Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
I didn't know there was ever a Connie in the ready room...I always thought it was NCC-7100 from the get go.
It was NCC-7100 from the get go. It was pulled temporarily and substituted with the Constitution model. It was gone in Hide and Q also, I think. The original was returned once the design team no longer needed it.
Here's a screenshot:
I sure would have loved to see the Refit model on TNG just once. It's never appeared outside the movies, except for the destroyed model used as debris in BOBW, etc.