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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 corridors of the USS Enterprise-D were actually built for the refit USS Enterprise for Phase II in the late 1970s when that series was budgeted for preproduction? They were refurbished again and again until they made their final appearance in Star Trek Generations in 1994, more than fifteen years after their inception.

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May 2015
1920
Robert C. Johnson is born.
1949
Carlos Cestero is born.
1954
Richard Corso is born.
1955
Jeff Lester is born.
1967
Third day of filming on TOS: "Catspaw".
Story outline for TOS: "The Apple" is submitted.
1980
First strip of the Double Bluff comic arc is published.
1987
Michael Minor dies.
1988
Ed Bakey dies.
1992
TNG: "Imaginary Friend" airs.
1994
Twenty-seventh day of filming on Star Trek Generations.
1998
Twenty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek: Insurrection.
CIC Video releases Next Generation volume 1.2, Deep Space Nine volume 6.4 and Voyager volume 4.4 on VHS in the UK.
2012
Eighty-first day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.

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