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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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Did You Know that when Stephen Hawking was taken on a tour of the USS Enterprise-D engine room set, he indicated the warp core and said, "I'm working on that"?

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1907
Barry Trivers is born.
1925
Lincoln Demyan is born.
1937
Bobby Clark is born.
1940
Brioni Farrell is born.
Richard Lynch is born.
1945
Cliff DeYoung is born.
1954
Zach Grenier is born.
1962
Eben Ham is born.
1964
Raphael Sbarge is born.
1967
Christie Haydon is born.
1972
The Twenty-Eighth UK Story Arc continues in Valiant & TV21 #20 with the third of five installments.
1976
Christopher Pettiet is born.
1983
Last strip of the fifteenth comic story arc is published.
1990
TNG: "A Matter of Perspective" airs.
1991
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "Qpid" on location at Descanso Gardens.
1992
Seventh day of filming on TNG: "Cost of Living".
1996
DS9: "Sons of Mogh" airs.
VOY: "Dreadnought" airs.
1997
VOY: "Unity" airs.
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Displaced".
1998
Sixth day of filming on DS9: "His Way".
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Demon".
2002
Forty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2003
ENT: "Cease Fire" airs.
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "The Breach".
2004
Harriet Leider dies.
First day of filming on ENT: "The Council".
2008
Delta Vega scenes are filmed for Star Trek.
2011
Kenneth Mars dies.

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