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Guardian 2000
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Whoa. I was watching "Tears of the Prophets"[DS9-6] when I noticed something I've never heard anyone mention before. It appears to be a Cardassian runabout.

In the pics below, note the vessel in the bay. If the upper structure is the mushroom head, the bay is in the "stalk". You'll see two bays and two sulfur-colored Cardassian runabouts, the first of which explodes along with the rest of the station around it.

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Runabout is probably not the right name, more like a cargo shuttle by the looks of it.
Well spotted though!

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Interesting find, indeed. How come it hasn't been mentioned by any of the designers?
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Guardian 2000
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Could indeed be a cargo shuttle of some sort. I just picked the name runabout to avoid confusion and give a sense of the vessel's size, which seems on par with the Federation Danubes and the Romulan "shuttle" runabout that Senator Vreenak rode around in. The Cardassian "shuttle" we've seen was, if memory serves, a downscaled Hideki.

It's got an awfully big ass, in any event, with a cockpit window, what appears to be warp nacelles (since the big ass would preclude their use as impulse thrusters), and so on. It is approximately two stories tall, judging by the window rows nearby. The blockiness is reminscent of the Galor destroyers.

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Looks like the Mystery Machine... welp that's the end of those "meddling kids". [Smile]

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"How come it hasn't been mentioned by any of the designers?"

Given how small and insignificant it is, I'd be surprised if it's much more than a few boxes with a hastily sketched texture applied. Why put any detail into it, if it's going to take years before anyone even realizes it was there?

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A) There are definately two separate vessels, however, are they of two different designs? see image 2 and 5 for reference.

B) Is this the physical model of DS9 or the CGI? Or does it not matter...

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Uh...that is most certainly not DS9...
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I don't see the indication of two separate vessel types.

And, to make J's comment not-totally-weird, there are standard Cardassian-station deflector doohickeys visible above the first visible docking bay. But, for some odd reason, they're pointed downward.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Mighty Monkey of Mim:
Uh...that is most certainly not DS9...

Obviously not, but I noticed (and applaud!) the use of the DS9 type shield generator.
They really went out of their way to give the Cardasians a unique style.

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That's something I like especially with DS9. They really put some thought into the series. Compare that with say Voyager... [Wink]
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Ok, sorry, I was lost for a moment. It's not DS9.

However, I still think there are two separate vessels, there... I'm just not certain if there are two different designs.

1 & 2 show the same bay, and 3 shows the camera angle widen or panning, by 4 the first bay has exploded and the second bay is coming into view. So there are two vessels.

Now are they of different designs? Image 1 2 & 3 show the first ship. And it seems to be uniform on the top, IE level. Image 4 and 5 show what might not even be a ship at all in the second bay. It looks like a smaller box infront of a larger one--- but I'm not convinced that it's just boxes, we've seen ships that look like two boxes in low res like this before.

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"Compare that with say Voyager..."

An odd comment, considering that Voyager was home to the apparently fan-favorite designer.

More than that, how does that sort of thing actually affect a show's "quality?" "Boy, those new Borg ships sure look strange and Borg-like. Voyager is great!" It just doesn't follow. There are plenty of reasons not to like Voyager (though I seem to not like it a bit less than others), but this just isn't one of them. Perhaps I'm overly sensitive.

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I just *adore* this kind of attention to utterly insignificant detail! These VFX people must be insane! In a very nice way, of course.

I wonder if these designs could be what was operating out of the runabout bays of DS9 while it still was Terok Nor? They'd be tighter fits than the Federation craft, but not too large if we go by the general scale and ignore the close-ups of runabouts sitting on the elevator surfaces on the station exterior...

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quote:
Originally posted by Timo:
I just *adore* this kind of attention to utterly insignificant detail! These VFX people must be insane! In a very nice way, of course.

I wonder if these designs could be what was operating out of the runabout bays of DS9 while it still was Terok Nor? They'd be tighter fits than the Federation craft, but not too large if we go by the general scale and ignore the close-ups of runabouts sitting on the elevator surfaces on the station exterior...

That was my thought as well. After all, Empok Nor also had landing pads, IIRC.

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