallow looking replacement part. Hardly long enough to have someone get inside and take readings. That and the lack of dialogue or visual flashback to it being jettisoned makes it look like a light bulb got destroyed as part of the considerable damage, IMO.

@Robert Comsol - good point about the 360 launcher. If it could launch probes then torpedoes would be a given.

If those markings on the belly of the engineering hull are just for orientation then we don't have to worry about there being removable panels or hatches there. Hmmm....
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