An observation regarding the schematics of the Hermes, Saladin, and Ptolemy classes seen in STII:
I was recently watching TWOK and I happened to have my Star Fleet Technical Manual out. When those schematics came onscreen in the background, I noticed something. It appears that to produce that "computer-screen" effect, they just backlit the panel with a projection of a transparency of the actual manual page. You can verify this by comparing the book page with the screen. (If you don't have either the book or the film, there are some decent screenshots, and page scans at The Neutral Zone.)
Well, it means that now not only the designs are canonical, but so is all the other information on the page. (Specifically, the Class name and type, and the specs for the ships.)
So now, instead of three unknown TOS-era ship designs, we have canonical confirmation for the Hermes-class scout, Saladin-Class destroyer, and the Ptolemy-class tug/transport.
Also (not that it's important) has anyone noticed that this same display was seen on the bridge in STIII as well?
I was always under the impression that the Hermes and the Saladin classes were identical, and apart from mission specifics, there were no other differences.
Diagrams of ships as filler in displays is an iffy subject as far as "official-ness" is concerned. Yes, I agree that the diagrams are canon, but as far as we know no ships of those classes were ever built, as none were ever seen on screen or referred to in dialogue.
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Looks like the designs, and the registries NCC-500 and NCC-3801 are there, so those can be considered canon. But the names "Saladin" and "Ptolemy" are actually cut off...
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The external arrangement of the Hermes and Saladin classes are identical except for the aforementioned weapons discrepancies. It is possible, however (though only conjecture) that their internal layout could be different, much as with the "transport containers" for the Ptolemy.
As for the names, while TSN is correct about them not being on the ships themselves, the displays in the upper left corners read:
CLASS I DESTROYER Saladin-Class Starships
CLASS I SCOUT Hermes-Class Starships
CLASS I TRANSPORT/TUG Ptolemy-Class Starships
While only the book and not the panels explicitly indicate the shown vessel to be the actual prototype of the class, I think it's fairly obvious. I am certainly prepared to accept the registries NCC-500, NCC-585, and NCC-3801 as those of the USS Saladin, USS Hermes, and USS Ptolemy, respectively.
Well I'll be damned! LOL. I was hoping that there will someday be cannon proof that there were other types of starships in the TOS era other than the Connie type 1. Little did I know that we had proof for nearly 16 years! Cool. Can you think about how cool those ships would look if they got the same type of refit that the Enterprise got?
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"As for the names, while TSN is correct about them not being on the ships themselves, the displays in the upper left corners read..."
That not what I said. I said the names were cut off. The very words you are referring to were not onscreen, because the displays were round. The names "Saladin" and "Ptolemy" are just barely missing, but they are missing.
I want everyone to know that I am what some people call a 'canon freak.'I go very much by what we see onscreen. But, I do have to say, in this case TSN, I think we can dispense with the hullabaloo over some letters being cut-off. Most of the display is still there, and we are all aware (or should be ) of what the dispaly says.