I've been thinking, did anyone ever consider actually re-shooting the FX-elements with full-size replicas of the original filming models, using the original film stock etc., only to composit it with modern software? I would LOVE to see the results of such an endeavour. I bet it would look stunning."
First, they would need a time machine to reshoot the original, untainted 11' model seen here http://www.cloudster.com/Sets&Vehicl...rise/ent01.jpg
which has been turned into that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:En...mithsonian.JPG
I wouldn't mind another TOS-R version but it would have to include a faithful CGI reproduction of the Enterprise
in its original glory (unless a fan made physical model would be suitable for such shots...)
is responsible for adding welding seam lines and weathering on the model? Our airplanes and even ships don't have such archaic welding lines and you could assume that by the 23rd Century you'd have welding techniques leaving no traces whatsoever.
Add to this that the Enterprise's
creator Matt Jefferies deliberately
designed the ship to keep whatever protruding elements to the absolute minimum - but somebody felt it necessary to inflict the worst retcon surgery you can think of to the most cherished, international icon of science fiction.
And what's the story of Klingon Battlecruisers painted like a Romulan Bird of Prey?
The producers and production designer came up with a simple, canonical solution, i.e. the crest of the Romulan Star Empire looks similar to the one of the Klingon Empire, so the model didn't really need to be changed http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/3x...denthd0723.jpg