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!
I never said the original design and the on-screen Akira were 100% the same, just that the original designer said they were launch bay doors.
As you've already pointed out the launch point for the Escort-Carrier is set up for the Armitage Saucer's underside hanger bay. Using any other saucer causes pet craft to materialize underneath the saucer and I can't see the Dev's moving the launch point depending on the saucer you use.
So, either way, whether they're windows or launch bay doors is probably a moot point tbh.
Ah, well okay. I've seen a large number of people who instead of going "Those were said to be doors in original plan, and could be changed to that." went "Those were always doors, even on screen no matter what you say just cause the original draft of the Akira said so."