The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum has posted 76 photos of its NCC-1701 Enterprise 3.4 meter studio model.
This model of the fictional starship Enterprise was used in the weekly hour-long Star Trek TV show (NBC-TV), which aired from September 1966 until June 1969.
The model’s principal designer, Walter “Matt” Jefferies, created several different ideas for the Enterprise’s design to fit the requirements provided by Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry. To support the final design suggestion, Jefferies also created a rough 4-inch balsa and cardboard prototype. A 33-inch “pilot” model mostly of solid wood was then built by model-maker Richard C. Datin under subcontract to the Howard Anderson Company. Enlarging the plans for that model resulted in the final 11-foot model shown here.