I read a post which says the Enterprise's and Reliant's armaments in Wrath of Khan were seen as an afterthoughts since they're both science ships. That got me thinking about what a proper warship would look like in TOS if what the Enterprise carries is the bare minimum. Spoiler: Design Notes I rationalize the bridge on top rule as an all or nothing armor scheme which implies weapons should be on the bottom of the ship. So all the main guns are down there. The nav sensor and deflector is down there too to protect against radiation, same as why the warp engines are normally away from the hull on Fed ships. I treat the sensor domes like the fire control radars of missile cruisers, but for the Type 12 phasers, and as secondary phaser mounts and as torpedo mounts. For this I imagine the Enterprise using a Type 8 phaser as the main gun, and a Type 6 as its tail gun. I might also add main sensor dishes facing every direction, not just forward, but only if it looks good. The main hull is not saucer shaped, at most it's oval shaped, making the over all profile a little cylindrical or cone like. Going for a saucer is too common and doesn't suit this design. The danger is in going too 20th century battleship but I think I got around that problem by breaking the fore-aft symmetry. Also, by keeping the ship somewhat narrow it will make rotation around its long axis much easier, so if attacked from the top it can just roll to line up its main guns. The deck house bridge structure has an extra deck for a Combat Information Center and flag staff facilities. I intend to give it eight impulse engine exhaust ports and four warp engines, but who knows, maybe it looks best with two warp engines. I also have no idea if it will look good or make physical sense from the top and bottom, so here's hoping. I'm reusing the tank phaser but the intention is the ship's phaser is significantly larger.