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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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1926
William Rotsler is born.
1927
Tim O'Connor is born.
1929
Ralph Ferraro is born.
1930
Rhoda Williams is born.
1943
Kurtwood Smith is born.
1947
Mel Gilden is born.
1959
Wade Kelley is born.
1967
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "Wolf in the Fold".
1968
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "And the Children Shall Lead".
1971
The Twenty-Second UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #93 with the third of four installments.
1978
James Daly dies.
1996
Final draft script for DS9: "Apocalypse Rising" is submitted.
1997
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Day of Honor".
Final draft script for DS9: "A Time to Stand" is submitted.
2000
Paramount Home Entertainment releases Next Generation volume 3.5 and Voyager volume 6.5 on VHS in the UK.
2002
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "Carbon Creek".
2003
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "The Xindi".
2006
Star Trek: Fan Collective - Borg DVD released in region 2.
2007
Corps of Engineers print omnibus Grand Designs is released.
2009
Frank Salsedo dies.
Unknown
Arne Starr is born.

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