I never expected that I would one day be able to see the Enterprise miniature from Star Trek up close. I first saw Star Trek back in 1976, when it aired on KTLA on weekends. I was instantly hooked.
But the rest of the world was like “Why?!! Really?!!” A schoolmate kept sneering at me and telling me that Little Rascals was so much better (they were airing at the time on KTLA, too. I never thought much of them).
Every time the subject came up, my guitar teacher would say that her son had worked on the set and informed me how fake the set had looked. Translation: The show is so fake. Why are you wasting time with it?
I doubt if she’d seen it at all.
In fact, in watching the cleaned up episodes, I’m amazed at how well it does look. Especially considering the budget limitations they had.
Today, I went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to check out the miniature, which went on display Tuesday. The model does not look fake or cheesy in person. It looks like it could be a real ship.
Well, if you look at only one side. The cameras only filmed one side of the ship; the other side doesn’t have any details, and wires are sticking out.
Pictures, pictures, pictures:
And while I was there, I had a space buddy watching my back.