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What are the 8 blue circles on the dorsal side of the Defiant in Star Trek: DS9?

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    Don't know about you, but I'm having trouble finding a picture with them in (or remembering them). Are you able to post one for us and cite the particular episode? Commented Jun 15 at 2:47
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    @JiminyCricket. - They're more prominent on the eaglemoss plastic model. I have added a photo for emphasis.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 15 at 7:47
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  • lol. If you like them, you can buy your own; shapeways.com/product/8MMGWCWMG/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 15 at 8:52
  • Out of universe? Greebles.
    – R.M.
    Commented Jun 15 at 11:49

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The plan view provided in (Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection #9) indicates that these are plasma vents.

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The wonderfully illustrated Ships of the Line Calendar 2023 indicates that these are 'energizers', port and starboard.

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Interestingly, the Strategic Designs USS Defiant - External Blueprints and Internal Deck Plans lists these as 'Warp Plasma Cooling / Vent Toroids'

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And the (2004) Jackill's Data Sheets - Defiant Class - Escort Cruiser list these as 'plasma vents (8)'

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