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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 368
08-15-2011, 04:02 PM
Originally Posted by Blayyde
I'm not sure about the "using the saucer after the stardrive was destroyed" part. They used the same nacelles as the Galaxy, and a similar secondary hull. Circumstancial evidence seems to show that they were built to take advantage of construction orders of large numbers of Galaxy saucers. They weren't really a kitbash, though, more a new class in their own right.

I like my comparison to the Miranda. The Miranda clearly came after the Constitution, but appears to have been a testbed for the design changes that went into the Constitution refit. So the Nebula MIGHT have been a preliminary class that came before the Galaxy, to test the technology. Later Nebulas, though, ended up with more advanced systems than the Galaxy, particularly when it comes to sensors. This seems to be backed up by the large number of prototype designs that seem to vary from the standard. (And again, the Miranda seems to vary a lot more than the Constitution class ever did)
I'll try and find the article, I read it a long time ago. It was about the design phase of the Nebula, and how it was intended to rescue galaxy sacucers. It mentioned that only one prototype was built, then the federation realized its versitility and added the galaxy sacuer to future models. According to memory alpha the Galaxy and Nebula were built at the same time.

(In all reaility the Nebula was a kit bash of two galaxys used in Best of Both worlds. Then producers thought the design was worthy of its own place in the show.)