Check out this picture of original U.S.S. Enterprise model with the three men who build it. This photo was taken in 1964, and it features Richard C. Datin Jr, Mel Keys, and Vernon Sion who are three of the four people who created this legend of a ship. The other member of their team was Volmer Jensen.
It is been restored many times over the years of it’s service and the most recent restoration was done by the Smithsonian. Check out some restoration pictures below.
Since it’s television debut in 1966, the 11-foot model has been “treated” three times – in 1974, 1984, and 1992. The current restoration comes more than 20 years after the last major effort in 1992 overseen by Science Fiction Modelmaking Associates, who also brought you many of our beloved TNG props and models. The 1992 job caused some controversy in the fan community over the paint that was applied. Mike and Denise Okuda, who have been responsible for so much of the look and feel of Star Trek over the years, are consulting on the new restoration project.