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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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1914
Carey Loftin is born.
1927
Norm Prescott is born.
1929
Jean Simmons is born.
1934
Gene DeWeese is born.
1947
Jonathan Banks is born.
1951
Cristine Rose is born.
1962
Robin Bonaccorsi is born.
David Oliver is born.
1967
Fourth day of filming on TOS: "Errand of Mercy".
1969
TOS: "The Lights of Zetar" airs.
1970
The Eleventh UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #19 with the second of six installments.
1972
Al Goto is born.
1990
Final draft script for TNG: "Tin Man" is submitted.
1991
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "The Nth Degree".
Final draft script for TNG: "Qpid" is submitted.
1992
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "The First Duty".
1994
TNG: "Sub Rosa" airs.
CIC Video releases Star Trek - The Three Beginnings on VHS in the UK.
1995
DS9: "Life Support" airs.
Second day of filming on VOY: "State of Flux".
1998
Gary Nardino dies.
2000
Gil Kane dies.
2001
VOY: "Repentance" airs.
Seventh and final day of filming on VOY: "Author, Author".
2002
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "Oasis".
Thirty-eighth day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2003
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Horizon".
2005
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II".
2006
Pocket ENT novel Rosetta published.
2007
Lee Bergere dies.
2012
Fourteenth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.

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