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Chronological list of studio models in all twelve Star Trek films.

This list is of all new model designs that first appeared in all Star Trek films. 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.

Star Trek: The Motion PictureEdit

K't'inga class Edit

IKS Amar

K't'inga-class
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, et al.


Epsilon IX station Edit

EpsilonIX

Epsilon IX station


Air tram Edit

Air tram

Air tram


Orbital office complex Edit

Orbital office complex model

Penny Juday with the model

The model was originally built as the orbital office complex for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The model was turned upside down for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, TNG and DS9. It would later become a CGI model based on the original studio model for later seasons of DS9 and for a display graphic on VOY.

Original use:

First modification:

Second modification:


Earth spacedockEdit

Model variations
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) in spacedock USS Enterprise-B in drydock
USS Enterprise spacedock
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
NAR-30974
Star Trek Generations


Cargo management unitEdit

Work Bee with cargo crates

Work Bee
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, et al.


Travel podEdit

Travel pod

Travel pod
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, et al.


Refit Constitution-classEdit

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) in spacedock, aft

USS Enterprise, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, et al.


SurakEdit

Surak shuttle, aft quarter

Surak


V'Ger Edit

Vger ship

V'Ger

  • See main article: V'Ger


Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanEdit

Miranda classEdit

Model variations
USS Reliant USS Bozeman, aft
Miranda-class
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, et al.
Soyuz-class
TNG: "Cause and Effect"


Star Trek III: The Search for SpockEdit

Merchantman Edit

This model was originally designed by Nilo Rodis and built by ILM to represent the Merchantman in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. In VOY the ship appeared as both a physical model and CGI model.

Klingon Bird-of-Prey Edit

Klingon Bird-of-Prey

Kruge's Bird-of-Prey
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, et al.


Spacedock-type Edit

USS Enterprise approaches the Earth Spacedock

Spacedock
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, et al.


Orbital shuttle Edit

Orbital shuttle studio model

Orbital shuttle
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, et al.


Excelsior classEdit

USS Excelsior

Excelsior-class
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, et al.


Oberth class Edit

USS Grissom (aft)

Oberth-class
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, et al.


Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeEdit

Whale ProbeEdit

Whale Probe

Whale Probe


Star Trek V: The Final FrontierEdit

Pioneer 10Edit

Pioneer10

Pioneer 10.


Galileo Edit

Galileo 5

Galileo-type shuttle
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, et al.


Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryEdit

SD-103 Edit

SD-103 model

SD-103 model in its original configuration

Model variations
SD-103 USS Jenolan USS Nash approaching DS9
SD-103 (NAR-25820)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
USS Jenolan (NCC-2010)
TNG: "Relics"
USS Nash (NCC-2010-5)
DS9: "Playing God", "Accession", "Trials and Tribble-ations", "Chrysalis"
Unnamed SD-103 type shuttle, 2293 Farragut shuttlecraft Unnamed SD-103 type shuttle, 2371
A SD-103 type shuttlecraft parked at Starfleet Drydock
Star Trek Generations
Farragut shuttlecraft
Star Trek Generations
Unnamed shuttle
Star Trek Generations

The studio model of the SD-103-type, built especially for The Undiscovered Country was a purely Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the company contracted to do the visual effects for the movie, initiative, since scene 24 of the movie script did not foresee in one. The concept originated from the brain of ILM's Visual Effects Art Director Bill George, when he was conceiving a visual effects shot for the movie. He clarified, "When Kirk and the others head up to the spacedock to reboard their ship, we really wanted to open the film up and show the grandeur of space. Immediately I thought of 2001 – in particular, the docking sequence between the Orion space clipper and the double-wheeled Space Station One. I also got the bug in my mind to do an angle on the spacedock that hadn't been done before. I looked at at the model from all angles, and eventually ended up lying down on the ground to look up at it before I realized that was the perfect shot – it hadn't been done before, plus it was the natural angle of approach if you were coming up from Earth." George decided to beef out the shot with a new shuttle model. While Paramount Pictures had shuttle models available from the previous outings, The Search for Spock and The Final Frontier, George decided nevertheless to have a new one built. This was partly due of George being a consummate modelmaker (he had started out at ILM as such) and, though it was strictly speaking not his job anymore, he could not refrain himself from building another one, as studio model requirements were very light for ILM on this particular outing. All other models featured in the movie, including some on which George himself had previously participated in their builds, were reuses from earlier productions. He had John Goodson design one, and together they build the model, or as he has put it, "We designed and constructed a new shuttlecraft model just for this shot, the only new model we got to do this time. It was done very quickly – in a week – and was about sixteen inches long." (Cinefex, issue 49, p. 48) George and Goodman embellished the model by endowing the ventral side with several add-ons that had their origins in AMT/Ertl Star Trek model kits. So did the model feature two nacelle caps with Bussard collectors of the Enterprise-D model kit (No. 6619) as well as warp nacelle from the Romulan warbird model kit (No. 6858). Unfortunately for them, no dorsal views were seen of their model in the movie, though the tips of the Enterprise Bussard collectors were.

The model made a reappearance in Star Trek Generations as two unnamed SD-103 type shuttlecraft from the USS Farragut, sent down to the surface of Veridian III to pick up the survivors of the crashed USS Enterprise-D. However, since the actual model was by that time already modified and altered, the shot of the shuttle in flight was actually stock footage from The Undiscovered Country, but flopped and altered in post-production by adding the blue Farragut signage. The one seen on the saucer of the crashed Enterprise-D was not even a model but part of the matte painting that was done at ILM for the scene. (Cinefex, issue 61, p. 77) Still, a second model was in effect constructed for the movie, albeit a tiny one. It was built to go with the modified NAR-30974 spacedock model, carried over from The Motion Picture, as atmosphere, and it could be seen, though only just barely, parked, when the USS Enterprise-B left spacedock at the beginning of the movie.

Dan Curry touching up the USS Jenolan model at Image G

Dan Curry touching up the USS Jenolan model for its use in "Relics" at Image G

SD-103 model, ventral side SD-103 model refurbished as the USS Jenolan USS Jenolan model, profile view
Ventral side of the original studio model, showing its AMT/Ertl add-ons
The model refurbished as the USS "Jenolin"
The USS Jenolan model, ¼ profile view
USS Nash studio model, dorsal view SD-103 model refurbished as the USS Nash NAR-30974 SD-103 type shuttle
The model refurbished as the USS Nash, ¾ dorsal view
The USS Nash model at auction
The tiny NAR-30974 model at auction

In between the two movies, the original model itself was heavily modified by Greg Jein, who added warp engines to the model, with components derived from the Constitution-class and Miranda-class models, and given the look of a full starship with several decks, to appear as the Sydney-class. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Special Edition), text commentary; TNG Season 6 DVD-special feature, "Departmental Briefing Year Six - Production") Jein also extensively refurbished the dorsal side by endowing the original smoother surface by adding the bridge and deflector crystal assembly modules, as well as the ventral side by removing George's original add-ons and replacing them with add-ons in order to convey the sense of the model being a larger scaled ship. The now Sydney-class model initially appeared as USS Jenolan, though Jein or one of his modelers actually mislabeled the ship as "Jenolin", in "Relics", where the misspelled name however, was never clearly discernible (that was until 2014, when the episode was remastered and where it could be discerned that the name was not digitally corrected). Later, the model appeared, flipped over and relabeled, as the USS Nash in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "Playing God" (season 2), "Accession" (Season 4), "Trials and Tribble-ations" (Season 5) and "Chrysalis" (Season 7). As usual with the television appearances of studio models, footage of this model for its appearances in both series was shot at Image G, the company were Erik Nash worked as motion control camera operator, and whose name was given to the model for its Deep Space Nine appearances. (Cinefantastique, Vol 25 #6/Vol 26 #1, p. 102) It's accompanying registry number though, "NCC-2010-5", harkened back to the one the model was endowed with in its previous use as the Jenolan, "NCC-2010", and as far as in-universe usage of the Starfleet registry numbering system went, an odd one at that, as this was the only time that a ship was given a number of another class vessel addended with what appeared to be a follow number. Actually, since Deep Space Nine was already in pre-production at the time of "Relics", the modified model was seriously considered by Production Designer Herman Zimmerman and the producers to serve as the regular runabout shuttlecraft for the namesake station. Yet, it was ultimately decided to pass over the model in favor of the Danube-class, though the model served as a starting point for its design. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10,  p. 54)

The Sydney-class model (measuring 16½"x11"x4") was listed as lot 704 in the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction with an estimated sale price of US$4,000 - $6,000; it sold on 7 October 2006 for US$22,000 ($26,400 with premium). The tiny SD-103 type model was of course part of the spacedock model, which sold as lot 995in the same auction on the same day for US$8,000 ($9,600 with premium), originally estimated at US$3,000 - $5,000. That model was acquired by American collector Adam Schneider, who managed to acquire several models from the auction. [1]

Star Trek GenerationsEdit

Whorfin class Edit

SS Lakul

SS Lakul


Amargosa observatoryEdit

Model variations
Shockwave at Amargosa Wormhole relay station in action
Amargosa observatory
Star Trek Generations
Wormhole relay station
DS9: "Destiny"


Star Trek: First ContactEdit

Sovereign class Edit

USS Enterprise-E at warp

Sovereign-class
Star Trek: First Contact, et al.


Akira classEdit

Akira class-ventral, fc

Akira-class
Star Trek: First Contact, et al.


Norway classEdit

Norway class, fc

Norway class


Saber classEdit

Saber class-1, fc

Saber-class
Star Trek: First Contact, et al.


Steamrunner classEdit

Steamrunner class, forward view

Steamrunner-class
Star Trek: First Contact, et al.


Borg sphereEdit

Borg Sphere emerges

Borg sphere


Sovereign type escape podEdit

Sovereign type escape pods

Sovereign type escape pods


T'Plana-HathEdit

TPlana hath in crowd

T'Plana-Hath


Star Trek: InsurrectionEdit

Ru'afo's flagshipEdit

Sona command ship

Ru'afo's flagship


Federation mission scoutshipEdit

Federation scoutship fore

NCC-75227


Type 11 shuttlecraftEdit

Type 11 shuttle

Type 11 shuttlecraft


Federation holoshipEdit

Federation holoship (fore)

Federation holoship


Son'a battle cruiserEdit

Sona battle cruiser aft

Son'a battle cruiser


Son'a collectorEdit

Sona collector

Son'a collector


CousteauEdit

Cousteau (yacht)

Cousteau


Son'a shuttleEdit

Sona shuttle fore

Son'a shuttle


Star Trek NemesisEdit

ArgoEdit

Argo shuttle

Argo

  • See main article: Argo


ScimitarEdit

Scimitar

Scimitar


Scorpion classEdit

Scorpion class

Scorpion-class

  • No information yet.


ValdoreEdit

Valdore

Valdore


Star TrekEdit

These models were computer-generated at ILM. This list is based on one generated at Ex Astris Scientia. Many of these ships were designed by Ryan Church.

USS Kelvin Edit

USS Kelvin

USS Kelvin


Narada Edit

Narada

Narada


Kelvin-type shuttlecraft Edit

Medical shuttle 37

Kelvin-type shuttlecraft


Constitution-class (alternate reality) Edit

USS Enterprise (alternate reality), profile

USS Enterprise


Military shuttle Edit

Enterprise shuttle 89

Military shuttle


Jellyfish Edit

Jellyfish

Jellyfish


USS Kobayashi Maru Edit

USS Kobayashi Maru

USS Kobayashi Maru


Klingon warbird Edit

Klingon warbird

Klingon warbird


Moore-type shuttlecraft Edit

Enterprise shuttle 2

Moore-type shuttlecraft


Starbase 1 Edit

Starbase 1

Starbase 1


USS Armstrong Edit

USS Armstrong

The USS Armstrong


USS Newton Edit

USS Newton

The USS Newton


USS Mayflower Edit

USS Mayflower

A Federation starship


Starship class #1 Edit

Unknown starship type 1

Unknown starship type

  • This starship class is seen briefly when the Gilliam approached Spacedock 1.


Starship class #2 Edit

Unknown starship type 2

Unknown starship type

  • This starship class is seen briefly when the Gilliam approached Spacedock 1.


Starship class #3 Edit

Unknown starship type 3

Unknown starship type

  • This starship class is seen briefly when the Enterprise warps away from Spacedock 1.


Vulcan escape craftEdit

Unnamed Vulcan ship

Vulcan escape ship

  • This starship class is visible in the background when Spock arrives on Vulcan.


Constitution-type escape podEdit

Constitution type escape pod

The escape pod


Star Trek Into DarknessEdit

Takayama-type shuttlecraft Edit

Warrant, shuttlecraft

Takayama-type shuttlecraft


Jumpship Edit

Federation Jumpship 208 side view

Federation Jumpship 208


K'normian trading ship Edit

K'normian trading ship, fore

The K'normian trading ship


D4-class Edit

D4 class on Qo'noS

The D4-class


Io Facility Edit

Io Facility

The Io Facility


Cargo shuttle Edit

Cargo shuttle, alternate reality

A cargo shuttle

  • No information yet.


Dreadnought-class Edit

USS Vengeance

The USS Vengeance


Garbage barge Edit

Garbage barge

A garbage barge


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