"It's main gun is a torpedo launcher, giving it considerable punch right out of the gate."
I'd *hate* to be caught in front of that.
"Really, in the end my only major complaint is the deflector dish location. I mean, what happens in space the first time someone rotates the turret"
Lock it in place during Warp Flight. Most ships have fixed torpedo tubes.
I'm not sure what properties are involved with ST shields. My thought is just that it means the shielding will be strongest towards whatever it's aiming at. The turret mounting was also requested by the client.
The Torps are pretty small. With the turret unmanned and much of the hull space dedicated to equipment rather than cabin space I think there's room for a fair bit of ammo. Not sure what exactly he expects the transporters to be capable of but like you say it can perform some tricks. With shuttles already having so many features you're not really making something much better unless you take everything up a notch, hence the massive redundancy and capabilities.