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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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1938
Barbara Baldavin is born.
1943
Herschel Sparber is born.
1944
Katherine Kurtz is born.
1948
Mark La Mura is born.
1964
Anthony Guidera is born.
1966
Sixth (and last) day of filming on TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I" and TOS: "The Menagerie, Part II".
First draft of script for TOS: "The Squire of Gothos" submitted.
First draft of script for TOS: "Arena" submitted.
Final draft script for TOS: "Shore Leave" is revised.
1967
Second day of filming on TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion".
1968
TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" airs.
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy".
1969
The Eighth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #4 with the fourth of six installments.
1978
Fifty-second day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1983
Forty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1988
Sixth day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data".
1991
Second day of filming on TNG: "Hero Worship".
1993
TNG: "Gambit, Part II" airs.
Seventh and final day of filming on TNG: "Parallels".
Final draft script for TNG: "The Pegasus" is submitted.
Final draft script for DS9: "Rivals" is submitted.
CIC Video releases Next Generation volumes 71 & 72 on VHS in the UK.
1994
Sixth day of filming on DS9: "Fascination".
Thirty-first day of filming on VOY: "Caretaker".
Final draft script for DS9: "Past Tense, Part I" is submitted.
1995
Fourth day of filming on DS9: "Our Man Bashir".
1996
Fifth day of filming on DS9: "Rapture".
1999
Paddi Edwards and Eddie Jones die.
Third day of filming on VOY: "Blink of an Eye".
CIC Video releases Deep Space Nine volume 7.11 and Voyager volume 5.11 on VHS in the UK.
2000
VOY: "Drive" airs.
First day of filming on VOY: "Lineage".
2002
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "Precious Cargo".
2004
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Daedalus".
2013
Mary Carver dies.
Unknown
Amanda Chamberlin and Steve Epting are born.

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