- For models used in Star Trek production see Studio models.
A model is a small scale reproduction of a large item, such as a starship.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard kept a model of a Constellation class starship in his ready room aboard the Enterprise-D throughout its lifetime (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"; Star Trek Generations), although it was briefly replaced by that of a refit Constitution class starship at various points in 2364. (TNG: "The Battle")
Benjamin Sisko kept a model of a Daedalus-class starship in his office on Deep Space 9. He also kept models of a Miranda-class and Nebula-class starship and in later years a large model of the International Space Station, with a docked Space shuttle in his office. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
The observation lounge aboard the USS Enterprise-E contained display cases with golden models of all six Federation starships named USS Enterprise. During the Enterprise's trip to the year 2063, some of the models were broken when Captain Picard slammed a phaser rifle into the case. (Star Trek: First Contact) The models were eventually replaced. (Star Trek Nemesis)
Jake Sisko, as a child, played with starship models. When he took an interest in Bajoran girls, his father playfully asked him, "Wasn't it a few weeks ago that you were playing with model starships?" Jake, however, corrected him by reminding him that is was more like "a few years ago." (DS9: "Move Along Home")
Miles O'Brien spent many years of his childhood building model starship engines. (TNG: "All Good Things...") By his adulthood, he moved on to creating historical models, including a scale model of the Alamo compound in 2375. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil") When his daughter, Molly, was attempting to touch the model, Miles shooed her away and told her that "its a model, not a toy." Keiko wryfully added that if that is the case, "then maybe it belongs in a museum. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")
Joseph Carey was building a model of the USS Voyager, the ship to which he was assigned, in a bottle up until his death in early 2378. He had almost completed it, and only had one nacelle left. (VOY: "Friendship One")