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# 15
01-16-2013, 10:11 PM
As a compromise...

Considering that the name of this class of ship inspires the thought of a Diplomatic Emissary...

Perhaps it was felt during it's (in-universe) design process, that having the photon torpedo launchers so obviously seen, could be a detriment to it's mission goals.

Therefore, the designers hid them away behind a movable panel.

It wouldn't be the first time this thought process could have been used, as according to the actual production designer of the NX-Enterprise (Doug Drexler), this was purposely built into his design of that particular ship.

Form follows Function.
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Last edited by daveyny; 01-16-2013 at 10:14 PM.