66 USS Enterprise, the most ambitious studio-scale build of its time! Created by Professional Hollywood model maker Jim Key of Custom Replicas, this custom built model of the original Starship Enterprise. From Star Trek, was constructed in exacting detail.With Gary Kerr and Charles Adams on the team as the design consultants, verifying every actual dimension, which they recorded from the original 11-foot filming miniature during the original Smithsonian model's restoration. Recreated with every detail possible with modern electronics. Number #3 of only seven builds constructed by Custom Replicas. With working warp engines and running lights. Hand laid water-slide decals lacquered over to seal the decals. Ac/DC power supply which allows the miniature to run coolly for several hours.
New high end quiet Swiss Motors for the nacelle effects. Jim Key's team was privy to several never-before-published Paramount archive beauty shots of key areas that were meticulously matched. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own this iconic Starship. This will be the centerpiece of any Science Fiction Collection!66 USS Enterprise, the most ambitious studio-scale build of its time. Not a copy, not a knock-off, this is the original Professional Hollywood model maker Jim Key's custom model of the original Starship Enterprise created in exacting detail from the classic Star Trek series.
One of only seven builds done by Custom Replicas, this was model number #3. Yes, we say that more than once to demonstrate it's value. Don't think it's worth this? Go commission a build, if you can find a builder to do it. It was delivered on April 12, 2009.
It has been displayed in a climate controlled room as part of a unique collection. The model comes with a Certificate of Authentication, display stand and custom carrier with packing instructions for transport. All pictures of my model were created by Jim Key using my film clips from Star Trek.
BACKGROUND The original studio models of the Enterprise were designed by Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies and constructed by Richard Datin and crew in the mid 1960s.
Jefferies by telephone a couple of years ago and he generously shared some personal insight on the design of this famous starship. The original blueprints as drafted by Mr. Jefferies were scaled to build a roughly 3-foot miniature. This was constructed by Mr. Datin as a "proof of concept" model in wood and approved by Gene Roddenberry.It does not appear that this smaller model was intended to be used for filming, but it was used extensively for publicity photos and later did end up being featured in several episodes. After the three-foot model was built, Jefferies' brother scaled up the plans by hand to the size of the 11-foot miniature -- also known as the 4-times model. These were traditional diazo bluelines which were printed full size, but, unfortunately, Mr.
Jefferies no longer has copies of these plans. Construction of the model was supervised by Datin.
When completed, there were no lights and very little surface detail. Roddenberry expressed concern that the model was "too clean" and asked for additional details to be added. Among these was the infamous "deflector grid" that Jefferies came up with which was drawn in pencil on the primary hull. It was drawn on only to satisfy Roddenberry and was done very lightly so it wouldn't be visible on film!
The original engine domes were solid wood and painted with what Jefferies refers to as "Pelican inks" applied by hand with an airbrush. The look was not that of a solid color but rather a "swirled" pattern the color was basically crimson but appeared various shades of red to reddish brown on film. They also had turned gold-colored spires attached which mimicked the look of the antenna dish. Many other details on this model were added later or updated, including the addition of running lights and the unique engine lighting effects, along with additional weathering.
These numerous changes have made it particularly challenging to document the exact details present on the original miniature. To this day, it can be argued that no one has ever quite got it right. For over thirty years the original Enterprise has been one of the most modeled spaceships -- real or imaginary. In 2001, Custom Replicas talented Hollywood artisans have set out to create what may be the most accurate replica of the original shooting miniature ever built.
You may be familiar with the 5 1/2-foot replica of the "E" created by Greg Jein and crew for the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" some years back. To my knowledge, no one else has ever attempted a replica in this same scale -- until now. Enter the folks at Custom Replicas in Hollywood, California. Professional model maker and project leader Jim Key started with detailed photos and measurements of the original 11-foot studio model as built by Richard Datin and crew back in 1964.
To these were added never-before-published vintage photos from the studio archives along with accurate blueprints measured off the actual shooting miniature. Altogether, sufficient references were in hand to assure that this replica would be the most accurate ever attempted. This recreation has all the best electronics added for the nacelle fans/lights, strobes, misc. Window lighting, and of course the running lights.The model was recently upgraded with new hi-tech quiet operation Swiss motors that will last a lifetime. With research done by Charles Adams. And the actual restoration team (1991) effort by Ed Miarecki and Gary Kerr. Gary Kerr has acted as the design consultant, verifying every actual dimension, which they recorded off the original 11-foot miniature during the restoration. CAD printouts of everything on the original model -- all views!
It doesn't get any better than that. Jim Key's team was privy to several never-before-published Paramount archive beauty shots of key areas that Gary and we have meticulously matched.
The master patterns are a combination of Jelutong and renshape [a wood substitute], over which were made vacuum-formed. The detail parts are either styrene or renshape. Some of the parts such as the nacelle endcaps and bridge/"B-C deck" assembly will be either 4-axis [CNC] milled, or CAD-grown in wax to make sure they are perfectly symmetrical and accurate to the original design. The model parts were constructed in long-lasting fiberglass. Everything is matched exactly with the following exceptions.
All lines were made straight as they were originally intended -- even if those lines had became warped on the original miniature over time. Modern electronics will replace original 60's technology for the lighting effects. Areas that were hidden from the camera will be fully detailed out i. On the backside of the nacelle end caps, the rubber wrap will be replaced with milled detailing.
The decals will probably be a modern version of the original lacquer based ones. All original material screens were precisely reproduced via etched brass. When you walk around the model, it as if you were being given a behind the scenes tour of the set up for TV filming.It matches 1:1 -- right down to the paint color used on the original. This completed model has an internal armature for structural strength. It is a laser cut acrylic armature that joins the secondary hull halves and interconnects as vanes inside the primary saucer. The deflector dish was precisely created as the team received evidence that proved that the outer two rings were engraved and not raised like the inner ring. (This information came from Richard Datin -- the man who actually built the original model).
The model was sprayed on with a paint gun, airbrushing with hand laid water-slide decals lacquered over to seal the decals. Although the team used the original Sears paint chip, they utilized comparisons from all the best beauty shots Custom Replicas was given, along with very good color guides as per notes taken about the untouched top side of the primary saucer, the dark green streaks and drawn-on grid lines.
The model is supported on an acrylic armature on an aluminum support, which has the power being fed up through itself to a 1/4 jack inside. The base is painted using the Star Trek Logo colors with 3D lettering adorning the base from the original television series with a custom airbrushed planet and stars.This model comes with the stand and the Burke table stand beneath it with the Starship Enterprise Plaque. The model originally cost over 15K! This is one of only 7 created by Custom Replicas and there will be NO more ever. You have the opportunity to own one of only 7 in the World! Don't pass this by!
You can view Custom Replicas work at custom replicas. Jim Key is available to contact with any technical questions about this model at customreplicas.
Potential buyers can contact me for two videos of the model in operation. The item "Star Trek Studio Scale 66 Starship USS Enterprise Model Prop" is in sale since Saturday, February 2, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Science Fiction & Horror\Star Trek\Original Series". The seller is "polevault17-9" and is located in Fairfield, California. This item can be shipped to United States.