Klingon ship model created by Prologic9
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The D-7m was always my favorite ship in the Star Trek universe. It's forward boom and curved lower warp engines seemed to define "aggressive". I was rather proficient with it in the old FASA game.
I find it odd the Klingons decided to retire the D7. It was still a capable design, despite being kind of small. Even a Miranda Class is bigger and could probably handle them in a 1 on 1 engagement. Still, I'm sure they could've added an aft torpedo launcher, upgraded the warp drive, shields, cloak, and weapons. Also operated them with a smaller crew like the Federation did with the Constitution Class, when they refitted the Enterprise and then built more like the Enterprise A, which had an upgraded warp drive, weapons, shields and could be operated by a crew of 300, instead of 430, like Kirk's Enterprise had during his 5 Year Mission. The D7s were clearly meant to operate in squadrons like the Bird of Preys. Not much good by themselves. The Klingons could've done more damage in the Dominion War with fleets of upgraded D7s and likely suffered fewer losses too, since they have smaller crews and are easier and less time consuming to produce. Similar to when the Romulans developed the Valdore Class, like the ones on Nemesis, which were meant to be a stopgap that would be easy to produce and much easier and less time consuming to replace than D'deridex Class ships. The Romulans probably could've continued to build D7s too, since they acquired the design from the Klingons, but used their own technology. Also the Federation designing the Defiant Class, which isn't much bigger than a Bird of Prey, but still very capable and easy to produce.
I wish the various shows had taken some of their inspiration from the games and novels. I'd have loved to have seen the Klingon B-10 battleship (from Star Fleet battles) in DS9 or Next Generation. Maybe some variant of the "L" battleships in the old FASA game system (essentially a flying armored box).
Yes. I'd never heard of the B-10 until a few days ago. Trek Yards did a video about them on YouTube. Is the Qang Class featured in Star Fleet Battles? Too bad the Klingons didn't develop that design until after the Dominion War. It sounds deadly.
Noice! The K'T'inga variant of the D7 family, too (there we also members that were tankers, troop carriers & light assault craft)! That variant was the Klingon Empire's most powerful battleship for many years. Challenged even the Federation's best ships, including the Challenger, Ingram & Excelsior classes. The Klingon Empire wouldn't have another super successful design like that until the mid 24th to early 25th Century, with the Vorcha cruiser, Negh'Var Heavy Battleship, Hegh'ta heavy Brid of Prey, Vo'Quv Siege Carrier & it's successor, the Vo'devwl Dreadnought Carrier. :3
It is very good to see the ship that might be the most iconic Klingon-design. Something that called my attention are the little bits at the sides of the head section, that sis something I didn't give my custom version of the ship .
Cool, but the 3 cruisers we saw on The Motion Picture were K't'inga Class. Their first appearance on screen and the only ship class the Federation had that could match them was the Excelsior Class. Their battle with V'Ger was what alerted the Federation to the existence of this new design. D7s were featured on the Original Series, The Animated Series and Discovery and were being retired by TMP. The only other D7 I've seen was on that Voyager Episode: Prophecy, where those 200 Klingons had been searching the galaxy for their savior and were convinced Tom and Belanna's daughter: Mikal, was the one.
Cool. Here's an article about the D7 Class. memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/D7_class. and the K't'inga Class. memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/K%27t%27inga_class. Basically the main differences between the 2 are that the D7s are shorter than Constitution class ships, like the Enterprise, Kirk commanded. About 228 meters long and same size crew as the Enterprise. 430. The K't'ingas are 349 meters long. A little bit longer than Intrepid class ships like Voyager and have 800 on board, plus additional flight crew and ground troops. They also have an aft torpedo launcher. They were one reason Starfleet began to develop the Excelsior Class in the 2270s, but the first wouldn't be seen until The Search for Spock. Then we had to wait for The Next Generation and Generations, which featured the Enterprise B, before we saw more of them. For some reason D7s didn't have aft torpedo launchers. Only bow. The battle with V'Ger is the only time I remember a K't'inga firing aft torpedoes. They're also faster. Not sure if Voyager and other Intrepid Class ships are any match for a K't'inga. Probably, but they would still be threatened by them, especially if there's more than one. A D7 is clearly no match for Voyager as we saw on Prophecy.