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Old August 4 2015, 10:58 PM   #1
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Article by Mike Okuda for Smithsonian about the Enterprise model

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Old August 4 2015, 11:18 PM   #2
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Re: Article by Mike Okuda for Smithsonian about the Enterprise model

So now we have some answers about the restoration plan:

Dr. Weitekamp explained that the Museum wants to tell two different stories with the model. They want to show the imaginary Starship Enterprise as it was on television, but they also want to showcase the model as it was used in the show’s groundbreaking visual effects. This means the Museum will preserve the undetailed port side of the model in its relatively bare state, since that’s the way it was during filming. But it also means they’ll painstakingly restore the paint on most of the model so it matches the original paint and finish on the saucer.
Although that word "original" is a bit ambiguous -- original as of 1966 or 1969, say?

Also, this answers a longstanding question:

Also next to the model was a large computer screen on which we could see numerous reference images. Those included some amazing high-resolution photos of the ship taken during the first season, courtesy of Greg Jein. We studied those closely and were rather surprised to find most of the “weathering” painted on the model during the controversial 1991 restoration was, in fact, quite accurate even though it had been applied too heavily.
I figured it was something like that. Anyway, it's surprising the original modelmakers put so much detail on the model that wouldn't show up on TV. Ohh, if only the original film elements of the matte shots had survived so that they could've been digitally restored and recomposited. Then we could see how much detail was really captured on film, before the generation loss of the bluescreen composites.
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Old August 5 2015, 01:16 AM   #3
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Re: Article by Mike Okuda for Smithsonian about the Enterprise model

Yeah, folks close to the '91 restoration were always pretty assertive about the weathering being derived from research and examination of the model...it's good to see that reaffirmed.
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Old August 23 2015, 08:50 PM   #4
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Re: Article by Mike Okuda for Smithsonian about the Enterprise model

So, yesterday I was at the Bay Area VES (Visual Effects Society) Summer BBQ at 32Ten Studios (the former location of ILM), which featured a panel about modelmakers dealing with the changes in that business due to digital (I sat right behind Lorne Peterson, squee!). Anyway, one of the panelists was John Goodson, who is a member of the advisory panel on the Enterprise restoration.


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I chatted with him a bit after the panel, and he related some interesting details about the model, talked about some behind the scenes photos they'd gotten their hands on of the model on stage with some parts detached, etc., and talked about how concerned the Smithsonian is about getting the color and details right. He noted that the Smithsonian people had determined that the weathering on the top of the saucer was not sprayed on, but applied with a brush, and that they're carefully studying photographs to try to determine when various details were added (noting, for instance, that one pencil line on the saucer top is much heavier than the others, and photo study shows it wasn't that way back in the day). He related how he really advocated for leaving the unfinished side of the model unfinished because that's "part of the story" of the model and how it was used.

Anyway, it was a nice confirmation that they're trying really hard to do this right.

P.S. John is also advising on the planned restoration of the recently located Aries 1B moonship model from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and he chatted a bit about that model as well.
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Old August 23 2015, 10:47 PM   #5
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I chatted with him a bit after the panel, and he related some interesting details about the model, talked about some behind the scenes photos they'd gotten their hands on of the model on stage with some parts detached, etc.,
The BTS pics would be great to see.

P.S. John is also advising on the planned restoration of the recently located Aries 1B moonship model from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and he chatted a bit about that model as well.
Incredible. Where was it all this time?
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P.S. John is also advising on the planned restoration of the recently located Aries 1B moonship model from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and he chatted a bit about that model as well.
Incredible. Where was it all this time?
In a potting shed!

"Aries 1B studio model found intact" on The RPF (LINK)
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