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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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1919
Larry Dobkin is born.
1925
Morgan Woodward is born.
1949
Ed Begley, Jr. is born.
1966
Scott Workman is born.
Fourth day of filming on TOS: "The Conscience of the King".
"Charlie X" is reviewed by Jack Gould in The New York Times. "The accent," Gould writes, "was less on the super-duper gadgetry usually associated with travel in the heavens than on astronautical soap opera that suffers from interminable flight drag. It was TV's first psychodrama in orbit."
1968
Sixth day of filming on TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren".
Final script draft for TOS: "That Which Survives" is submitted.
Revised story outline for the undeveloped Original Series episode "The Forseeable Future" is submitted by Jean Lisette Aroeste.
1970
Nick Sagan is born.
1972
The Thirty-Second UK Story Arc continues in Valiant & TV21 #51 with the fourth of nine installments.
1982
Story outline for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is submitted titled Star Trek III: Return to Genesis.
1983
Twenty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1987
Seventh and final day of filming on TNG: "Justice".
1991
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "Unification II".
Several scenes for TNG: "Unification I" are filmed.
1992
Twenty-first day of filming on DS9: "Emissary".
1993
Seventh day of filming on TNG: "Attached".
Final draft script for DS9: "Necessary Evil" is submitted.
1994
Ninth day of filming on VOY: "Caretaker".
1996
Gene Nelson dies.
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "The Q and the Grey".
1997
Sixth day of filming on DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited".
1998
Final draft script for DS9: "The Siege of AR-558" is submitted.
2001
The BBC airs Star Trek Night.
2002
James Gregory dies.
Third day of filming on ENT: "The Communicator".
2003
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Twilight".
2004
Third day of filming on ENT: "The Forge".
2006
The remastered version of Star Trek: The Original Series begins airing with "Balance of Terror".
2013
Kim Hamilton dies.

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