Watch the Smithsonian Restore the Original Star Trek Enterprise Model to Its Former Glory

Monday, 01 August 2016 - 4:41PM
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Monday, 01 August 2016 - 4:41PM
Watch the Smithsonian Restore the Original Star Trek Enterprise Model to Its Former Glory
This year is Star Trek's 50th anniversary, and Trekkies are getting plenty of celebrations. In addition to the panel at San Diego Comic Con, the new movie, the announcement of Star Trek 4, and the imminent TV show on CBS, Star Trek: Discovery, we're also getting the Enterprise back. To commemorate the occasion, the Smithsonian is restoring the original Enterprise model to its former screen-accurate glory:



The model seen in the video was used as the Enterprise in the original Star Trek series, and was donated to the Smithsonian in 1974. But over the decades, the museum made alterations to the model, including the addition of more lights. So now, for the anniversary, the Smithsonian is restoring the studio model to its screen-accurate version, specifically to its appearance during the 1967 episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles," which marked the last known modification to the ship during the show's production. The long, painstaking process involved a construction analysis, stripping the old paint job for a new one, and a recreation of the original engine lights. But after two years, the model is back to its original form (or as close as possible, anyway), just in time for the franchise's birthday.

Via io9

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