Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Men Who Built The USS Enterprise

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From left: Vern Sion, Mel Keys and Volmer Jensen.

(excerpted from Hemmings Auto Blogs)

You’d have to be a real Trekker to know that the original Enterprise (”No bloody A, B, C, or D!”) model, the 11-footer used for shots in the original series, emerged from the Production Models Shop on Providencia Avenue in Burbank, California, on December 29, 1964. Based on a design by Matt Jefferies and an earlier three-foot proof-of-concept model by the Howard Anderson Company, the construction of the 225-pound model was contracted to Richard Datin, who subcontracted it to Volmer Jensen, Mel Keys and Vern Sion, mostly using wood, sheet metal rolled into tubes (the nacelles) and vacuum-formed plastic (the saucer).

(click here to read the rest of the article at Hemmings Auto Blogs)

(via This Isn't Happiness)

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