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Old February 1 2013, 04:07 AM   #23
Therin of Andor
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Re: Galileo Restoration Update - Jan 2012

Robert Comsol wrote: View Post
I was under the impression that the Enterprise had been in the National Air and Space Museum for several decades (untainted original except for the replacement parts), then got this "overhaul" and was then returned to the NASM. Who decided she needed this...overhaul?
I first saw the USS Enterprise filming model at the Smithsonian in January 1984:


USS Enterprise at Smithsonian by Therin of Andor, on Flickr

In January 1992, it had just been taken off display, in order to have essential renovation in time for the September 1992 25th Anniversary celebrations, so I missed seeing it. It was decreed that it was no longer structurally-sound enough to be safely hung from the roof.

Controversially, the "weathered" paint job has been criticized as not being "screen accurate", but it certainly photographs beautifully. Here it is in January 2013, in its perspex display case:


USS Enterprise at the Smithsonian by Therin of Andor, on Flickr
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