I think the "heavy mechanical and/or construction" comment probably means initial construction or
refitting. I don't think the comment is meant to imply only initial
constructions. Greg Jein seems to have meant the "heavy lifting" portion of major repair work, as opposed to the "finishing touches" and "punch list" items. You don't think NCC-1701 was only about 83 percent constructed, do you? You don't think that Greg Jein thought NCC-1701 was only 83 percent built, do you? And you don't think that Matt Jefferies thought that NCC-1701 was only 83 percent built, do you?
Scene 3 of the Final Draft script for "Court Martial" has the following conent:
"INT. STONE'S OFFICE
"FEATURING chart with legend: STAR SHIP STATUS
. Columns lettered: Major Maintenance...Minor Maintenance...Ships Incoming...Ships Cleared."
In the end, Matt Jefferies seems to have exercised some artistic discretion. We have a "Star Ship Status" chart, but one that says "% complete"--and which shows those ships that have been "cleared" (by use of the little green bar on the 100% completed vessel). But it's clear that the intent of the chart was to show ships coming and going for maintenance, not ships being constructed. Why would NCC-1701 be undergoing construction?
(Also, I think none of the other ship captains who were already present on Stabase 11 were willing to serve on the court martial board of the Great Captain Kirk. In the end, they could only rustle up two; they had to settle for a "Space Command Representative" for the reamining trail board member.)
Robert Comsol wrote:
Why do you think that Greg Jein speculated that the bars on the "Star Ship Status" chart shows ships being built? "The Case of Jonathan Doe Starship" makes reference to "ships in port and undergoing repair," but it doesn't seem to make reference to the idea that the ships, such as NCC-1700, were actually being constructed. Where does that idea come from?
"* R[uth ]B[erman]'s note. ... He [Greg Jein] suggested that perhaps the extra percentage 'refers to some form of "finishing touch" labor, i.e., painting, checking computer, etc' and the first part of the graph 'to heavy mechanical labor/construction.'"
^^ In the end, Greg Jein himself suggested a different interpretation for "NCC-1700", but apparently most people (then and now) didn't read that far.
What you probably need to do is look at the "Court Martial" script and actually find out exactly what information that "Star Ship Status" chart was scripted and intended to be communicated to the viewing audience.
Although I seriously doubt that the script will have such information, why exactly, do I need
to examine the script?
According to Jefferies' Nomenclature the "Star Ship Status" chart shows starships of the 16th, 17th and 18th Federation cruiser design (reminder: before the producers settled for "Starship Class" the Enterprise
was a member of the "Cruiser Class").
Apparently, we do see the NCC registries of starships of the Constitution, the Enterprise and the Miranda Class.