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Old February 9 2013, 10:52 PM   #12
Robert Comsol
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Re: Phaser banks on the Constitution class

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From Memory Alpha
The Enterprise's three double phaser bursts, which Sulu says constituted a full discharge of phaser banks, fire from an unusual location in this episode not from near the glowing dome at the bottom of the saucer, but from much higher up, closer to where Matt Jefferies originally located the main phaser banks in his early diagrams of the ship.
That's correct. According to the diagram in The Making of Star Trek the "main phaser" alligns with the uppermost "ring" at the bottom of the saucer. It's a fascinating prospect that the TNG design might have originated from a mostly unvisualized idea of Matt Jefferies.

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