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Chronological list of studio models appearing in Star Trek: Voyager.

This list is of all new model designs that first appeared in VOY. 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.

VOY Season 1

Intrepid class

USS Voyager, ventral view

Intrepid-class USS Voyager
"Caretaker", et al.


Caretaker's array

Model variations
Caretakers array Suspirias array
Caretaker's array
"Caretaker"
Suspiria's array
"Cold Fire"
  • No information yet


Kazon fighter

Kazon Fighter studio model in original configuration

Studio model at Image G, as originally delivered

Kazon Fighter Studio model undergoing modifications by David Stipes

David Stipes performing modifications on the studio model

The Kazon fighter was a design by Dan Curry. At the time, the production team of Star Trek was spread thin as several productions were in various stages of development (Star Trek Generations, TNG: "All Good Things...", DS9: "The Jem'Hadar" and VOY: "Caretaker" as well as the documentary Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation). The regular design team for Voyager had their hands full hammering out the details for the USS Voyager and the Caretaker's array as was related in the book A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager. To ease the workload, Curry, whose regular function was that of Effects Supervisor, pitched in by tackling the Kazon ships, wanting to imbue the ships with that culture's "rough, low-tech retro" look. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 105, p. 59) For the same reason the build of the models, once the design was approved, was sub-contracted out to an outside vendor, WonderWorks Inc., who delivered the models as per specification.[1].

Kazon raider studio model

Studio model in Raider configuration

Kazon fighter studio model at auction

Studio model in fighter configuration

"About six weeks into motion control photography, the producers decided to change the Kazon Fighter design. I mocked up possible design modifications for producers to look at.", David Stipes recalled.[2] Stipes embellished the studio model with various cardboard add-ons, amongst others the aft and front fins for assessment. Once approved, the modifications were made permanent at Tony Meininger's Brazil-Fabrication & Design. The modifications meant that the footage of the model, shot until that time, had to be re-shot in late October/early November 1994. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 105, p. 59) Part of the modification was the decision to have the model, which was originally conceived as a fighter craft only, to double as the as larger conceived Kazon raider as well. This was achieved by fabricating a cockpit module and a bridge module which were interchangeable on the model, confirmed by Rick Sternbach in private correspondence with Ex Astris Scientia, "I recall the model only vaguely. It was a Dan Curry design and I don't have any details, but essentially you're correct, the model was modified to be either one."

The late decision to have the model design modified, was reflected in the release of Galoob's Micro Machines (Set 66128), that showed the fighter in the configuration of the studio model as originally delivered by WonderWorks.
Kazon fighter studio model at image G

Indeterminate Kazon ship class filmed at Image G

Maje Jabin's ship

Jabin's ship

When Caretaker was being filmed neither module was used, either because they were not constructed yet or because they were not conceived yet. Instead a smooth feature was applied to the area of the model were the bridge or cockpit were supposed to be in later episodes. As such it can not be ascertained with absolute certainty what class of vessels the Kazon ships were intended to be in the episode, though the visual of Maje Jabin on his bridge, suggested the larger class. In this configuration, the model is featured at Image G in the VOY Season 1 DVD-special feature, "Red Alert: Visual Effects Season One", where Curry discusses the filming of the models. [3]

As the role of the Kazon as main antagonists was played out early on in the series, no CGI version of the design was ever produced, the few later appearances being either stock footage or LCAR displays.

The physical model, with the cockpit module and measuring 30×7×14 inches, known as Lot#353 and estimated at US$3,000–$5,000 was sold on 6 October 2006 in the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction, with a winning bid of US$5,000 ($6,000 including buyer's premium).

Model variations
Kazon fighter (fore) Kazon raider (fore) Bothan starship, type 3
Kazon fighter
"Caretaker"
Kazon raider
"State of Flux"
Bothan starship, type 3
"Persistence of Vision"

Kazon carrier vessel

Kazon carrier vessel, Basics

Kazon carrier vessel
"Caretaker", et al.


Type 8 shuttlecraft

Type8shuttle

Type 8 shuttlecraft
"Parallax", et al.


VOY Season 2

Repto-humanoid vessel

This CGI model and its various modifications made a total of five appearances on Star Trek: Voyager and one in Star Trek: Enterprise.

Class 2 shuttle

Cochrane (shuttlecraft)

Class 2 shuttle
"Threshold", et al.


Cardassian ATR-4107

Dreadnought at warp

Cardassian ATR-4107
"Dreadnought"


Rakosan fighter

Model variations
Rakosan fighters Talaxian fighter
Rakosan fighter
"Dreadnought"
Talaxian fighter
"Basics, Part I"
  • No information yet


VOY Season 3

Akritirian patrol ship

Originally designed for use in Star Trek: Voyager, where it had several appearances as different ships, and later used in Star Trek: Enterprise.

Model variations
Akritirian patrol ship Ba'neth starship Antarian Trans-stellar Rally Starting Line
Akritirian patrol ship
VOY: "The Chute"
Ba'neth starship
VOY: "Riddles"
Unidentified ship
VOY: "Drive"
(closest to camera)
Lokirrim patrol ship Lokirrim warship Ledosian patrol ship
Lokirrim patrol ship
VOY: "Body and Soul"
Lokirrim warship
VOY: "Body and Soul"
Ledosian patrol ship
VOY: "Natural Law"
Unidentified space ship docked at the Ledosian spaceport Kriosian battlecruiser Alien vessel fought off by the command module of the Horizon
Unidentified ship
VOY: "Natural Law"
Kriosian battle cruiser
ENT: "Precious Cargo"
Alien vessel
ENT: "Horizon"

Krenim warship

Krenim warship

Krenim warship
"Before and After"

  • No information yet


Voth research vessel

Model variations
Voth research vessel Turei vessel
Voth research vessel
"Distant Origin"
Turei vessel
"Dragon's Teeth"
  • No information yet


VOY Season 4

Kradin fighter

Kradin fighter

Kradin fighter
"Nemesis"


Krenim patrol ship

Krenim patrol ship

Krenim patrol ship
"Year of Hell"

  • No information yet.


Krenim weapon ship

Krenim temporal weapon ship 2

Krenim weapon ship
"Year of Hell"

  • No information yet.


Mawasi cruiser

Model variations
Mawasi cruiser Abaddon's ship pieces 1
Mawasi cruiser
"Year of Hell, Part II"
Ship component #1
"Drive"
  • No information yet


Nihydron warship

Model variations
Nihydron ship Species 10026 vessel
Nihydron warship
"Year of Hell, Part II"
Species 10026 vessel
"Dark Frontier"
  • No information yet


Tau pirate fighter

Prometheus class

USS Prometheus, 2374 (fore)

Prometheus-class
"Message in a Bottle", et al.


Dauntless class

USS Dauntless quarter, Hope and Fear

Dauntless-class
"Hope and Fear"


VOY Season 5

Malon export vessel, eleventh gradient

Malon freighter, Extreme Risk

Malon export vessel, eleventh gradient
"Night", et al.


Malon shuttle

Malon shuttle, aft view

Malon shuttle
"Extreme Risk"


Devore warship

As a new design, the Devore warship made its first appearance in VOY: "Counterpoint". The CGI model [4] was designed and built at Foundation Imaging by Brandon MacDougall who commented, "The Devore ship was one Mojo asked me to design and model for Voyager season 5 episode "Counterpoint" I made some quick pen and ink designs on paper, Dan C[urry] and David L[ivingston] liked the direction and the rest was history. It was hard to make up my mind what way it would fly and I not sure even Mojo did know. Some of the cool things you do not see is a shuttle bay with yellow internal lighting and hydraulics doors."[5]

In later appearances, the model was scaled down to represent several smaller vessels of various alien races. It would otherwise unmodified, re-appear as a derelict in Abaddon's Repository of Lost Treasures (VOY: "Alice"), as one of the contestants in the Antarian Trans-stellar Rally, where it would, true to McDougall's comment, fly backwards (VOY: "Drive"), as a stranded alien vessel in VOY: "The Void" and finally as a Sphere Builder vessel, type 1 as part of the battle seen in ENT: "Azati Prime".

Qatai's shuttle

Model variations
Qatai's shuttle, fore Abaddon's ship pieces 2 Unnamed alien vessel attacking the Delta Flyer in a Borg debris field
Qatai's shuttle
VOY: "Bliss"
Ship component #2
VOY: "Alice"
Unknown starship
VOY: "Imperfection"
Antarian Trans-stellar Rally Start Signal Qatai's shuttle as unknown ship at Ledosian spaceport, Natural law Nacona's vessel taking up position against the USS Voyager in an asteroid field
Unknown starship (right center)
VOY: "Drive"
Unknown starship
VOY: "Natural Law"
Nocona's vessel
VOY: "Homestead"
Unnamed starship landing on Rigel X Xantoras evacuation transport 1 Yridian shuttle, Twilight
Unknown starship
ENT: "Broken Bow"
Xantoras evacuation transports
ENT: "The Breach"
Yridian shuttle
ENT: "Twilight"

Borg Queen's vessel

Borg Queen's vessel

Borg Queen's vessel
"Dark Frontier"


Chaotic space hulk

Chaotic space hulk CGI model

Chaotic space hulk CGI model

Originally slated to make an appearance in VOY: "Vis à Vis" as a "ship of the week", the Chaotic space hulk was designed and built as a CGI model at Digital Muse. "They might say "We're looking for some design where we want to have tentacles, but we don't want it to look like an octopus," or things like that.(...)When the team are called on to help with a design, everyone gets a chance, It's actually a free-for-all. I think with "Vis à Vis" we had to come up with three ship designs, but we probably submitted 10 or 12.", John Gross remembered. Initially however, the design was one of the rejected ones, but was utilised in the later episode VOY: "The Fight". As to why it was initially rejected Gross further elaborated, "We ended up using it as the derelict ship in "The Fight". It was very organic, and it was something that didn't fit into the Star Trek universe. The reason it was able to be used in "The Fight" was because of the refracting space; the ship was so broken up you really couldn't see it very clearly. But I know Peter Lauritson likes to avoid having ships that look too much like life forms; Star Trek has a very good reason for having that consistency." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 10, p. 71)

That reluctance was put aside later, as the model, slightly modified at Eden FX, made additional appearances as the Romulan drone-ship in several episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 4. The model was affectionately dubbed "The Flea" by the production team.[6]

Model variations
Chaotic space hulk Chaotic space hulk as unknown ship at Ledosian spaceport, Natural law Romulan drone ship (quarter)
Chaotic space hulk
VOY: "The Fight"
Unknown starship
VOY: "Natural Law"
Romulan drone-ship
ENT: "Babel One", "United", "The Aenar"

Hazari vessel

This CGI model was originally created for use in Star Trek: Voyager.

Model variations
Hazari vessel Nygean starship RigelianScoutship
Hazari vessel
VOY: "Think Tank"
Nygean starship
VOY: "The Void"
Rigelian scout ship
ENT: "Storm Front, Part II", "United"

Hazari shuttle

This CGI model first appearing in Star Trek: Voyager. A new CGI model of a similar design later appeared as Goroth's starship in Star Trek: Enterprise.

Model variations
Hazari shuttle Wysanti ship imperfection Aksani starship
Hazari shuttle
"Think Tank"
Wysanti starship
"Imperfection"
Aksani vessel
"Drive"

Malon export vessel

Malon export vessel, Juggernaut

Malon export vessel
"Juggernaut"


Nova class

USS Equinox, forward

Nova-class
"Equinox", et al.


VOY Season 6

Alice

CGI model.

Model variations
Alice (ship) Arkonian patrol ship Tellarite shuttle
Alice
VOY: "Alice"
Arkonian patrol ship
ENT: "Dawn"
Tellarite shuttle
ENT: "Bounty"


Hierarchy assault class

Hierarchy Assault Class design sketches by Rick Sternbach

Rick Sternbach's design sketches

On the origin of the Hierarchy Template:ShipClass Rick Sternbach commented,"I vaguely recall the script saying it was an "alien ship bristling with antennae," since the crew were engaged in massive surveillance operations of everything around them. The two sketches I turned in were pretty different from most other things we'd seen before, maybe the first one more than the second one. Where the design went after that was (...) between Brandon and our VFX guru Dan Curry."[7] Starting from some of the details of the two sketches Dan Curry (who remarked, "Brandon carried it further when he made his excellent CG version. He really understood the aesthetic I was after…" [8]), and Brandon MacDougall refined the design further at Foundation Imaging into the final design as it finally appeared in VOY: "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy" and VOY: "The Void" as a CGI model rendered in Lightwave.

For the seventh season appearance of the Hierarchy in VOY: "Renaissance Man", MacDougall altered the forward hull of the ship, by cutting down the number and changing the shape of the portholes and elongating the forward hull, for the ship to become the Hierarchy survey vessel.[9] The aft section remained largely unchanged. Out of courtesy, MacDougall re-rendered the original configuration for Doug Drexler's blog.

Sternbach's design sketches were later sold on 8 August 2010 as Lot #408 in the Sternbach's design sketches turned up at Propworx' "The official STAR TREK prop and costume auction" of 8 August 2010 as Lot 408 where they sold for $180 (including buyers premium), being estimated at US$100-$200, where they sold for US$180 (including buyer's premium).

Model variations
Hierarchy surveillance ship Assault class hierarchy The Void Hierarchy survey vessel (rerendered)
Assault class
"Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy"
Assault class
"The Void"
Hierarchy survey vessel
"Renaissance Man"

MIDAS array

Model variations
Midas array Yosemite 3
MIDAS array
VOY: "Pathfinder"
Yosemite 3 research station
ENT: "Zero Hour"

This CGI model was designed by Rick Sternbach and created as the MIDAS array in VOY: "Pathfinder". It was later reused as the Yosemite 3 research station in ENT: "Zero Hour".

Delta Flyer escape pod

Delta Flyer escape pod

Delta Flyer escape pod
"Good Shepherd"


Borg tactical cube

Borg tactical cube

Borg tactical cube
"Unimatrix Zero"


VOY Season 7

Subspace warhead

Subspace warhead emerges from subspace

Subspace warhead
"Human Error"


SC-4

SC-4

SC-4
"Endgame"

  • See main article: SC-4


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