Tesral wrote:I like pairs. The odd number nacelle ships do nothing for me. My personal canon has morphed any odd nacelle ships I want into twin nacelle designs.
I'm with you, Tesral, about the warp nacelles needing to be in pairs. I think the nacelles act in pairs to form the warp bubble or warp wave on which the ship is pushed into and beyond light speeds. The presence of more nacelles (typically in pairs) would create a more stable warp bubble and, therefore being more efficient, inducing greater speeds.
The absence of paired nacelles, as is the case with odd numbered nacelles, would destabilize the warp bubble causing a collapse of the bubble/field at worst or, at best, reduced speedsl; because there is nothing for the single nacelle to "push' against. IMHO those ships with odd nacelles are impractical.
Another beef is the design of the DS9 Defiant; it has the warp engines, granted they are paired, incorporated into the primary hull. If, as I have previously stated, the warp bubble/field is formed BETWEEN the pair nacelles, then those ship designs where the nacelles are close to the primary hull, rather than away from the hull, would subject all personnel living and working between those nacelles to drastic distortions of subspace and matter/anti-matter collision and reactions; causing unknown mutations and human deaths.
Tesral wrote:The Hermes and Saladin are not two of those designs.
Except these designs, of course!
But everything mentioned above is hypothetically theoretical and doesn't take into account the "coolness" factor so, WT H.E. double toothpicks - do what looks cool and have fun building models!!