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Chronological list of studio models appearing in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

This list is of all new model designs that first appeared in DS9. Information on models that represented a single design can be found in the articles linked below. Information on models that were recycled or refurbished to represent different vessels or props from different species in all series' will be listed herein.

DS9 Season 1

Deep Space 9

Designed by Herman Zimmerman, Rick Sternbach and other members of the art department. The original, six-foot in diameter model, was built by Tony Meininger. It was in the very last scene in the very last episode of the series replaced by a CGI model.

Danube class runabout

Model variations
USS Yangtzee Kiang on launch pad USS Ganges with a sensor pod, Past Prologue
Standard design
With sensor pod

The Template:ShipClass, and later Template:ShipClass, runabout was designed by Joseph Hodges, Rick Sternbach and Jim Martin. The miniature, which was approximately 18 inches long, was built by Tony Meininger.

Interior cockpit set was designed by Joseph Hodges, and the aft compartment was designed by Richard James, all under the direction of Herman Zimmerman.

Miranda-type escape pod

Miranda type escape pod model
The studio model of the Miranda-type escape pod.


Bajoran starship

Bajoran transport
The Bajoran starship


Boslic cargo vessel

Boslic cargo vessel, forward
Boslic cargo vessel
"Babel"


Embryonic lifeform

Embryonic lifeform
Embryonic lifeform
"Q-Less"


Wadi starship

The Wadi ship model (measuring 24" × 15") was listed in the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction with an estimated sale price of $3,000 to $5,000; it sold for $3,200 ($3,840 with premium). [1]

Model variations
Wadi starship Razka Karns starship XepoliteShipAft Wadi-Bajoran-Trill starship
Wadi starship
"Move Along Home"
Bajoran transport
"In the Hands of the Prophets"
Xepolite freighter
"The Maquis, Part I"
Trill transport
"Rejoined"

Miradorn raider

The Miradorn raider, also identified as a Theta-class starship, was designed by Ricardo Delgado. (Star Trek Encyclopedia)

The Miradorn ship model (measuring 20" × 21") was listed in the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction with an estimated sale price of $3,000 to $5,000; it sold for $3,800 ($4,560 with premium). [2] A foam camera test model of this design, measuring approximately 12.5" &times 11" × 2" was sold in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction. The model was inscribed with various notes, including: "1/4 length of Enterprise", "Eat at Joes", "No step", and "For a good time call...". [3]

Model variations
ThetaClass1 Baran's mercenary vessel Taresian starship
Miradorn raider
DS9: "Vortex"
Baran's mercenary vessel
TNG: "Gambit, Part I", "Gambit, Part II"
Taresian starship
VOY: "Favorite Son"

DS9 Season 2

Bajoran raider

Bajoran raider concept by Jim Martin
Design sketch of raider by Martin.
Bajoran raider studiomodel
Bajoran raider studio model
Bajoran raider interior
Martin sketch of interior

The Bajoran raider or Bajoran fighter as it is sometimes referred to, was the first spaceship design by Jim Martin after his promotion to senior illustrator on DS9. As he recalls,"I did a Bajoran fighter that Kira and Dax crash. There were a few ships in that episode; there was a Bajoran transport and a small Bajoran fighter. I remember something really ridiculous about that ship. We intended to re-use these old windows that we had found for the set of the interior, so the windows I designed for the exterior needed to match. I kept trying to come up with a way to incorporate the window frames into the ship design. Then we ended up not using them, but they are still on the miniature!"(Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 13, page 22)

The design was converted into a physical studio model at Tony Meininger's model shop Brazil-Fabrication & Design making its debut in DS9: "The Siege". The model also appeared as a Maquis ship in TNG: "Preemptive Strike" where its cockpit canopy was slightly modified during the production in order to match the canopy with the interior set. [4]

As part of one of the last batches of existing studio models being transformed into CGI models, a CG version was built at Digital Muse for DS9: "Shadows and Symbols", where it appeared in the background. It was later used, unmodified, as an unknown alien ship in VOY: "Drive". The CGI model was redesigned and appeared as various ships belonging to various species (Xantoras and Human -2x- respectively) in ENT: "The Breach", "Twilight", "Storm Front, Part II".[5]

The physical model, known as Lot #486, being part of the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, was eventually sold on 6 October 2006 with a winning bid of $4,800 ($5,760 including buyer's premium).

Bajoran interceptor

Bajoran interceptor-overview
Bajoran interceptor
"The Siege"


Hideki class

CardassianShuttle
Hideki-class Cardassian shuttle
"Profit and Loss"


Federation attack fighter

Federation Attack Fighter studio model at auction
Studio model at auction

The Federation attack fighter was a Jim Martin design (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, page 298), and as a small fighter design betrayed his Star Wars influences, giving "excess stomach acid" according to Doug Drexler.[6] The model was eventually built as a physical studio model at Tony Meininger´s Brazil-Fabrication & Design model shop. Introduced as a Federation ship used by the Maquis in DS9: "The Maquis, Part II" and TNG: "Preemptive Strike", it was not until "A Time to Stand" that the design was revealed to be specifically the Federation attack fighter design.

In preparation of the upcoming episode "Sacrifice of Angels" the model was converted into a CGI version. Bruce Branit of Digital Muse recalled,"There was also the Federation Fighter, which is a smaller one or two man ship that was mixed in with everything else. They've been established in a few other episodes. Toward the end of last season they started showing it in a couple of scenes. That one was built from scratch, as a first edition CG model, off of the real model."{Cinefantastique, Vol.30, No. 9/10, pp. 64-65). Premiering in that episode, the CG model was later modified at Foundation Imaging to represent the Nightingale in VOY: "Nightingale" and as a Annari warship in VOY: "The Void".

The physical model,constructed out of glass fiber and resin, measuring 24x27 inch, known as Lot #491, being part of the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, was eventually sold on 6 October 2006 with a winning bid of US$9,000 (US$10,800 including buyer's premium).

Model variations
Federation attack fighter, aft ventral Federation attack fighter used by the Maquis firing Terran raider fighting off the Regent's forces
Maquis fighter
DS9: "The Maquis, Part II"
Maquis fighter
TNG: "Preemptive Strike"
Terran raider (mirror)
DS9: "Shattered Mirror"
Federation attack fighters Nightingale Annari warship (2372)
Federation attack fighter
DS9: "A Time to Stand" et al.
Kraylor warship
VOY: "Nightingale"
Annari warship, type 1
VOY: "The Void"

Jem'Hadar fighter

Jem'Hadar fighter
Jem'Hadar fighter
"The Jem'Hadar", et al.


DS9 Season 3

Defiant class

USS Defiant (NX-74205), quarter view
Defiant-class


Type 18 shuttlepod

Type 18 shuttlepod, The Search
Type 18 shuttlepod
"The Search, Part I", et al.


Flaxian starship

Model variations
FlaxianShip Kovins starship
Flaxian starship
DS9: "Improbable Cause"
Entharan starship
VOY: "Retrospect"


DS9 Season 4

Alien freighter

Alien Freighter
Alien freighter
"The Way of the Warrior", et al.


Karemma starship

The Karemma ship first appeared as a physical model in DS9 and later, a CGI version of the design appeared in VOY and ENT. The physical model measured 34" × 14".

The studio model was eventually listed in Christies' 2006 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction. The catalog estimate for the lot was $3,000 to $5,000; it ultimately sold for $3,200 ($3,840 with premium).[7] The winners of the lot, a couple from Pennsylvania, were interviewed for The History Channel's Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier.

Physical model (DS9):

CGI model (VOY/ENT):

Atmospheric probe

Atmospheric probe
Atmospheric probe
"Starship Down"


Groumall type

Cardassian freighter first design
Design evolution.
Cardassian freighter studio model
The studio model 3/4 aft view
Groumall type in Klingon guise at auction
In Klingon guise at auction

After John Eaves joined the art department of DS9, one of his first jobs was designing the Cardassian freighter that was able to conceal a large gun, tasked to him in August 1995.[8] His first take on the design was a tip of the hat to Rick Sternbach's Galor-class."I took the front end of a Galor-class Cardassian ship and tried to fan off from that. Using the front end, kind of sculpting it a little bit differently, and putting all these cargo bays in a row.", as he remembers (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 2, page 22). The producers found the design to militaristic looking and asked for a more industrial, "freighterish" looking design. Elaborating further,"It was just a series of boxes, all stacked on top of each other in series of sixes, with a big engine detail on the back and the familiar looking Cardassian fork on the front. They wanted it very "freighterish" so I put the bridge on the back like it is on an oiler tanker of today.(...)That's where this design had come from: it's a bunch of huge, huge engines on the back which take it wherever you want to go. They wanted this more than the other one because it is very industrial looking."

It took Eaves another three months of refining before coming up with a design the producers signed off on in November. Though it was becoming less and less customary to produce full orthographic blueprints for model shops by that time (three-quarter views were deemed sufficient), in this case Eaves did, and sent them off to Tony Meininger's Brazil-Fabrication & Design in December, where the studio model was constructed, making its debut in "Return to Grace".

The model was used twice more as a Cardassian freighter, but would also be redressed twice to represent freighters belonging to other species: the first time, repainted but otherwise unmodified as a Nekrit freighter in VOY: "Fair Trade" (It was in this color scheme that the model would later make its last appearance as a Cardassian freighter). The second time the model was again repainted but this time modified with the addition of warp engines and Klingon markings, to represent Klingon cargo vessels in "Sons and Daughters", though Effects Supervisor for the episode David Stipes would have loved to have had a more Klingon design. He later rationalised the use of the Cardassian design, "We actually wound up using Cardassian freighters that were modified by Tony Meininger, which didn't seem all that implausible, considering all the fighting that had been going on between the Klingons and the Cardassians. We painted them Klingon colors, as if they were prizes of war". (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, page 500) This was the last appearance of the studio model. No CGI model was ever constructed of this design.

The model, known as lot#483 was listed in the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction and estimated at $2,000-$3,000. It was sold on October 6, 2006 with a winning bid of $5,000 ($6,000 including buyer's premium) in the modification it was last used as, namely as a Klingon cargo vessel to American collector Anthony Sforza.[9] A foam core camera test model sold in May 2008 for $384.00 in a It's A Wrap! sale and auction.[10] One of Eaves' design sketches was sold in the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction #44, estimated at $300-$500, on 15 May 2011 as Lot 1511 for $475.

Model variations
Groumall at warp CardassianFreighters Nekrit freighter
Groumall
DS9: "Return to Grace"
Cardassian freighter (foreground)
DS9: "Rules of Engagement"
Nekrit freighter
VOY: "Fair Trade"
CardassianTransport Klingon freighters, sons and daughters Cardassian military freighter, lcars
Cardassian transport
DS9: "For the Uniform"
Klingon cargo vessel
DS9: "Sons and Daughters"
Military freighter (okudagram)
VOY: "Drone"

DS9 Season 5

Ty'Gokor orbital facility

Ty'Gokor orbital facility
Ty'Gokor orbital facility
"Apocalypse Rising"


Spacematic

Deep Space Station K-7 shuttlebay
Spacematic
"Trials and Tribble-ations"


Jem'Hadar battle cruiser

Jem'Hadar battle cruiser, In Purgatory's Shadow
Jem'Hadar battle cruiser
"In Purgatory's Shadow", et al..


USS Yeager

USS Yeager DS9
Yeager-type
"Doctor Bashir, I Presume", et al.


DS9 Season 6

USS Curry

USS Curry
Curry-type
"A Time to Stand"


USS Centaur

USS Centaur
Centaur-type
"A Time to Stand", et al.


Romulan shuttle

Romulan shuttle
Romulan shuttle
"In the Pale Moonlight"


Dominion battleship

Dominion battleship (fore)
Dominion battleship
"Valiant", et al.


Chaffee-type shuttlepod

Chaffee
Chaffee-type shuttlepod
"The Sound of Her Voice"


Orbital weapon platform

Cardassian orbital weapon platform
Orbital weapon platform
"Tears of the Prophets"


DS9 Season 7

Breen warship

Model variations
Breen warship, ventral Quarren patrol ships
Breen warship
DS9: "Penumbra", et al
Quarren patrol ships
VOY: "Workforce", "Workforce, Part II"

The original mesh of the CGI model would be reworked for a later appearance in Star Trek: Voyager. For more information on the design of this studio model, see Breen warship.

Cardassian workbee

Model variations
Cardassian workbee and Jem'Hadar fighter at cardassian shipyard Imhotep ship
Cardassian Workbee
DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind"
Imhotep ship
VOY: "Drive"

A Cardassian version of a Workbee was seen in "Tacking Into the Wind", though only barely. It's existence and actual appearance was only firmly confirmed on Doug Drexler's blog, being "little more than "atmosphere" around the yard, and never meant to be seen up close". This last new Digital Muse CGI build for the series was later modified at Foundation Imaging (Star Trek: Voyager Companion, p.467) and seen in better detail as an Imhotep ship in "Drive".

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