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Old April 29 2014, 12:40 AM   #1
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10-Forward Enterprise(s) size(s) monkey wrench in debate?

In a lot of the pre and post Trek '09 debates about the size of the new Enterprise 1701, the original size that Probert gave for the Enterprise-D (at around 700m) was often cited (to compare the nuEnterprise too) -- but doesn't the addition of the 10-forward, adding *3* decks to the front of the saucer, not just *1* - significantly change the size of the Enterprise-D (to a size I like better, personally...)

Thus change the size of the nuEnterprise in relation to it (*still* making the NCC-1701-D the bigger ship...?)

Or are we just gonna fudge-it and make the 1701-sauce front magically *thicker* (and thus everything else as it looks on the smaller model made later for the show....??

And if the E-D is no bigger - how much bigger *is* ir now? What is the new size of the E-D!?

(And damn, if the E-D is bigger - then those Spacedock-type Starbases are EVER MORE *GIGANTIC*!?!?!?)

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Just wondering...

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Old April 29 2014, 01:02 PM   #2
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The size of the saucer rim is a somewhat subjective matter, as different photographic/CGI models of the ship feature different thicknesses, and these are used interchangeably throughout the seasons.

It doesn't seem as if we really need a third deck between the two window rows there, especially considering that the other window rows on the saucer do not change. The "deck" coinciding with the sensor strip is probably not walking-height, but merely a mass of machinery and the occasional Jeffries tube. See the pan-into-10-Fwd shots for how thin the sensor strip actually is in relation to the windows in the visual reality of the show...

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Old April 29 2014, 02:35 PM   #3
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Re: 10-Forward Enterprise(s) size(s) monkey wrench in debate?

I don't think any Trek ship is consistently scaled. If you bump up Ten Forward, you break the scale of all the other windows on the ship (although I don't think they ever fitted precisely anyway - so many different window sizes on the model and just the one type on the sets), the observation lounge windows and the top of the bridge which shows quite clearly on the model. Ditto, if you scale up the nuEnterprise to the 1200m it's shuttlebay interior was scaled to, it breaks the scale on the observation domes on top and bottom of the saucer, the damaged corridors shown when the power cuts out, and the bridge window.

Just think of it as a dramatic licence, as is often used with the Statue of Liberty. It looks much bigger than it really is, and filmmakers tend to work to the perception rather than the fact.
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Old April 29 2014, 04:07 PM   #4
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Re: 10-Forward Enterprise(s) size(s) monkey wrench in debate?

Well, the topic was partially discussed in the fan art section. Since the final Ten Forward windows do not match the bow windows of the 6-footer VFX model, I tend to envision the location of Ten Forward to be the set of windows above the Captain's Yacht.

That should have been the optimal location in the first place, anyway.

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Old April 29 2014, 10:14 PM   #5
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Re: 10-Forward Enterprise(s) size(s) monkey wrench in debate?

I agree, a much better location for many reasons.

Tough to rationalize the name "Ten Forward" though. Almost as if the name of the set came first, then the building of it...
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Old April 29 2014, 11:36 PM   #6
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>I tend to envision the location of Ten Forward to be the set of windows above the Captain's Yacht.

>I agree, a much better location for many reasons.



^^^ yep, but for other many reasons it would't be to good. For starters, in that case the bar couldn't be caall neither TEN nor FORWARD
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Old April 30 2014, 04:26 AM   #7
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>I tend to envision the location of Ten Forward to be the set of windows above the Captain's Yacht.

>I agree, a much better location for many reasons.



^^^ yep, but for other many reasons it would't be to good. For starters, in that case the bar couldn't be caall neither TEN nor FORWARD
I must be spending too much time on io9. I tried to star your post.
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Old April 30 2014, 05:34 AM   #8
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Well, the topic was partially discussed in the fan art section. Since the final Ten Forward windows do not match the bow windows of the 6-footer VFX model, I tend to envision the location of Ten Forward to be the set of windows above the Captain's Yacht.
How do you explain the exterior shot of Ten Forward that puts it on the saucer's edge? I can't recall, at the moment, which episode that was in.
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Old April 30 2014, 05:44 AM   #9
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I wanna say early in Season 2, I'm pretty sure... a zoom in on Wesley Crusher.

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Old April 30 2014, 06:46 AM   #10
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Isn't it near the end of S2E1? A shot from the outside that includes a portion of the sensor array, I think.
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Old April 30 2014, 12:38 PM   #11
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How do you explain the exterior shot of Ten Forward that puts it on the saucer's edge? I can't recall, at the moment, which episode that was in.
I don't, but given the majority of externally visible shots and other items for size reference, as pointed out by King Daniel, I'm choosing the lesser of two (we)evils. YMMV

The window bay above the Captain's Yacht also faces "forward", so I don't see a problem here. Admittedly, the Ten Forward windows are not compatible with this window bay, but neither are they compatible with the central bow windows on the saucer section of the bigger 6-foot VFX model.

For all I know the "ten" could refer to the amount of tables or hospitality zones or else. But if one insisted, the "ten" were referring to the actual deck number, I'd wonder how tall the decks then would be on an Enterprise-D now almost twice the size of Andrew Probert's creation...

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Old April 30 2014, 01:02 PM   #12
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Of course, as the bar is captained by a comedian who speaks like a trucker when need be and plays a "listener", the name could simply be a twist on "10-4"...

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Old April 30 2014, 01:18 PM   #13
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"10-4"? That's just a fracking brilliant rationalization.

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... I'm choosing the lesser of two (we)evils.
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Re: 10-Forward Enterprise(s) size(s) monkey wrench in debate?

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The size of the saucer rim is a somewhat subjective matter, as different photographic/CGI models of the ship feature different thicknesses, and these are used interchangeably throughout the seasons.

It doesn't seem as if we really need a third deck between the two window rows there, especially considering that the other window rows on the saucer do not change. The "deck" coinciding with the sensor strip is probably not walking-height, but merely a mass of machinery and the occasional Jeffries tube. See the pan-into-10-Fwd shots for how thin the sensor strip actually is in relation to the windows in the visual reality of the show...

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We actually DID see a Jeffries Tube just above 10-FOrward in the episode where those "ghosts" took the crew hostage...

Makes sense, even if that who are is original human deck-height, it's probably stuffed with sensor equipment now, and needs a Jeffries Tube to access some of it for the interior.

Btw, anyone else miss those full-person height Jefferies tubes we saw a few times...one in ST:V, and once in that episode where that ex-soldier escapes. (And they remind me of the inter-deck tubes we saw in Enterprise "In A Mirror Darkly pt 2". I just think some "tubes" should be bigger, so large equipment could be moved through them. Plus not EVERY corridor in a Star Ship should be a comfy hotel-looking "hallway". But after..."The Hunted"(?) we never saw them again - like they never existed.
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