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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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1916
George F. Slavin is born.
1917
Desi Arnaz is born.
1921
Troy Melton is born.
1938
Richard Compton is born.
1939
Barbara Luna is born.
1945
Joy Garrett is born.
1949
Gates McFadden is born.
1961
Tracee Cocco is born.
1962
Louis Ortiz is born.
1967
Script outline for TOS: "Mirror, Mirror" is submitted.
TOS: "This Side of Paradise" airs.
1973
Paul Popowich is born.
Tom Hand is born.
1976
Timothy Jeffrey Domis is born.
1985
Julee Vadnais is born.
1987
John E. Chilberg II dies.
Construction is started at Industrial Light & Magic on the six-foot USS Enterprise-D studio model for use as the new "hero" ship in the new Star Trek spin-off series, Star Trek: The Next Generation.
1989
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Q Who". The Borg make their first onstage appearance.
1992
TNG: "Ethics" airs.
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Imaginary Friend".
1994
First day of filming on TNG: "Preemptive Strike".
First day of filming on DS9: "The Wire".
1995
Second day of filming on DS9: "Explorers".
1998
Second day of filming on DS9: "Valiant".
Second day of filming on VOY: "Hope and Fear".
CIC Video releases The Original Series volume 3.8, Deep Space Nine volume 6.2 and Voyager volume 4.2 on VHS in the UK. This marks the end of the rerelease of The Original Series.
2000
Sixth day of filming on VOY: "Muse".
2002
Pocket Books novel Starfleet: Year One published.
2003
Fred Freiberger dies.
2004
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "Countdown".
2005
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "These Are the Voyages...".
2009
Rhae Andrece dies.
2012
Thirty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.

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