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Old December 25 2013, 03:43 PM   #54
Robert Comsol
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Re: The TWOK Enterprise's torpedo bay revisited

Albertese wrote: View Post
I can imagine a set-up where one injector (perhaps no bigger than your average five-gallon bucket) feeding six chambers located hexagonally around it, like the chamber of a revolver. The actual tubes may or may not actually revolve.
Actually, although my TOS Enterprise deck plan thread has taken a temorary hiatus, a revolver mechanism with probes and/or torpedoes is exactly what I imagine in the stern part of the phaser control room from "Balance of Terror" behind the grated window.

However, "to keep a number of [non-solid, energy ball] torpedoes at the ready, because arming the torpedoes is an operation that requires some time" is a concept which - IMHO - is too sophisticated and out of sync with the TOS context featured in the series.

"Obsession" featured a good example how they'd transport antimatter: in a solid pod.

I think that's what a TOS photon torpedo warhead would have looked like, spearheading a missile that would have consisted of Nomad and other recycled parts.

And then there's the "Errand of Mercy" dialogue to be considered:

SPOCK: Minor, Captain. We were most fortunate. Blast damage in decks ten and eleven, minor buckling in the antimatter pods, casualties very light.

I think there is good reason to have antimatter storage "down there" for the photon torpedoes, but the way I see it these antimatter pods are either warheads for a photon torpedo or spheres that can be used as mines or the like.

Bob
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