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Chronological list of studio models first appearing on Star Trek: Voyager.

This list is of all new model designs that first appeared in Voyager. Information on models that represented a single-use design can be found in the articles linked below.
Information on models that were recycled or refurbished to represent different vessels or props from different species, exclusive to this and subsequent series will be listed herein.

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VOY Season 1

Intrepid-class

Intrepid-class USS Voyager
(VOY: "Caretaker", et al.)


Caretaker's array

Model variations
Caretakers array.jpg Suspirias array.jpg
Caretaker's array
(VOY: "Caretaker")
Suspiria's array
(VOY: "Cold Fire")

The visual effects model of the array was later sold off by Christie's at the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection in (October 2006) as lot 354. It measures 36 × 19 × 19 inches. [1]

Kazon fighter

Studio model at Image G, as originally delivered

Model variations
Kazon fighter.jpg Culluh's raider.jpg Bothan starship, type 3.jpg
Kazon fighter
(VOY: "Caretaker")
Kazon raider
(VOY: "State of Flux")
Bothan starship, type 3
(VOY: "Persistence of Vision")

The Kazon fighter was a design by Dan Curry. At the time, the production team of Star Trek was spread thin as several productions were in various stages of development (Star Trek Generations, TNG: "All Good Things...", DS9: "The Jem'Hadar", and VOY: "Caretaker", as well as the documentary Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation). The regular design team for Voyager had their hands full hammering out the details for the USS Voyager and the Caretaker's array as was related in the book A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager. To ease the workload, Curry, whose regular function was that of Effects Producer, pitched in by tackling the Kazon ships, wanting to imbue the ships with that culture's "rough, low-tech retro" look. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 105, p. 59) For the same reason the build of the models, once the design was approved, was subcontracted out to an outside vendor, WonderWorks Inc., who delivered the models as per specification. [2] As one of the most junior employees at WonderWorks, Robert Bonchune was sent to deliver the miniature to the Star Trek motion control stage at Image G. There, he handed the model over to Curry, who wanted to make improvements to it. Curry therefore asked Bonchune to stay behind to help him distress the painting. Bonchune was thrilled to help paint the ship but figured he would likely have no more involvement with Star Trek, though fate intervened to prove him wrong. (Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, issue 44, pp. 14-15)

Stipes performing modifications on the studio model

Kazon fighter studio model at auction.jpg Kazon raider studio model.jpg
The studio model in its fighter configuration...
...and in its Raider configuration

"About six weeks into motion control photography, the producers decided to change the Kazon Fighter design. I mocked up possible design modifications for producers to look at.", David Stipes recalled. [3] Stipes embellished the studio model with various cardboard add-ons, among others the aft and front fins for assessment. Once approved, the modifications were made permanent at Tony Meininger's Brazil-Fabrication & Design. The modifications meant that the footage of the model, shot until that time, had to be re-shot in late October/early November 1994. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 105, p. 59) Part of the modification was the decision to have the model, which was originally conceived as a fighter craft only, to double as the as larger conceived Kazon raider as well. This was achieved by fabricating a cockpit module and a bridge module which were interchangeable on the model, confirmed by Rick Sternbach in private correspondence with Ex Astris Scientia, "I recall the model only vaguely. It was a Dan Curry design and I don't have any details, but essentially you're correct, the model was modified to be either one."

The late decision to have the model design modified was reflected in the release of Galoob's Micro Machines (Set 66128), which showed the fighter in the configuration of the studio model as originally delivered by WonderWorks.

Indeterminate Kazon ship class filmed at Image G

Jabin's ship

When "Caretaker" was being filmed, neither module was used, either because they were not constructed yet or because they were not yet conceived. Instead, a smooth feature was applied to the area of the model where the bridge or cockpit were supposed to be in later episodes. As such, it can not be ascertained with absolute certainty what class of vessels the Kazon ships were intended to be in the episode, though the visual of Maje Jabin on his bridge suggested the larger class. In this configuration, the model is featured at Image G in the VOY Season 1 DVD special feature, "Red Alert: Visual Effects Season One", in which Curry discusses the filming of the models. [4](X)

As the role of the Kazon as main antagonists was played out early on in the series, no CGI version of the design was ever produced, the few later appearances being either stock footage or LCARS displays.

The physical model, with the cockpit module and measuring 30 × 7 × 14 inches, known as Lot 353, and estimated at US$3,000–$5,000, was sold on 6 October 2006 in the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction, with a winning bid of US$5,000 ($6,000 including buyer's premium).

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Predator class

Predator-class
(VOY: "Caretaker", et al.)


Type 8 shuttlecraft

Type 8 shuttlecraft
(VOY: "Parallax", et al.)


VOY Season 2

Reptohumanoid vessel

This CGI model and its various modifications made a total of five appearances on Star Trek: Voyager and one in Star Trek: Enterprise. The "Reptile Alien Ship" was designed by Rick Sternbach in July 1995. Constructed at Amblin Imaging, the ship was Voyager's first CGI-only starship design.

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Bothan starship

Model variations
Bothan starship, type 2.jpg Alien ship-Borg drone.jpg Serosian vessel.jpg
Bothan starship
(VOY: "Persistence of Vision")
Alien ship
(VOY: "Unity")
Serosian vessel
(VOY: "Revulsion")
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Cravic and Praylor starships

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Cravic starship.jpg Pralor starship.jpg
Cravic starship
(VOY: "Prototype")
Pralor starship
(VOY: "Prototype")
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Class 2 shuttle

Class 2 shuttle
(VOY: "Threshold"), et al.)


Cardassian ATR-4107

Cardassian ATR-4107
(VOY: "Dreadnought")


Rakosan fighter

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Rakosan fighters.jpg Talaxian ship.jpg
Rakosan fighter
(VOY: "Dreadnought")
Talaxian ship
(VOY: "Basics, Part I")
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Vidiian warship

Vidiian warship
(VOY: "Resolutions")


VOY Season 3

Akritirian patrol ship

Model variations
Akritirian patrol ship.jpg Ba'Neth starship.jpg Antarian Trans-stellar Rally Starting Line.jpg
Akritirian patrol ship
(VOY: "The Chute")
Ba'Neth ship
(VOY: "Riddles")
Antarian Trans-stellar Rally ship
(VOY: "Drive")
(closest to camera)
Lokirrim patrol ship.jpg Lokirrim warship.jpg Ledosian patrol ship.jpg
Lokirrim patrol ship
(VOY: "Body and Soul")
Lokirrim warship
(VOY: "Body and Soul")
Ledosian patrol ship
(VOY: "Natural Law")
Ledosian spaceport vessel 2.jpg Kriosian battlecruiser.jpg Alien vessel fought off by the command module of the Horizon.jpg
Unidentified ship
(VOY: "Natural Law")
Krios Battlecruiser
(ENT: "Precious Cargo")
Alien vessel
(ENT: "Horizon")

Originally designed for use in Star Trek: Voyager, where it had several appearances as different ships, and was later used in Star Trek: Enterprise.

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Akritirian maximum security detention facility

Akritirian maximum security detention facility
(VOY: "The Chute")


Mislenite freighter

Model variations
Mislenite freighter.jpg Buck-toothed alien starship.jpg
Mislenite freighter
(VOY: "The Swarm")
Buck-toothed alien starship
(VOY: "Hunters")
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Swarm species vessel

Swarm species vessel
(VOY: "The Swarm")


Bahrat's space station

Bahrats space station
(VOY: "Fair Trade")


Krenim warship

Krenim warship
(VOY: "Before and After")


Voth research vessel

Model variations
Voth research vessel.jpg Turei vessel.jpg
Voth research vessel
(VOY: "Distant Origin")
Turei vessel
(VOY: "Dragon's Teeth")

This studio model was designed by Rick Sternbach.

VOY Season 4

Caatati vessel (small)

  • No information yet


Caatati vessel (large)

Caatati vessel (large)
(VOY: "Day of Honor")


Kradin fighter

Kradin fighter
(VOY: "Nemesis")


B'omar patrol ship

Model variations
B'omar patrol ship.jpg Abaddon's derelict 3.jpg
B'omar patrol ship
(VOY: "The Raven")
Abaddon's derelict
(VOY: "Alice")
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Raven type

Raven-type
(VOY: "The Raven")


Srivani vessels

Srivani vessel
(VOY: "Scientific Method")


Krenim patrol ship

Krenim patrol ship
(VOY: "Year of Hell")


Krenim weapon ship

Krenim weapon ship
(VOY: "Year of Hell")


Mawasi cruiser

The Mawasi cruiser was designed by Brandon MacDougall at Foundation Imaging, where it was identified in its rendering as a "Mawasi attack vessel". According to MacDougall, this ship was one of two original designs required for (VOY: "Year of Hell, Part II"), the other being the Nihydron warship.

Orthographic views of Mawasi cruiser

MacDougall explained: "The specifications of the ships were: [..] the Mawasi should be more linear in shape. Paramount faxed us a picture of an old ship that had appeared somewhere in the Trek "timeline" as the direction for the Mawasi. The faxed picture looked a lot like an X Wing Fighter, but I would do my best to change the look." (SciFi & Fantasy Models, issue 32, pp. 51. 54)

The model was later reused in Voyager's sixth season as a derelict in "Alice".

Nihydron warship

The Nihydron warship was designed by Brandon MacDougall at Foundation Imaging as one of two original designs required for (VOY: "Year of Hell, Part II"), the other being the Mawasi warship. According to MacDougall, the specifications were "the Nihydron should look organic." (SciFi & Fantasy Models, issue 32, pp. 51, 52, 54)

The model was later reused in Voyager's fifth season as a Species 10026 vessel in (VOY: "Dark Frontier").

Tau's ship

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Prometheus-class

Prometheus class
(VOY: "Message in a Bottle", et al.)


Hirogen ship

Model variations
Hirogen ship.jpg Abaddon's derelict 5.jpg
Hirogen ship
(VOY: "Hunters", et al.)
Abaddon's derelict
(VOY: "Alice")

The look of the Hirogen ship's exterior, first introduced in this episode, was designed by senior illustrator Rick Sternbach and digitally modeled by Brandon MacDougall at Foundation Imaging. CGI Effects Director Ron Thornton influenced the design by suggesting that Sternbach's plan for the ship be flattened. [5](X)

Visual Effects Supervisor Mitch Suskin noted, "The Hirogen ship design that came from Rick Sternbach was neat, but I don't know if it really looked that good from every angle." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 98)

Steth's ship

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Benthan fighter ship

Benthan fighter ship
(VOY: "Vis à Vis")


Daelen's ship

Daelen's ship
(VOY: "Vis à Vis")


Allos' rescue ships

Allos' rescue ships were designed by Rick Sternbach, with one sketch dated February 1997. Some of the engine components were reused from a previous model "to save time." [6]

Ramuran vessel

Dauntless-class

Dauntless-class
(VOY: "Hope and Fear")


VOY Season 5

Night ship

Night Ship
(VOY: "Night")


Malon export vessel, eleventh gradient

Malon export vessel, eleventh gradient
(VOY: "Night", et al.)


Multi-spatial probe

This CGI model first appeared as the multi-spatial probe from "Extreme Risk", then was used as a class 5 probe in "Blink of an Eye", before being later modified to represent a Quarren space buoy in "Workforce".

Malon shuttle

Malon shuttle
(VOY: "Extreme Risk")


Monean research vessel

The Monean research vessel, referred to in concept art as the "Monean subship", was designed by Rick Sternbach in (September 1998).

Devore warship

As a new design, the Devore warship first appeared in "Counterpoint". The CGI model [7](X) was designed and built at Foundation Imaging by Brandon MacDougall, who commented "The Devore ship was one Mojo asked me to design and model for Voyager season 5 episode "Counterpoint". I made some quick pen and ink designs on paper, Dan C[urry] and David L[ivingston] liked the direction and the rest was history. It was hard to make up my mind what way it would fly and I not sure even Mojo did know. Some of the cool things you do not see is a shuttle bay with yellow internal lighting and hydraulics doors." ([8](X))

In later appearances, the model was scaled down to represent several smaller vessels of various alien races. It reappeared, otherwise unmodified, as a derelict in Abaddon's Repository of Lost Treasures in "Alice", as one of the contestants in the Antarian Trans-stellar Rally in "Drive", where, true to McDougall's comment, it flew backwards, as a stranded alien vessel in "The Void", as a visiting ship at the Ledosian spaceport in "Natural Law", and finally as a Sphere-Builder vessel, type 1 as part of the battle in ENT: "Azati Prime").

Devore scout ship

Devore scout ship
"Counterpoint"


Devore sensor array

Devore sensor array


Intruder alien vessel

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Intruder alien vessel.jpg Irinas ship in hangar.jpg
Intruder alien vessel
(VOY: "Latent Image")
Irina's ship (right)
(VOY: "Drive")

The intruder alien vessel was designed by Rick Sternbach. [9]

Qatai's vessel

Model variations
Qatai's vessel, fore.jpg Abaddon's ship pieces 2.jpg Salvage Aliens' vessel.jpg
Qatai's vessel
(VOY: "Bliss")
Ship component #2
(VOY: "Alice")
Salvage Aliens' vessel
(VOY: "Imperfection")
Antarian Trans-stellar Rally Start Signal.jpg Ledosian spaceport vessel 3.jpg Nacona's ship.jpg
Antarian Trans-stellar Rally ship (right center)
(VOY: "Drive")
Unknown starship
(VOY: "Natural Law")
Nocona's vessel
(VOY: "Homestead")
Shuttle landing on Rigel X.jpg Xantoras evacuation transport 1.jpg Yridian vessel.jpg
Unknown starship
(ENT: "Broken Bow")
Xantoras evacuation transport
(ENT: "The Breach")
Yridian vessel
(ENT: "Twilight")

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Borg Queen's vessel

Borg Queen's vessel
(VOY: "Dark Frontier")


Varro generational ship

Varro generational ship
(VOY: "The Disease")


Chaotic space hulk

Chaotic space hulk CGI model

Model variations
Chaotic space hulk.jpg Ledosian spaceport vessel.jpg Romulan drone ship (quarter).jpg
Chaotic space hulk
(VOY: "The Fight")
Unknown starship
(VOY: "Natural Law")
Romulan drone ship
(ENT: "Babel OnVOY", "United", "The Aenar")

Originally slated to make an appearance in "Vis à Vis" as a "ship of the week", the "Chaotic space hulk" was designed and built as a CGI model at Digital Muse. "They might say "We're looking for some design where we want to have tentacles, but we don't want it to look like an octopus," or things like that. (...) When the team are called on to help with a design, everyone gets a chance, It's actually a free-for-all. I think with "Vis à Vis" we had to come up with three ship designs, but we probably submitted 10 or 12", John Gross remembered. Initially however, the design was one of the rejected ones, but was utilized in the later episode "The Fight". As to why it was initially rejected Gross further elaborated, "We ended up using it as the derelict ship in "The Fight". It was very organic, and it was something that didn't fit into the Star Trek universe. The reason it was able to be used in "The Fight" was because of the refracting space; the ship was so broken up you really couldn't see it very clearly. But I know Peter Lauritson likes to avoid having ships that look too much like life forms; Star Trek has a very good reason for having that consistency." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 10, p. 71)

That reluctance was put aside later, as the model, slightly modified at Eden FX, made additional appearances as the Romulan drone ship in several episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4. The model was affectionately dubbed "The Flea" by the production team. ([10](X))

Hazari vessel

Model variations
Hazari vessel.jpg Nygean starship.jpg Rigellian scoutship.jpg
Hazari vessel
(VOY: "Think Tank")
Nygean starship
(VOY: "The Void")
Rigellian scoutship
(ENT: "Storm Front, Part II", "United")

This CGI model was originally created for use in Star Trek: Voyager.

Hazari shuttle

Model variations
Hazari shuttle.jpg Wysanti ship imperfection.jpg Aksani starship.jpg Rigel X trade complex shuttle 2.jpg
Hazari shuttle
(VOY: "Think Tank")
Wysanti starship
(VOY: "Imperfection")
Aksani vessel
(VOY: "Drive")
Rigel X shuttle
(ENT: "Broken Bow")

This CGI model first appeared in Star Trek: Voyager.

This model bears some semblance to a similar design that later appeared as Goroth's starship in (ENT: "Bounty").

Think Tank vessel

Think Tank vessel
(VOY: "Think Tank")


Malon export vessel

Malon export vessel
(VOY: "Juggernaut")


Nova-class

Model variations
USS Equinox, forward.jpg USS Rhode Island intercepts SC-4.jpg
Nova-class
(VOY: "Equinox")
refit-Nova-class
(VOY: "Endgame")


VOY Season 6

Ankari vessel

Ankari vessel


Markonian outpost

This CGI file was originally created for Star Trek: Voyager. It was recolored and modified for use as the Ledosian spaceport in (VOY: "Natural Law").

Hierarchy Assault-class

Rick Sternbach's design sketches

On the origin of the Hierarchy Assault-class Rick Sternbach commented, "I vaguely recall the script saying it was an "alien ship bristling with antennae," since the crew was engaged in massive surveillance operations of everything around them. The two sketches I turned in were pretty different from most other things we'd seen before, maybe the first one more than the second one. Where the design went after that was (...) between Brandon and our VFX guru Dan Curry." [11](X) Starting from some of the details of the two sketches Dan Curry (who remarked, "Brandon carried it further when he made his excellent CG version. He really understood the aesthetic I was after...", [12](X) and Brandon MacDougall refined the design further at Foundation Imaging into the final design as it finally appeared in "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy" and "The Void" as a CGI model rendered in Lightwave.

For the seventh season appearance of the Hierarchy in "Renaissance Man", MacDougall altered the forward hull of the ship by cutting down the number and changing the shape of the portholes and elongating the forward hull for the ship to become the Hierarchy survey vessel. [13](X) The aft section remained largely unchanged. Out of courtesy, MacDougall re-rendered the original configuration for Doug Drexler's blog.

Sternbach's design sketches turned up at Propworx' "The official STAR TREK prop and costume auction" of 8 August 2010 as Lot 408, where they sold for US$180 (including buyers premium), having been estimated at US$100-$200.

Model variations
Hierarchy surveillance ship.jpg Abaddon's derelict 8.jpg Hierarchy survey vessel.jpg Hierarchy survey vessel (rerendered).jpg
Assault-class
(VOY: "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy")
Abaddon's derelict
(VOY: "Alice")
Hierarchy survey vessel
(VOY: "The Void")
Hierarchy survey vessel (rerendered)
(VOY: "Renaissance Man")


Alice

Model variations
Alice (ship).jpg Arkonian patrol ship.jpg Tellarite shuttle.jpg
Alice
(VOY: "Alice")
Arkonian patrol ship
(ENT: "Dawn")
Tellarite shuttle
(ENT: "Bounty")

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Ba'Neth space station

Model variations
Ba'Neth space station.jpg Quarren orbital facility.jpg
Ba'Neth space station
(VOY: "Riddles")
Quarren space station
(VOY: "Workforce")

This CGI model first appeared in (VOY: "Riddles"), as the cloaked Ba'Neth space station.

Vaadwaur assault fighter

Vaadwaur assault fighter
(VOY: "Dragon's Teeth")


Ares IV

Ares IV
(VOY: "One Small Step")


Tash's starship

Tash's starship
(VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")


Tash's catapult

Tash's catapult
(VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")


MIDAS array

Model variations
MIDAS array.jpg Yosemite 3.jpg
MIDAS array
(VOY: "Pathfinder")
Yosemite 3 research station
(ENT: "Zero Hour")

This CGI model was designed by Rick Sternbach and created as the Mutara Interdimensional Deep Space Array System in (VOY: "Pathfinder"). It was later reused as the Yosemite 3 research station in ENT: "Zero Hour".

Orbital 1

Orbital 1
(VOY: "Blink of an Eye")


Kelemane's species' ship

Kelemane's species' ships
(VOY: "Blink of an Eye")

  • See main article: Kelemane's species' ship


Qomar space station

Qomar space station
(VOY: "Virtuoso")


Qomar starships

"Manta ray design"

Qomar ship with "manta ray design"
(VOY: "Virtuoso")


"Bullet-shaped"

Qomar ship with "bullet-shape"
(VOY: "Virtuoso")

This model was later reused in (VOY: "Drive"). ([14])

Saucer with roll bar

Qomar ship with saucer and roll bar
(VOY: "Virtuoso")

This model was later reused in (VOY: "Drive"). ([15])

Saucer with square-frame

Qomar ship with saucer and square-frame
(VOY: "Virtuoso")


Penk's starship

Penk's starship
(VOY: "Tsunkatse")


Kobali shuttle

Kobali shuttle
(VOY: "Ashes to Ashes")


Delta Flyer escape pod

Delta Flyer escape pod
(VOY: "Good Shepherd")


Dala's "Delta Flyer"

Delta Flyer
(VOY: "Live Fast and Prosper")


Jupiter Station

Jupiter Station
(VOY: "Life Line")


VOY Season 7

Antarian Trans-stellar Rally marker

Antarian Trans-stellar Rally marker
(VOY: "Drive")

  • No information yet.


Dinaali hospital ship

Dinaali hospital ship
(VOY: "Critical Care")


Hirogen training facility

Hirogen training facility
(VOY: "Flesh and Blood")


Subspace warhead

Subspace warhead
(VOY: "Human Error")


Friendship 1

Friendship 1
(VOY: "Friendship One")


SC-4

SC-4
(VOY: "Endgame")

  • See main article: SC-4


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