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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.

Did You Know that John Billingsley tried to get his wife Bonita Friedericy a role on Star Trek: Enterprise as one of his character's wives, but was unsuccessful? She did appear as Rooney, a Human scientist, in "Regeneration" though.

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Today in Trek history

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1922
Reuben Klamer is born.
1930
John Wheeler is born.
1951
Tress MacNeille is born.
1956
Michael Corbett is born.
1966
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "The Enemy Within".
1967
First day of filming on TOS: "The Doomsday Machine". Bridge scenes are filmed today.
1968
Second day of filming on TOS: "The Enterprise Incident".
Revised story outline submitted for the undeveloped Original Series episode "The Aurorals" by Frank Paris.
1970
The Fourteenth UK Story Arc begins in TV21 & Joe 90 #39 with the first of six installments.
1982
Necar Zadegan is born.
1991
Forty-seventh day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Bridge scenes are filmed today, including the invitation of Gorkon to dinner, and the torpedo attack on Kronos One.
1993
Adam Taylor Gordon is born.
Geoff and Greg Paul Samuels are born.
DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets" airs.
1996
Fifty-third day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
1997
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Nemesis".
2005
Billy Parrish dies.

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