Stop what you’re doing, and check out the most meticulous re-creation of the original Enterprise you’ll ever see. It’s not just spot on because Star Trek fan James Cawley has an eye for detail. It’s because he made it based on the original set design from Paramount, courtesy of Trek’s costume designer William Theiss. We have pictures, below.
Yahoo recently featured Cawley in its #Obsessed video series about superfans, where you can see his re-creation—but not for the first time. Many of us have seen this interior of the NCC-1701 in the Star Trek fan film series, New Voyages. You’ll have even seen Cawley, who played Kirk eight of the ten episodes. (He was also the series’ creator, producer, costume designer, art department, casting director, and editor.)
You know who else has seen this set? Nichelle Nichols. Although she never appeared in New Voyages as George Takei and Walter Koenig had, Cawley said when Nichols visited, she sat down at her station, and said, “I’m home.”
Production of the film series has halted during the Axanar lawsuit. But Cawley’s set has become officially licensed as a set tour, which you can visit yourself. You just need to beam yourself to Ticonderoga, New York.