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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

Today is
Oct 2015
Cullen Chambers is born.
Second day of filming on TOS: "Court Martial".
Fourth day of filming on TOS: "A Private Little War". Location scenes at Tyree's camp are filmed today.
Revised final draft script for TOS: "Obsession" is submitted.
Jennifer Gatti is born.
TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome" airs.
First day of filming on TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield".
The Eighth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #2 with the second of six installments.
Phillip Glasser is born.
Forty-second day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Thirty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Genesis planet camp scenes are filmed today.
The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation To The Next airs.
TOS: "The Cage" airs for the first time.
Final draft script for TNG: "The Outrageous Okona" is submitted.
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "A Matter of Time".
Final draft script for TNG: "New Ground" is submitted.
TNG: "Interface" airs.
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Inheritance".
CIC Video releases Deep Space Nine volumes 5 & 6 on VHS in the UK.
Third day of filming on DS9: "Defiant".
Twenty-first day of filming on VOY: "Caretaker".
Third day of filming on DS9: "The Ascent".
First day of filming on VOY: "Tsunkatse".
CIC Video releases Deep Space Nine volume 7.10 and Voyager volume 5.10 on VHS in the UK.
VOY: "Unimatrix Zero, Part II" airs.
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Nightingale".
Third day of filming on ENT: "Vanishing Point".
First day of filming on ENT: "Kir'Shara".
Star Trek Nemesis (Special Edition) DVD released in Region 1.
Richard J. Zobel, Jr. dies.

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