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U.S.S. Enterprise by chimera335 U.S.S. Enterprise by chimera335
The U.S.S. Enterprise 33" miniature in a publicity shot circulated during the show's run. Why clouds? Beyond me. I'm going to do a painted version as if it's a nebula, but I wanted to upload the original because of how beautiful the photo is. The strings are a bit obvious - in fact this is probably the only time the model was ever suspended on strings, contrary to popular belief - and you can see the 'nub' at the bottom of the secondary hull where it would normally be mounted for shooting.

Technically, I suppose this is the original, original Enterprise, since this one was built before the 11 foot miniature (if you can really call it that) was finished. There was supposedly a cheapo proof-of-concept model made before this one, but there are no photos of it that I've ever seen and I expect it was thrown away rather quickly since it was only a proof-of-concept model. This 33" model is in fact missing as of this day - apparently Gene Roddenberry let someone borrow it after the show ended and they never returned it.

Imagining finding THAT in your attic.
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qualiaastronomia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
COOL
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
An ageless beauty!
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chimera335 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think so too. There's an elegance in the simplicity of her lines. Matt Jefferies really knew what he was doing.
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