^Oh, holy cow, I see it, in the background just below and left of the Enterprise
. You mean that's the study model for the Adam/McQuarrie "Star Destroyer" ship?
Hmm... I suppose, in-universe, it could be a descendant of the "Warp Delta"
ships seen in Enterprise
. Although in reality it's probably the other way around.
I wonder if it was supposed to be this:
Here is yet another view:
Now I do seem to remember how folks hated filming around the refit model--and some even considered blowing it up (glad that didn't happen.)
The McQuarrie-prise would be better for camera work--even if the model was huge, the nacelles--being short, could be slid on and off those wide supports.
There would be plenty of attachment points along that long wedge.
If you made the model really large--say, 30 feet long with architectural model detail--it would put the Cygnus from The Black Hole
to shame. That wide stance means you can put a big camera between the nacelles and fly along the top of it towards a city-ship saucer rising in the distance--that was what Ralph wanted--were I to put myself in his shoes.
That is the only way to do that design effectively--coming off as all but being miles long.
Probert wanted elegance: Ralph and Adam? Filmability.
The Ariel was to point towards a ship that could travel between galaxies. Were I to do a take, it would dwarf even Vengeance. Instead of the two rocket tubes, two clusters of antennae of different lengths--like those we saw on the aft of the ship on the cover of the novel Dreadnought
! except facing forward. The secondary hull would have terraces as would the saucer. The underside of the secondary hull would have a dome like on the Star destroyer, but would actually be a huge dish--as the Snark did up top: http://www.reocities.com/Area51/aurora/9557/cobb6c.html
The aft view would be like the tail of the Venator, only without the tubes.
I can just hear Holst's The Planets
playing as a camera zooms in on this monster...