I did a double take when I saw this thread was from this time last year! I remember posting my posts, like they were yesterday.
Anyway... I'm not sitting well with this whole little ships are better than big ships... There would have been a power come along well before this using smaller ships... I assume that the big arsed ships like the Enterprises and the Galors etc would have just swatted them down like flies. What bugs me (excuse the pun) is that Trek doesn't show REALLY what the ships can do... I would love to see a real starshipVstarship battle within a planetry system... with the crew using tactical strategies and the (powerful) phasers/disruptors arcing out across thousands of kms - just like they really do... and the torps - well they can reach warp speeds... I'd like to see them travelling halfway across an entire system!
------------------ "This is cooling, faster than I can..." Tori Amos "Cooling"
Moreover I add that Romulans have already and will increase and add new classes of Bird of Prey who is the equivalent of the Federation Escort Class like Defiant in other. The first of the kind in the revival will be Vithrel-Class swift bird of prey envisaged into 2376 thus it is already made.
quote:A new upgrade programm for the legendary D'deridex class is scheduled to begin in 2378.
quote:Many new Warbirds will arrived soon like the T'Kassan-class. Others already exist but are not known like D'Valek-Class Swift Warbird(Very Fast). An other Dreadnought the Praetorian-class in 2379 and many more..... They do not have just of Warbirds but also cruisers, Frigates, Gunships etc...
Really? I thought the Romulans, in 2379, were going to construct a new Romulan Dreadnought called the 'Fnbyz'sck' Class, or translated into Federation Standard, roughly, "Those who are without knowledge should be beaten into a pulp". Sounds good to me.
Anyway, I KNOW FOR SURE that this class is going to be 8000 Meters long, and have a crew consisting of 20,000. It will also have a phase cloak, pulse-driver-inverted-tetryon-beam-flagstaff-poleron-beam-duty-free Torpedo Pulse launchers, more powerful than 90 Ticobalt Torpedoes combined (Those are the most powerful Federation torpedoes. Only carried by Sovereigns. And Voyager, because it has Seven. And she makes my Tri cobalt. If you know what I mean.
------------------ "Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world." - Dave Barry
No no no Ultra Magnus, you've got it all wrong.
The Romulans are changing there design the match Federation saucer designs. There latest ships will be 24km wide saucers called the Vris'Be class. The main gun is a huge laser beam located on the bottom at the exact center of the ship.
They are also planning to create a giant saucer dropship.
------------------ "That's your plan? Wile E. Coyote would come up with a better plan than that!" - Crighton, Farscape.
Regarding the issues of the size and features of the Romulan Warbird, I spoke to Andy Probert about the ship one day, and he told me exactly what was what on the design.
a) beam weapons -- the round 'eyes' on either side of the ship's head are weapons. There are four other pairs of these on the ship. Two of them are on either side of the vertical portion at the back of the ship, and there's one pair each on the top and bottom of the ship along the trailing edge of the "wings" (near the center). There's also a paiur in an indented area on the top of the ship just aft of the root of the neck
b) torpedo launcher -- an opening on the top of the ship, at the root of the neck (just forward of the indention with the beam weapons)
c) navigational deflector -- the traingular "mouth" on the front of the head...no it's not a weapon as seen on the show
d) impulse engines -- the ship hasn't any! Andy said the ship was the last one he designed and he had very little time...he never got around to drawing the back, and the modelmakers never thought to add them. There are supposed to be a pair of stacked impulse exhausts at the very back of the ship.
P.S. The Ferengi Marauder has no navigational deflector...when I asked Andy where it was he said, "I forgot it!"
One other thing I forgot to mention about the Warbird, Andy pointed out there are two cargo bays/shuttle decks on ther ship. They are the two rectangular openings on the front edge of the thick portion at the center of the lower "wing". In "Contagion" a light appears on one of these when the Romulan ship is seen to be arming torpedoes. Again, the SFX people didn't seem to know where the weapons really were!
>Did [Andy Probert] mention what the Marauder's >drop-down shuttle was supposed to look like? >It doesn't fit with the Ferengi Pod...
As far as I know, what you see of it sticking out of the bottom of the ship is all that was designed. I know it was a swept-forward wing, but that's all.
Other Marauder features lost were the moving parts on the model, which only were ever used in The Last Outpost, and not clearly seen. There's a shot of the Ferengi ship ont he viewscrren where the front end appears to be moving towards the Enterprise. There's a seam along the next where the ship kind of separates, the idea being that when a Ferengi ship surrendered it would open this gap, "exposing it throat", so to speak, as a gesture of capitulation. The clawlike weapons were designed to fold down too. The idea was that the Ferengi ship would do this gesture and the Enterprise crew would misinterpret it as opening gunports or something, but this never happened and the ship's moving parts were never really seen in action again.