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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 15
04-11-2012, 01:39 PM
I'd just chalk it up to using existing assets for a background shot. Star Trek is notorious for reusing assets (reusing the old Excelsior model for Star Trek Generations, kitbashing, etc.) to keep the budget down.
correct. the real reason you see them in later series episodes is entirely due to budget constraints, which require the use of pre-existing assets to save time and money required for making new ones.

realistically, neither the miranda, nor the constitution, nor the excelsior, nor most of the other old ships would actually be still in production for centuries at a time. they would be replaced as new design, construction and technological improvements are made that result in better ships.