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Old April 18 2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

Could somebody PLEASE tell me what the official length of TOS ENTERPRISE IS! I've heard & read everything I could and I get differant answers! some say 847 feet to 947 feet to even 1000 feet!?? So does anybody know for sure!?
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Old April 18 2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

Many fans have rationalized other lengths for the ship, the most popular of which seems to be 1080 feet, but the as-official-as-it-can-be-for-not-having-been-mentioned-in-an-episode length of the ship is 947 feet, about 288.6 meters.
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Old April 18 2009, 11:57 PM   #3
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

We have had several threads on this topic. If the search engine is working, you should be able to find them.
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Old April 19 2009, 02:24 AM   #4
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

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Could somebody PLEASE tell me what the official length of TOS ENTERPRISE IS! I've heard & read everything I could and I get differant answers! some say 847 feet to 947 feet to even 1000 feet!?? So does anybody know for sure!?
I don't know why there'd be different opinions. Every reference I've ever seen, from The Making of Star Trek on, has said that the original ship was 947 feet long. The figure of 1000 feet (304.8 meters) is for the TMP refit Enterprise, according to the official blueprints.
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Old April 19 2009, 08:36 AM   #5
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

There are different opinions because of some difficulty fitting certain things in, but certainly the "official" length given in the Encyclopedia and so forth for the TOS Enterprise is 947 feet. Fans like to question and reinterpret stuff, but we can feel confident that's the number that would have made it to the screen if its length had ever been quoted directly.

Of course, now it's been redesigned, so the new length figure will be much cooler. Like a hot rod. And the old length figure will continue to exist due to quantum mechanics.
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Old April 19 2009, 08:59 AM   #6
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

Does the new length figure have vectoring numerals?
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Old April 19 2009, 03:28 PM   #7
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

Considering the cavalier way the new folks seem to be (mis)handling this rethink of TREK, vectoring explanations and number systems are probably not far off.

Do ye not know the story of the Disney inch as opposed to a real inch? Back around SNOW WHITE or so, somebody measured off an inch badly and that became the measuring standard there for decades, even though if you extended it out over a meter, it would probably only add up to a yard.

The 1000' ft for TMP is kinda arbitrary, since it is based mostly on the size of the miniature being 8 ft and the notion that they worked at 1" = 10 feet scale, so 100" equals 1000 ft. But i think if you measure the rec dec windows and such, you'd probably see a bit o' discrepancy there too.
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Old April 19 2009, 03:49 PM   #8
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

Indeed, when I spoke with Shane Johnson, he recalled that he computed the length of the TMP ship to be 990.7 feet. I don't recall how he arrived at that figure.
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Old April 19 2009, 05:14 PM   #9
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

Well, actually there was a definite scale for the Phase II Enterprise, and the TMP Enterprise is a modification of that design (rather than the TOS Enterprise design). So based on Jefferies' scale the TMP Enterprise is about 986 feet long by my calculations (assuming that the Kimble drawings are accurate to the model).


Because the models components can be assembled in ways that look the same as the plans but have a different final length, the final model might be slightly longer than the plans. Plus it would be better if I had full length versions of Probert's plans to work with and accurate measurements of the model. As it is, I have good info only on Probert's primary hull and secondary hull, and almost no information on the actual TMP model.

But it does show that it wasn't scaled in a haphazard way while being designed.
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Old April 19 2009, 06:12 PM   #10
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Well, actually there was a definite scale for the Phase II Enterprise, and the TMP Enterprise is a modification of that design (rather than the TOS Enterprise design). So based on Jefferies' scale the TMP Enterprise is about 986 feet long by my calculations (assuming that the Kimble drawings are accurate to the model).


Because the models components can be assembled in ways that look the same as the plans but have a different final length, the final model might be slightly longer than the plans. Plus it would be better if I had full length versions of Probert's plans to work with and accurate measurements of the model. As it is, I have good info only on Probert's primary hull and secondary hull, and almost no information on the actual TMP model.

But it does show that it wasn't scaled in a haphazard way while being designed.
Our info is pretty much complementary, which may show why our results are so different.

Nobody is quite sure about the p2 ent model size, though it seems it was probably about 5.5 ft long based on pics. Somebody can do math and figure out if there was a legit scale relationship for that size and the figure you have for the Jeffries design, I guess.


But Abel's people, taylor in particular, wanted the scale I mentioned, so that led to the somewhat arbitrary 1000ft based on the actual miniature.
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Old April 19 2009, 08:19 PM   #11
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Nobody is quite sure about the p2 ent model size, though it seems it was probably about 5.5 ft long based on pics. Somebody can do math and figure out if there was a legit scale relationship for that size and the figure you have for the Jeffries design, I guess.
Well, the large scale Jefferies' Phase II plans were designed to be built at a one-to-one scale with the drawings. If the maximum length of the page of the un-restored scans is 36 inches, then the Phase II Enterprise would have been (if built as planned) about 5 feet 4 inches (best estimate is actually about 5 feet 3.75 inches) in length (for a ship that was to be about 952 feet long).

How long was the finished model? We don't know as it wasn't finished. But when assembled (using two port warp nacelles) and hardly holding itself up under it's own weight, someone might have measured it. I doubt the later form it took would help as they replaced the nacelle supports and that would have effected the overall length somewhat.

Still, it isn't like there isn't information that can be gleaned from this stuff if one really wants to find it out. It would be nice if the edges of the scan of the original plans weren't so irregular, which was one of the things I was going to work out before returning to doing plans of the Phase II Enterprise as I wanted to make sure that they would be to scale with building a replica of how the model would have been built (rather than to scale with the fictional ship it was to play on film). After all, in the end I'm more interested in documenting the real models than representing the fictional starships (which others often do much better anyways).

How does any of that relate to how the producers decided what they wanted? I'm not much of a Trek movies aficionado so I really don't know.
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Old April 19 2009, 09:04 PM   #12
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

I can start another round of controversy by asking how long the JJ Abrams Enterprise list?
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Old April 20 2009, 12:47 AM   #13
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Re: What is the ''OFFICIAL'' length of the 1701?

I ask this question because of the scale issue with the 1/1000 R2 NX-O1 & 1701. There is only a two inch differance in legnth (nx-9 inch, 1701 11 inch) and I wanted to know if that was acurate or not?
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Old April 20 2009, 04:28 AM   #14
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I can start another round of controversy by asking how long the JJ Abrams Enterprise list?
It is already underway in another thread, since we decided the length probably vectors, right along with the sillyass nacellecaps and the nipplesucking deflector dish.

For all we know, the bridge lifts up out of the dish like VINCENT's head in THE BLACK HOLE, so they can get elevated views of the front of the saucer (to see if there is an enemy ship beneath and before them.)
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Old April 20 2009, 04:52 AM   #15
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I can start another round of controversy by asking how long the JJ Abrams Enterprise list?
As long as it needs to be.
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