Re: Let's Discuss the Romulan Bird of Prey!
No, it was espionage based on Federation designs.
I thought I read in an article somewhere that the original idea was that the ship was a Federation ship that the Romulans stole. I'd have to find the article or script to be sure.
I always liked the blueprints/deck plans for it. Nice small ship with the front half basically being the plasma weapon. I can't think of how those prints could be improved much.
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