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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 13
03-01-2011, 11:01 AM
Ships are symmetrical and often the same dimensions on all sides because those are the most energy efficient shapes to support using whatever fields and wiring you have.

The Assimilated Engine is different in 2 ways:
1: We have no idea from where this engine came from a borg ship, it could have been part of a larger array.

2: We already know that a lot of Borg tech on Starfleet ships tends to be McGyver'ed on the first place, so its probably a method of convenience rather than having to build a new engine housing. Also, perhaps if you earn the engine twice they can crafted into a symmetrical set?