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USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A studio model at auction

The eight-foot refit model

The studio models that represented the Constitution-class USS Enterprise were slated to be modernized and redesigned after the production of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, digital versions were also used to represent ships of this class in the Star Trek franchise.

Ralph McQuarrie, best known to the public for his stunning production designs for the Star Wars films, was hired by Ken Adam to help develop the designs for the new Star Trek: Planet of the Titans movie, ultimately abandoned to make way for Star Trek: Phase II, the new television series. Although the design used the same elements as the original design, saucer shaped primary hull, warp engine assemblies and a engineering secondary hull, the secondary hull was flattened and wedge shaped, providing a radically different look, one not unlike the Star Destroyers McQuarrie designed for those films.

Their Enterprise design, however, was abandoned, and Roddenberry asked Matt Jefferies to update the famous starship to reflect the refit that would be part of the Phase II-series' back story. During June 1977, Jefferies' re-designed the engine nacelles from tubes to thin, flat-sided modules, and tapered their supports. He also added the distinctive photon torpedo launch ports on the saucer connector.
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Did You Know that the carpets on the bridge of The Next Generation were changed nearly every season? In the first season, they were an Earthy tan and orange, but were later changed to various shades of blue and dark orange.

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Today in Trek history

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1928
Harvey Hart is born.
1949
Christopher Collins is born.
1966
Seventh and final day of filming on TOS: "Miri". Production went one day over schedule.
1967
The score for TOS: "The Doomsday Machine", composed by Sol Kaplan, is recorded.
1969
The Seventh UK Story Arc continues in Joe 90: Top Secret #33 with the third of four installments.
1978
Eighteenth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1983
Twelveth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1989
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "The Bonding".
1991
Third day of filming on TNG: "The Game".
Revised final draft script for TNG: "Unification II" is submitted.
1993
Second day of filming on TNG: "Dark Page".
1994
Final draft script for DS9: "The Abandoned" is submitted.
1995
Final draft script for DS9: "Rejoined" is submitted.
2000
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Flesh and Blood".
2001
First day of filming on ENT: "Breaking the Ice".
2002
Eighth and final day of filming on ENT: "Marauders".
2004
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Cold Station 12".
Star Trek: The Original Series season 1 DVD released in Region 2.
2012
William Sully dies.

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