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Old November 2 2012, 03:43 PM   #61
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Re: Constitution, Miranda, and Constelation Class

The only true "fingerprint" ships in the Trekverse ever seem to give is their warp signature, which can be read through cloaking devices, holographic overpainting, attempts at broadcasting a false signature over the top of it etc

Which is useless if the warp drive is disengaged, such as the crippled Stargazer.
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Old November 2 2012, 10:36 PM   #62
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Re: Constitution, Miranda, and Constelation Class

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For an "on the third hand" argument (this is, after all, both Star Trek and Halloween Hangover), it is a prominent feature in the Trek universe that certain starship designs are in common use across cultural borders. Officially, this sort of begins with "Heart of Glory" where the only way to tell a certain freighter for a Talarian vessel is to wait for her pennant paint to become visible. Anybody with a brush and some vacuum-proof paint could thus engage in "false flag" piracy - and anybody who ever navigated the spacelanes would know of the risk of such things, and be wary of approaching ships, even if these flew the Starfleet flag.
The way I see it, there are certain companies/governments that manufacture a bunch of ships that a whole lot of other groups buy from. It would make sense that you'd buy ships from someone with better or more efficient tech than you, unless there were serious security concerns (which probably wouldn't be an issue unless you were buying from Binars, or Romulans or the like). We know that there are arms dealers dealing with governments - that's how Quark's cousin got his moon, after all. If everyone made their own stuff, he'd be out of a job, or at least not be near as lucrative, only selling to relatively small pirate and merc groups. Plus, standardization means cheaper and more available maintenance, which would be important for freighters going all over several quadrants.
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Old November 14 2012, 11:53 AM   #63
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Re: Constitution, Miranda, and Constelation Class

just re-watching "Star Trek the Wrath of Khan" and I'm surprise that Spock said that Enterprise is actually got overpowered by Reliant. But looking at the ships' bodies, I can tell that the Enterprise is actually lack in weapon department, compared to her opposition, Reliant. I don't know why. Is it because Miranda Class newer than the Constitution Class or they are actually a warship.
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Old November 14 2012, 01:15 PM   #64
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The difference is rather slight, not enough to create a "warship vs. peaceship" contrast here. There could be completely obscure technological or political reasons for not installing aft torpedoes on the Enterprise, just like various obscure concerns dictated whether a WWII battleship would be built with 2+2+2+2 or 3+3+3 main guns, neither configuration being necessarily better or worse than the other.

Perhaps the Enterprise is a newer and more agile design and for that reason doesn't need rear torpedo tubes to cover her ass?

As for the torpedo tubes of the Constellation class, we see little evidence for their presence or absence in "The Battle", but OTOH dialogue insists that they are there. Quite possibly they could be found in their "proper" places at the junctions of the engine pylons, then, if we just could see there. When we do see a close-up of that part of the ship class in "Peak Performance", there is no dialogue to insist that the ship would be armed with torpedoes. Perhaps Starfleet faired over the torpedo tubes when it retired USS Hathaway?

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Old November 14 2012, 03:41 PM   #65
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In addition to the Enterprise being possibly more maneuverable or at least faster it might say something that the torpedo pod and extra phasers are an add-on to the basic Reliant design.

Oh, as for "The Battle" we can see that there are no visible tubes ala Enterprise neck area on the Stargazer. I boosted the levels in the screencap so you can see that they are covered over, top and bottom. Her torpedo tubes were probable TOS-style, in the lower saucer.

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Old November 14 2012, 04:49 PM   #66
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That sort of resolution doesn't really allow us to distinguish between "looking normal", "covered over" and "replaced by sunflower-filled greenhouses"...

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Old November 14 2012, 06:54 PM   #67
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Plus one can always put the engines "on shifts" allowing one pair to 'rest', and thereby doubling the operational life of the pods. Very room ship it be.
There is a reference to this somewhere that when the warp drive is engaged so are all four engines, but the pairs alternate every so often taking over the majority of the propulsion, going back and forwards between them to extend engine life.
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Old November 14 2012, 08:54 PM   #68
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That sort of resolution doesn't really allow us to distinguish between "looking normal", "covered over" and "replaced by sunflower-filled greenhouses"...

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It's enough that we can't see the normal DARK spots associated with the torpedo tubes
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Old November 14 2012, 09:44 PM   #69
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...Or the normal BRIGHT spots to mark portholes.

In that violation of a screencap, e.g. the blue shuttlebay doors have lost their telltale hue, too. Were they absent from the Stargazer until she turned her flank toward the camera?

This is our absolute best view of the ship's bow, and the top torp deck area is in such shadow that darker central rectangles may be present just as well as absent:

http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x...tle_hd_149.jpg

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Old November 15 2012, 01:05 AM   #70
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She was side illuminated, so the side shuttlebay door was washed out abit. However the torpedo parts at the pylons would've still been visible like the Reliant and Enterprise from the front.

You could argue that the Constellation class has her torpedo launchers shuttered. Otherwise, they're not visible in those locations leaving the saucer section. Since we see DS9 Mirandas fire from the bottom saucer are torpedoes it isn't unheard of to have them there, IMHO.
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Old November 15 2012, 08:36 AM   #71
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Remind me, where do we see this torpedo-firing Miranda? There's phaser fire from an unlikely ventral location in "Emissary", plus dialogue to indicate that the ship in question has forward torpedo bays despite lacking a dorsal pod, but no sign of torpedo firing. There are also surprising ventral torpedoes from a Nebula in ST:FC, perhaps comparable to the sight of a Miranda firing downwards. But an actual firing from the dorsal side of a Miranda...?

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Old November 15 2012, 03:31 PM   #72
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@Timo - I just reviewed my notes and misremembered. AFAIK, there were no Reliant's to fire torpedoes in DS9. That just leaves only the TOS Enterprise with saucer torpedo launchers.
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Old November 15 2012, 04:37 PM   #73
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Re: Constitution, Miranda, and Constelation Class

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Plus one can always put the engines "on shifts" allowing one pair to 'rest', and thereby doubling the operational life of the pods. Very room ship it be.
There is a reference to this somewhere that when the warp drive is engaged so are all four engines, but the pairs alternate every so often taking over the majority of the propulsion, going back and forwards between them to extend engine life.
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Well I have at least remembered that it's from The Lost Era: The Buried Age, in the first few pages, just need to charge my kindle and get the exact quote.
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Old November 15 2012, 05:36 PM   #74
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Re: Constitution, Miranda, and Constelation Class

Simple
Constitution = Cruiser

Miranda = Frigate

Constellation = Destroyer
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Old November 15 2012, 08:05 PM   #75
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That was succinct.
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