The Bussard collector and impulse engine (shouldn't it be the red thing above the center line?) clearly indicate it's a starboard view, besides the fact that the other ship diagrams also face in this direction. A bridge at the very rear end? Why not, the boxy design was more disturbing at first, but now I like it. A daring design for Star Trek. I think Shadow likes it too.
I think TPTB were designing a ship reminiscent of a tanker---bridge at back with lots of storage space in front. Are there any unknown classes of transports??? If so this may be one of them. Probably not though, they like to make new classes way too much.
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A magazine I have that describes the construction of some of the movie models talks about the bridge location. Apparently they built a study model based on some drawings, and only after showing it to the producers or somebody did they find out that they had it backwards. I forget what the solution was (I'll have to look), but I'm sure it has something to do with the strange bridge location.
On a related subject as far as cargo ships and bridge locations, one of the trial issues talks about the design of the Cardassian freighter and mentions that it was inspired in part by modern tankers in that it has its bridge in back.
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