Except of course there really WAS Romulan spies on Vulcan. Not that I think the Romulan's nicked the design, the vague similarity could just be a coincidence. That or the Emmette was reverse engineered from an old, obsolete Vulcan design, one that's very similar the the ships they had pre-Surak...
Well, if they were without warp technology, I think it's safe to assume that their technology level is around that of 21st century Earth, probably around the time they discovered warp. I'd be willing to bet that an early Human design like this would be a hell of a lot easier to copy than a Vulcan design, which would be more complex.
Also, there may be security issues. Infiltrating the Vulcan society is one thing, but getting to their technology, might be a whole nother story. It'd probably be easier to get into a Human facility, disguised as a Vulcan, than it would be to get into a Vulcan facility.
Alternatively, if, they did travel into earth territory, although it may have taken a long time, it would probably be easier to hijack a Human ship, with it's relatively puny defenses, than it would a Vulcan ship. With sufficient work on the part of the Romulans, I'm sure the ships disappearance could be made to look like an accident, and very little would probably come of any investigation, given Earth's limited resources (yeah, I know they'd be aided by the Vulcans, but I doubt they'd commit everything they had to an investigation.).
Who knows...perhaps the Romulans copied the Iceland instead. Those ships probably have more range from home, so little could be done about any disappearance. I'm just glad that we finally have this ship to feast our eyes on.
Edit: Odd...when I hover my mouse over the pictures on the blog, they are shown as labeled "iss emmette". Mirror Universe? Maybe the front of the model wasn't finished until the scene it was used in was modified for the MU episode title sequence.
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Yes you did! That was our first look at a great little ship.
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Yet, what about what I'm saying. I highly doubt a CGI model built for a motion picture only existed in one file on one computer and was never saved anywhere else or worked on by anyone else. Someone, somewhere has a copy of it - and the others used in FC.
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