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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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Today in Trek history

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1923
Ross Taylor is born.
1932
Edward J. Lakso is born.
1947
Steve Gerber is born.
1948
Leonard Crofoot is born.
1961
Rich Minga is born.
1965
Robert Rusler is born.
1966
Sixth day of filming on TOS: "The Conscience of the King".
The scores for TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver", "Balance of Terror" and "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", composed by Fred Steiner, are recorded.
Final draft script of TOS: "The Conscience of the King" is revised again.
1967
Seventh (and last) day of filming on TOS: "Bread and Circuses". Scenes at the Proconsul's office are filmed today.
Second revised final draft script of TOS: "Journey to Babel" is revised.
1968
TOS: "Spock's Brain" airs.
1969
Victoria Dillard is born.
1978
Thirty-second day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1982
Derek Johnson is born.
1983
Twenty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1988
Third revised final draft script for TNG: "The Child" is submitted.
1991
Second day of filming on TNG: "Unification I". Bridge scenes are filmed today.
1993
First day of filming on TNG: "Force of Nature".
1994
Eleventh day of filming on VOY: "Caretaker".
Final draft script for DS9: "Meridian" is submitted.
1999
The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Image in the Sand" airs on Sky One in the United Kingdom.
2000
Second day of filming on VOY: "Body and Soul".
2002
Seventh and final day of filming on ENT: "The Communicator".
2004
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "The Forge".
2009
Bill Shepard dies.

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