This is a very recent build, built in 2008, and is actually a rebuild of another MOC very similar to this. I will post that one here as well, but I liked them both so much that I still have both. As you may notice, in comparing this shot with the title photo, the engine nacelles have pop-up double cannons. I got that idea from the G.I. Joe underwater shuttle called the S.H.A.R.C. There is not much to the interior -- a roomy cockpit with passenger benches, an oped doorway leading to a roomy cargo hold, and a few misc. control panels here and there. This shot you can see the navigational deflector (red grills), the communication dish, and the warp field emitters on the front of the nacelles. It is a low-warp vessel.
Criminy, I forgot to add the shot where the panels on the end of the engine nacelles are open. Those are the primary engines, and the bley joint pieces to either side of the crew hatch are auxilary thrusters. Those panels swing open during flight to reveal trans-orange grills, uh, I mean ion exhaust. Then close the panels to protect people who are walking around the parked shuttle. The landing gear folds up all nice and flush with the body of the shuttle, and the landing hatch swings down for a comfortable angled walkway into the large rear hold of the shuttle.
Do not ask me why I have a Mara Jade like minifig standing there. I don't know. Anyway, I could not find a windscreen piece that worked with this shuttle, so I borrowed a technique of building an "open-air" (implied transparent material) windscreen that I had seen used very effectively on a MOC of the old Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider. I do not know the name of the AFOL, but the MOC is on Brickshelf, MOCpages, and Flickr -- just search Cylon Raider and you will see. I will soon have some underside pictures as I totally win at cool landing gear, secret smuggler holds, and maintanence access panels with this MOC on the underside. Did I mention the pop-up double cannons on the engines?
Here is that underside, with landing gear and both underside hatches open. Those hatches lead to either smuggler holds or allow for maintenance access -- your imagination decides!
Quoting Leo-J A
The "boxiness" actually makes it appealing and unique!
You know what? I always thought that same thing too. I kept them around for a long time because the boxiness worked for me. However, two weeks ago, I went too far and took both shuttles apart as I am preparing to build a smooth shuttle. I liked the boxiness, but I have been wanting to "take my building skill to the next level", and that involves more SNOT work with these two shuttles. I am glad they will be remembered in film.