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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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Today in Trek history

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1930
Eddie Hice is born.
1943
Jeff Mart is born.
1966
J.D. Cullum is born.
1967
First draft of the undeveloped Original Series episode "Tomorrow the Universe" by Paul Schneider.
1968
TOS: "The Omega Glory" airs.
NBC announces that Star Trek will be renewed for a third season.
1969
The Second UK Story Arc begins in Joe 90: Top Secret #7 with the first of four installments.
1982
First strip of The Wristwatch Plantation comic arc is published.
1985
Pocket TOS novel Shadow Lord published.
1989
Third day of filming on TNG: "Q Who".
1991
Musical score for TNG: "Night Terrors" is recorded.
Final draft script for TNG: "The Host" is submitted.
Third day of filming on TNG: "Half a Life".
1992
Pocket TNG novel Chains of Command published.
1993
TNG: "Birthright, Part II" airs.
1994
Seventh and last day of filming on TNG: "Emergence".
Seventh and last day of filming on DS9: "The Maquis, Part II".
Final draft script for TNG: "Preemptive Strike" is submitted.
Final draft script for DS9: "The Wire" is submitted.
Pocket DS9 Young Adult novel The Star Ghost published.
1995
First day of filming on DS9: "Explorers".
Pocket TNG novel Blaze of Glory published.
Pocket TOS Lost Years novel Recovery published.
Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry published in paperback in the US.
1996
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Basics, Part I".
Pocket TNG novel Rogue Saucer published.
1997
Pocket DS9 Young Adult novel Cardassian Imps published.
1998
Pocket Books Star Trek: New Frontier novel Martyr published.
1999
DS9: "His Way" airs on Sky One in the United Kingdom.
CIC Video releases Next Generation volume 2.1, Deep Space Nine volume 7.1 and Voyager volume 5.1 on VHS in the UK.
2000
VOY: "Ashes to Ashes" airs.
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Muse".
2002
Fifty-ninth day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2004
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Countdown".
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Special Edition) DVD is released in Region 2.
2005
Third day of filming on ENT: "These Are the Voyages...".
2007
Harold Michelson dies.
2008
Beyond the Clouds: The Lifetime Trek of Walter "Matt" Jefferies, Artist and Visionary is published.
2012
Phillip Richard Allen dies.
Thirty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.

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