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The Enterprise

Enterprise Models

Two models (2 and 6.6 feet long) were built for the The Next Generation pilot episode by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) under supervision of Ease Owyeung. These models were used throughout the first two seasons of the show. Greg Jein then built a 4-foot model for season 3 with a more detailed outer hull design. This more detailed model made its first appearance in “The Defector” (The Next Generation) and has since been used until the end of the show. The 6.6-foot model was used on occasion to shoot saucer separation sequences. Its last appearance was in “Star Trek: Generations” after a refit by ILM.

This very model had been auctioned off to a bidder during Christie’s auction 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection in New York on October 7, 2006 for the amount of USD 576,000. The saucer separation itself has not been a new concept, however, the reintegration of both parts of the ship was. Originally, the story for the first Star Trek™ movie, The Motion Picture, included an evacuation of the ship by blasting off the saucer section. However, due to budget restraints and other reasons, this scene never happened.

John Knoll from ILM developed a computer model of the Enterprise-D for “Star Trek Generations”. This was converted to LightWave format and used for different ships in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and the Voyager episode “Timeless”(VOY). Gabriel Köerner from Eden FX built a new 3D version of the ship for “These Are the Voyages…”(ENT), the last episode of “Star Trek: Enterprise”.
Enterprise Models
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