July 14 2024


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USS Enterprise Miniature Out For Refit

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Fans hoping to see the original USS Enterprise miniature seen in the original series will have to wait a while, as the ship has been taken away for “conservation work.”

The ship’s home since 2000 had been in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the museum gift shop.

But why conservation instead of restoration? “The Museum’s general approach emphasizes conservation over preservation and preservation over restoration,” explained those involved with the project at the Smithsonian. “Restoration is bringing an object back to its appearance and condition at a determined point in time in the past. With a restoration approach, there is less concern for preserving original materials and more focus on returning to the original specification, often through the addition of non-original materials. Preservation is an overall philosophy that favors keeping original material over creating an ideal physical appearance, while keeping the artifact from deteriorating any more. Conservation follows the preservation philosophy and is minimally invasive, utilizing scientific investigation and techniques to maintain original materials, preserving the object’s physical history of ownership and use.”

Expect to see the USS Enterprise again in time for the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek, and the fortieth anniversary of the Smithsonian Museum. It will be part of the Smithsonian‘s centerpiece “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.”

To read more on the Milestones of Flight Hall renovations, head to the link located here.

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14 thoughts on “USS Enterprise Miniature Out For Refit

  1. I visited the Smithsonian Air & Space museum a few years back and remember strolling around the galleries and finding the “USS Enterprise” suspended above the hallway. I was instantly transported from a 50-something into a blathering 10 year old.

  2. With 3D-printing technology now widely available, I wish someone would scan the model and make a restored copy – complete with the original series exterior finish, interior lighting, and rotating nacelle lights.

  3. Keep in mind that “remastered” TOS tries to erase this ship from the record completely.

  4. its been at the smithsonian since 1976 not 2000 as stated in the articlehttp://blog.nasm.si.edu/behind-the-scenes/moving-the-star-trek-starship-enterprise-studio-model/

  5. Isn’t that an exaggeration? You can just choose the original effects on any of the discs if you don’t want to see the remastered version of the Enterprise.

  6. The problem is the alternate timeline has displaced the prime timeline at the cinema. I’m not looking forward to the next installment of the USS Fuglyprise, written and directed by a 9/11 “truther”, featuring the triumvirate of an overgrown fratboy captain, a hen-pecked Vulcan and his whiny girlfriend.

  7. Read the article again. It says in the “museum gift shop” since 2000.

    The ship’s home since 2000 had been in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the museum gift shop.

  8. You can for now. But I can see a day when “remastered” TOS is all that the powers at CBS/Paramount want to make available. It’s already the version being offered as a syndication package and the version available for Netflix streaming.

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