Hello, Mr. Sternbach, I realize that it's been twenty years since the TNG episode "The Naked Now" was broadcast, so I'll understand if your memory about it is a bit cloudy (if you even answer my post at all), but I'll still give it a shot. In the episode, there is a science vessel called the Tsiolkovsky. The dedication plaque for the ship was made by Mike Okuda; it stated the ship was "Oberth class," and the launch date was almost right before the Enterprise-D was launched. However, the Grissom model from ST:III was used to represent the ship, obviously as a cost cutting measure (I'm well aware of how the producers never liked to have new models built and preferred re-using old models & stock footage). My question is this: Was the "Oberth Class" actually supposed to be a new design, instead of being forever linked to the Grissom model? The evidence seems to say yes: The Tsiolkovsky's launch date, its high registry number, the interior hallways matching that of the Enterprise-D, the fact that the Grissom model wasn't even re-labeled from its use in the movie, and the fact that in several other instances ("The Pegasus" notable among them), there is precedence for using the old Grissom model when the ship in question was supposed to be something else. So was the Oberth class supposed to be new, and did you perhaps draw up some preliminary sketches of what it was supposed to look like (like you did for the Pegasus)? Thanks again for your time, Mr. Sternbach.