Shaw wrote:A bit more playing around... though I'm not sure there is really any need/want for another set of deck plans for the Enterprise.
I dunno, Shaw. I think other online blueprints attempt to show the Production run of the Enterprise rather than the Pilot ship. I think it's great you are focusing on the first arrangement! Keep going!
Shaw wrote:One aspect that I should note is that the design can receive shuttlecraft, but has no provision for storing/maintaining them. This makes the Starship class a lot like the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers where all of the ships have landing pads, but only the later versions include enclosed hangars for storage/maintenance of assigned helicopters. One could assume that the Enterprise was only retrofitted with shuttlecraft support abilities around the beginning of TOS.
Interesting point, Sir. I was also thinking, if the Federation does, like the modern American Navy does, in that they commission a ship, bigger than the last namesake with more capabilities, and, once launched, de-commission the last model and simply transfer the history to the newer ship.
This might explain why the Production Enterprise could accommodate more Shuttlecraft and store/maintain them as well.
Food for thought!
As always, I enjoy your drawings and musings!