So Was watching a couple clips from Wrath of Khan and TMP, and I recalled what had been implied about the five year mission by Gene, either in an interview or in the novel for TMP (I can't remember which, it's all osmosis at this point.) I remember him indicating that TOS was "not as we saw it" basically, in his mind. IE That the original series is basically the overly colorful, simplified, tall-tales version of events. Well it got me thinking about The Enterprise herself. Everyone knows that the TMP E is actually very different from the TOS ship to the point that some people are of the mind that it would have made more sense to just build a new damn ship. Well... I was thinking. What if that wasn't the case? What could the TMP Enterprise have looked like during the "reimagined" 5-year mission? Just some food for thought, and I was wondering if anyone had taken a stab at trying to "back engineer" and see what came out of it? Keep in mind. I'm not saying "re-imagine the TOS E with modern stuff on it." There have been many attempts at that. I'm thinking more, reverse engineer the TMP E into what it might have looked like on it's five year mission from within that very different look and feel. My initial thoughts on that would be: Engines would be the key change here. Fewer warp-grilles. Rounded shape at the front that flattens out and goes to more of a (|) shape near the rear. The inner-glowing grilles on the TMP E would be half as tall on these engines. I'd make the bussard cap similar to something like the Kelvin. No big glowy domes. Different, bulkier impulse engines. Make em take up more space on the aft of the saucer. Maybe have two impulse crystals on the top that flank left and right on the saucer? Reduce the double barrel torpedo launcher to a single tube that runs flush with the neck-line and is flanked by old-style tracking systems. | ; O ; | Nav-deflector. Sticks out further under the saucer. It would have some backlit style, but there would also be a solid element to it. The spike on Koerner's E might fit this look nicely. I'd change the hangar doors to be similar to the TOS-E, instead of those smooth doors, they'd be more segmented. Old style pennants/furniture from the TOS-E. Kelvin-ish font for the registries and IDs. NASA white hull coloring. Though, depending on which point in her life you'd want to show, i'd put a lot of weathering from "exposure" on her near the end of the five year mission.