Image of the Day: Meet the men who built Star Trek’s original Enterprise

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Jan 13, 2016, 3:43 PM EST

Sure, it’s typically constructed in full-on CGI these days, but once upon a time the Star Trek Enterprise was built with nothing but tender love and care. Want to meet the gentlemen who made the first one?

A vintage image showing the designers of the first Enterprise model has surfaced, featuring Richard C. Datin Jr., Mel Keys and Vernon Sion. The other designer, Volmer Jensen, is not pictured. The image dates back to December 1964, and the man-sized ship looks positively stunning. 

Here’s Trek Movie’s breakdown of the model’s history:

Since it’s television debut in 1966, the 11-foot model has been “treated” three times – in 1974, 1984, and 1992. The current restoration comes more than 20 years after the last major effort in 1992 overseen by Science Fiction Modelmaking Associates, who also brought you many of our beloved TNG props and models. The 1992 job caused some controversy in the fan community over the paint that was applied. Mike and Denise Okuda, who have been responsible for so much of the look and feel of Star Trek over the years, are consulting on the new restoration project.

What do you prefer, the updated look or the original model?

(Via Trek Movie)