The Enterprise separated into its component parts

Smithsonian: The Enterprise model has been carefully separated into its individual components—saucer section; secondary hull; port and starboard nacelles and pylons; deflector dish array; hangar bay doors; and the bridge. Each section is being meticulously studied to determine its construction and condition and will be documented with visible, ultraviolet, and infrared photography.

For areas repainted during previous restorations, a new base layer will be applied on top that exactly matches the original hull grey. “We don’t have to speculate about the original grey color,” says conservator Ariel O’Connor. “Our examinations have revealed a large section of original, first pilot-episode grey hidden and protected under the saucer bolt cover.”

(Includes some pictures from The Washington Post.)

TrekCore: We’ve just gotten back from our catch-up session with the Enterprise model conservation team at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum facility in Virginia! Here’s a discussion with conservator Malcolm Collum about a NEW deflector dish for the Enterprise!

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(via MeFi)

Update: Popular Mechanics has a few more pictures…

The article is one of the more interesting ones too:

[Smithsonian conservator Ariel] O’Connor knows her Star Trek well. She grew up on The Next Generation before finally delving into the original series at the dawn of this project one year ago. Now she seems to know it even better than the back of her hand.

There were two models of the ship built around 1964 as Gene Roddenberry began work on the first abortive pilot, “The Cage.” There was a three-foot mock-up to finalize the design, then there was this 11-foot version, the one that appears in every episode of Star Trek from 1966 to 1969.

The three-foot version is lost to the sands of time, missing for decades. “It was on Gene Roddenberry’s desk for a while, and the story was that he lent it to someone and he didn’t know who or where it went,” she says.

There are others, of course. The movie props, and the models from The Next Generation and the show named after the ship, Enterprise. Those are all in the hands of private collectors. One advisory panel member Adam Schneider, for instance, has the Enterprise-E seen in First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis. And Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has the NCC-1701-D used in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I also love that O’Connor calls the weathering details on the model “space algae”.

Popular Mechanics: Up Close and Personal With the Restoration of Star Trek’s Original Enterprise

Craft and creativity

The original USS Enterprise returns to spacedock for detailed restoration work

“The Enterprise was designed to look unbound by gravity, ready to explore strange new worlds at faster-than-light speeds week after week. Five decades later, the pull of our home world has taken its toll on the model, particularly the secondary hull and nacelles.”


3 thoughts on “The original USS Enterprise returns to spacedock for detailed restoration work

  1. Pingback: Il restauro della USS Enterprise #LegaNerd

  2. BRIAN LYDFORD says:

    The weathering is over done. When the orginal model was delivered it had subtle panel lines.
    I Just bought a 6ft kit of this ship and will only be pre shading with dark grey, careful pencil streaks, no green..sorry.
    To me it looks like its been at the bottom of a pond for a few weeks.
    lighting looks fantastic though.

    • The photographs on this post are from the previous ‘restoration’ that definitely had exaggerated weathering. If you check this blog (or other sources) for the finished recent restoration, it looks a lot nicer. And probably the closest we will ever get to the original.

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