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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 Star Trek Generations quote "time is the fire in which we burn" actually came from Gene Roddenberry, who borrowed it from the poem "Calmly We Walk Through This April Day," written in 1937 by Delmore Schwartz? They were given to the movie's villain, Tolian Soran, played by Malcolm McDowell, who liked the quote so much that he had it engraved into a pocket watch.

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1936
Jill Ireland is born.
1939
David L. Ross is born.
1952
Ralph Winter is born.
1957
Greg Brodeur is born.
1958
John Vargas is born.
1959
Glenn Morshower is born.
1967
Frank Overton dies.
1968
Loren L. Coleman is born.
Story outline submitted for the undeveloped Original Series episode "Shore Leave II", by Theodore Sturgeon.
1969
Melinda Clarke is born.
1971
The Twenty-First UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #83 with the second of nine installments.
1973
Damon Lindelof is born.
1986
Forty-third day of filming on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Cetacean Institute scenes are filmed on location today.
1989
TNG: "The Icarus Factor" airs.
1991
Seventh day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
1994
DS9: "The Maquis, Part I" airs.
1995
DS9: "Improbable Cause" airs.
VOY: "Heroes and Demons" airs.
CIC Video releases The Next Generation TV Movies volume 8 and Deep Space Nine volume 3.6 on VHS in the UK.
1996
Thirteenth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
1998
Nineteenth day of filming on Star Trek: Insurrection. Scenes in the Captain's yacht are filmed today.
1999
Carl Saxe dies.
2000
Rhodie Cogan dies.
2002
ENT: "Detained" airs.
2004
ENT: "Damage" airs.
2007
Roy Jenson dies.

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