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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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1938
Madge Sinclair is born.
1954
Richard Arnold is born.
1955
Frank McEldowney is born.
1961
Larry Younger is born.
1963
Harry Doc Kloor is born.
1965
Rough draft teleplay for TOS: "The Omega Glory" submitted.
Story outline submitted for the undeveloped Original Series episode "Warrior's World" by Stephen Kandel.
1973
The Thirty-Fifth UK Story Arc continues in Valiant & TV21 #83 with the tenth of seventeen installments.
1978
Ben Gage dies.
Dave Power is born.
1986
Forty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Cetacean Institute scenes are filmed on location today.
1994
Twenty-third day of filming on Star Trek Generations.
Second unit effects shots are filmed for TNG: "All Good Things...", including Q's floating judge platform.
1998
Jerome Bixby dies.
Twenty-first day of filming on Star Trek: Insurrection.
1999
DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil" airs.
VOY: "Someone to Watch Over Me" airs.
2003
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 2 DVD released in Region 2.
2004
ENT: "The Forgotten" airs.
2007
James Doohan's ashes are launched into space from New Mexico, USA.
2009
Star Trek: Vanguard novel Open Secrets, by Dayton Ward, is released.
TOS Season 1 Blu-ray is released in Region 1.
2011
William Campbell dies.
Unknown year
Rick Avery and Eric Stuart are born.

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