My Re-imagined USS Enterprise Part 1

My Re-imagined USS Enterprise

I am not a fan of the new Enterprise design seen in the new film franchise called by some the JJprise and others just say fugly, other people do like it and that´s cool,. But I started to wonder how I would build it if I had a chance to make/design

As a fan of the original design, I would try to stay within that look as much as possible, and keep to Roddenberry, Jefferies, Justman and all the original creators of this show intact.

Apart from the new Enterprise design I dislike the direction the Abrams has taken Star Trek, it appeared more Star Wars and I am saying nothing new there as it been said before by other fans of the TOS -TNG era Star Trek.

The casting I have to say was very good apart from Simon Pegg as Mr Scott, that came across only as comic relief, as much as I admire Simon Pegg in other films he is just not Scotty, but I could get over that

2009 Enterprise by Tobias Richter

but the new Enterprise just a clash of a design idea in my eye, the primary Hull is the only area I like. I hate the secondary hull and I deplore the warp engine designs.

The one above was made by Tobias Richter & is a fan design. Tobias is a modeller and artist, I have long admired.

But for me the design is not that interesting, I think the warp engine are too close to each other.

Even I think this design lack the elegance of the original, I have seen other fan designs that look far better than what has been used.

Madkoifish CONNIE
Reimagined CONNIE designed by Madkoifish

Like this one by Madkoifish which is available in Lightwave and a few other formats on Foundation3d, only thing missing from it for me is windows around the saucer edge. but I think this one is a far better design for the Enterprise which is a nice blend of the Original Constitution Class Enterprise and its Refit seen in the Movies since the late 1970s.

So I have worked on my redesign for the Enterprise and at the moment I am working out deck layout and what I would like to see but closer to the TOS design than the Refit.

Primary Hull
Bridge – Captain Lounge and Cabin – Crew Lounge

This is my idea so far, I wanted to have a cross between the TOS and TMP.

I have also changed the scale of the Enterprise from 947 ft to 1060 ft which I think works better for the design. To have the Elevator within the Bridge shell (so not to have the bridge rotated 36º to the left) on the TOS design the Ship would have to be scaled up to almost the twice the size and I was not willing to do that.

So I have arranged it to be like this, (this could be a temp layout)

Also I have in the top view port the Captains Cabin in the teardrop shape, I think it was arranged like that in “The Cage” for Captain Pike.

I have also giving windows there going back to the Tall Sail Ships of the 1700 and 1800

Lady Washington used as the Enterprise in Star Trek Generations

There is something about these ships that just inspire (all I ask is a tall ship)


I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

By John Masefield (1878-1967).
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)

This is something I always thought the Captain should have in Star Trek but never seen until TNG in Picard’s ready room.

And below that on deck 5 is the crew lounge as originally inspired by Star Trek TMP designer Andrew Probert

Andrew Probert

I always like this idea, so I am going in that direction.

For me most of the remaining porthole are for crew assembly areas, off duty areas like this lounge or for just watching the stars passing while on downtime.


William Shatner always brought a sense of wonder to his performance of Kirk and I think Chris Pine has taken the part and made it his own which is a good thing.

I will finish this by saying Star Trek (for me) should be a TV show and not a film franchise only, while they have more money for it. This I think limits the storytelling and tend only to have story aimed at action (I like action too) but that never been the main component of a good Star Trek story. some of their best episodes a Phaser is not fired or a punch throw, and is not really keeping with Roddenberry´s vision for the show.

The new Trek is not my Trek

6 thoughts on “My Re-imagined USS Enterprise Part 1”

  1. I actually like the new guys playing the classic characters in Star Trek. I like Simon Pegg. He’s funny and he did get into full Scotty mode at the film’s climactic battle and escape from the singularity. Chris Pine, though, was the surprise for me. I’d seen most everybody else before (except Anton Yelchin, because I sat Terminator: Salvation after Star Trek) but I’d never seen Chris before. Now I’ve seen him in a few things and I’m becoming a fan. As Kirk, I think he portrayed both the not-so-serious/womanizing side and the commanding side very well. He’s a better actor than William Shatner and (according to my mom) better looking than William Shatner. 😉

    The “Enterprise.” Ugh. It’s fugly. I can’t stand it. I agree with your assessment as to its good and bad points. As for building it, I know there’s someone at SFM who is (or was) working on one and he and Tobias mentioned something about spline cages for the secondary hull. I’m not sure what those are because I have yet to use them, bu that’s what they said. Dan’s model is definitely much better, I’ve always liked his design style. I also like Gabe Koerner’s model.

    Nice start on the modifications. I’ve done this sort of thing before, but I’ve been more in the mood to to “canon” (or at least canonish) work of late. I look forward to seeing how yours progresses. I like the crew lounge windows, they fit nicely there. 🙂


    1. I like most of them… Save Simon Pegg as much as I like the actor. he just falls short of Scotty, at least for me, but I could get over that…. the recasting is ok by me.

      My biggest dislike is how Kirk become Captain from Cadet,

      But I don´t want to bash the series, other than to say it not for me.
      but this guy covers all my problems with it.

      I have not seen Dan model, I tend to ignore the model really.. (I am bad)

      Thanks on the comment about the windows ….. I am jumping back and forward working on the look of them.. again I always like the tall ship thing with the windows at the back for the cabin …..

      I not used spline cages at all never had the need.


      1. Dan is Madkoifish. That’s whose model I was saying I like. I know you’ve seen it, you have a picture of it in this post. 😉

        Yes, the cadet to captain thing is really dumb. It makes no sense. Plus, he’s 25. He was 32 or 33 originally when he became captain.


        1. Oh I don´t remember his name (real) I thought your where talking about another version of the 2009 Enterprise I did not know about,. 🙂

          I think the 32 age group is far better and more experience in the Classic series.


          1. Yeah, sorry about that. I guess I shouldn’t have used his real name. 😉

            Trust me, I won’t compliment that ship (we won’t even call it by it supposed name. ;)) I think Tobias’ model is the best one I’ve ever seen and I still don’t like the ship. It’s excellently modeled, but the design is crap. I much prefer some of the fan designs, like Madkoifish’s and Gabe’s

            Personally, I would like to see that crappy ship be destroyed and replaced at the beginning of the next movie. Preferably, with the actual TOS design. Or, if they want to make some modern “improvements,” they could go the way Deg did and do the ship as it appeared on the show but with some “logical” improvements, like RCS thrusters, shield grid lines and visible weapons. I like his TOS 1.5 ship a lot. 🙂 But, I’m sure they’re going to keep the fugly design for the foreseeable future.


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