Re-Used Shuttle Interiors
by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider
Many sets used in Star Trek were later modified or even recycled without changes to represent a different starship or building. Here are several examples of shuttle sets. Please note that everything should be taken with a grain of salt. Certainly we are not supposed to watch closely enough to see that the interiors of two different shuttles look the same.
The Danube-class runabout cockpit was originally built for DS9: "Emissary". It appeared in a large number of DS9 episodes in its original role, as well as in TNG: "Timescape". Over the course of the seven years of DS9 there were several slight modifications to the set and hence to the cockpit of the "real" Danube class. But most obviously, the set was also repeatedly used for vessels other than the runabouts, and accordingly redressed.
For VOY: "Caretaker" the cockpit set was modified to act as the bridge of Chakotay's Maquis raider. The LCARS displays were swapped with 23rd century-style computer controls and supplemented with occasional coffin-shaped structures to separate two consoles. The doors and the wall at the cockpit rear end were given a new, partially ribbed surface, encompassing the former transporter platform. In addition, the characteristic oval port and starboard windows were closed and were covered with another computer display.
However, while the two new displays are still in place of the windows early in the episode, they disappear towards the end when Chakotay battles the huge Kazon vessel. We can see that on the starboard side, behind his head, there is no panel but a window with stars (although these are out of focus and accordingly blurred).
The Danube runabout set was naturally used without being redressed for the Yellowstone variant in VOY: "Non Sequitur", considering that the two are identical on the outside.
The next re-use in a different role is as the cockpit of a Terran rebel raider (the same Bajoran-type vessel that utilizes the Defiant's transporter, see Re-Used Starship Interiors). Here the illumination is dimmed, the struts are decorated with lots of black tape, and the 24th century LCARS panels are replaced with 23rd century movie-style controls once again.
The rebel bridge appears once again in DS9: "Shattered Mirror".
During the summer break between the 6th and the 7th season of DS9 the runabout cockpit was rebuilt for the shooting of "Star Trek: Insurrection". Here the set served as the cockpit of the unnamed Enterprise-E shuttle that Picard and Worf used to stop Data's amok run. The window frames were removed and were replaced with a display panel in a similar fashion as already for "Caretaker". There is now a transporter in the place of the access to the aft compartment. The LCARS consoles on either side of the aft wall are still there, although they look different. The rest remained much the same, except that the whole cockpit was painted in much darker brownish colors.
The Danube-class runabout possesses a small wing on either side of the hull, below the window that is aft of the door. We can see this wing on the miniature in many episodes. For DS9: "Battle Lines" a full-scale set of the port side of the runabout exterior was constructed, including the wing. While the nacelle was the wrong type, otherwise this full-scale set correctly reproduced the look of the miniature. The set showed up once again in "Hippocratic Oath", but this time the wing could be found on the left side of the port door (or was it ripped off, considering that it appears to lie on the soil?). Anyway, the same wing can be seen in a different function in DS9: "Indiscretion", here as a part of the crashed Cardassian ship Ravinok.
Type-9 shuttle cockpit
The cockpit of the Federation scout hijacked by Data in "Star Trek: Insurrection" is a redress of the interior of the Type-9 shuttle from Voyager. The two seats were replaced with a single seat, and the aft end of the set was modified to allow Worf to enter from the docking hatch. Also, a wall with an octagonal opening was inserted between the seat and the aft compartment. The scene in "Insurrection" largely avoids to show the ceiling of the set and the characteristic windshield that does not quite match the exterior of the scout.
However, we get a glimpse of the window at one point, revealing it is indeed the same as that of Type 9. The controls are still the same as well.
Naturally the cockpit set was also re-used for Janeway's similarly shaped shuttle in VOY: "Endgame". Finally, we could see the set with heavy modifications as the simulator in ENT: "Stratagem". The windows were all closed with panels, but the outline of the set is still the same.
Small shuttle cockpit
In the course of four seasons, three small shuttle cockpits appear on Voyager's screen which are obviously the same set, only slightly redressed each time: the cockpit Braxton's timeship Aeon, weapon dealer Kovin's cockpit and finally the cockpit of old Kes' shuttle.
The Retellian and the Klingon escape pods are amazingly alike, although they look quite different from the outside (Klingon, Retellian). The full-scale set is the same, only that the Klingon interior was filmed in a way to look darker and less inviting, and without the manual controls of the Retellian version.
Variations of the Runabout Interior - a detailed look at the changes to this regular DS9 set over the years
Thanks to Robert Heckadon for the hint about the re-use of the Type-9 shuttle cockpit in "Stratagem".