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Two views during filming of the episode "Space Seed." The Enterprise and Khan's ship are being filmed in front of a blue screen so that the stars can be matted in later. (Photos from the collection of Joe Orman)
Disclaimer: These images are faded and scratched because they are scanned from original 35mm film that came from the cutting room floor 40 years ago! To my knowledge, these images are not copyrighted.
After being donated to the Smithsonian in 1974, the Enterprise model underwent extensive restoration. Here it is shown being moved into position for public display. The initial restoration was not completely accurate -- note the bright orange nacelle domes, which would later be replaced with a more authentic material. (Photos by Mike Orman)
The Enterprise model on permanent display in the museum gift shop (downstairs in the toy area). Note the lack of detail on the port side; the model was always filmed from the starboard side. (Photos by Joe Orman)
THE U.S.S. ENTERPRISEGift of Paramount Pictures
THE FACTUAL ENTERPRISE
This model of the starship Enterprise was used in the filming of the Star Trek TV show, which ran from 1966 to 1969. It is mostly made of poplar wood and vacu-formed plastic. Sheet metal tubes were used for the two engine housings or nacelles.
The Enterprise was based on the ideas of Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry and made from a design by Walter M. Jeffries. A tiny balsa and cardboard version was built first. Then Richard C. Datin Jr. built a 1-meter (3-foot) wooden model, which was scaled up to create the final version.
Paramount Pictures donated the Enterprise model to the Smithsonian in 1974.
MODEL SPECIFICATIONSLength, overall: 3.3m (11 ft.)
Diameter, saucer: 152 cm (60 in.)
Length, engine pods: 185 cm (72.25 in.)
Length, secondary hull: 135 cm (53.5 in.)
Height: 80 cm (32 in.)
Weight: 90 kg (200 lb.)