Since we got the Armitage now, a carrier escort, any chance we can have those nasty little windows up front on the nose replaced with the forward fighter launch bays the Akira is supposed to have?
I mean it is after all a very distinctive design feature of the ship.
You know, i actually just noticed that the Armitage model actually does have both forward and rear facing hangar bays on the underside of the saucer section.
So now I think its even more crucial that the Akire gets her foreward bays!
That was before the Akira as a whole was reduced in size. Last I heard, a type 6 shuttle would have trouble flying through those 'front doors'. Likewise, if the hanger deck went through the entire saucer it'd take up a LOT of room and reduce effectiveness of other systems.
The ORIGINAL plan was those to be doors. Plans change. They are now windows, not launch doors.
Besides. If they were actually doors in the show... Why not show them used? Why not show this carrier capability?
Face it, the original plan and the ship that ended up on the screen are not 100% the same. Hence the Armitage literally being said to "Honor/showcase" the original plan of the ship.
And look, to do it they had to extend the lower part of the Saucer just to fit the hanger!