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Old April 3 2013, 09:03 PM   #23
Timo
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Re: How does the Joystick Pad works?

We might postulate that computers take care of much of the flying - and that big starships got sufficiently good computers first, while small craft required hands-on controls till the middle seasons of TNG when most of the practical flying was taken away from the pilot and he was left with just those cursor keys...

FWIW, these seem to be our best screencap views to the controls of the ST5 craft:

http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/a.../tffhd0713.jpg
http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/a.../tffhd0968.jpg
http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/a.../tffhd0977.jpg

Alas, none of this survives the prop's transformation into the Type 6 shuttle... But flat panels seem to be in vogue here as well as on the bridge of the hero starship.

Timo Saloniemi
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