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Old 11-02-2012, 06:11 PM
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The museum guys told me it's still the original paint, so what was changed?
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:18 AM
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Guy doesn't know what he's talking about...the model has been refurbished at least twice since the Smithsonian's had it...

Will find some pics and post them...
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:55 AM
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Did it also have a greenish touch back then? XD
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:24 AM
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This is what the secondary hull and nacelles looked like in the crate when it arrived at the Smithsonian from Paramount:



When assembled, she looked like this. The Bussard domes and sensor dish were missing, so they fabricated new ones.



They sealed up the opening in the port side of the secondary hull where the wires used to enter, touched it up a bit, and put in some new lights, then she was strung up outside the Life In The Universe exhibit...



The first refurbishment was pretty minimal. What you see on display now in the Enterprise's permanent location in the gift shop is the result of the second refurbishment the model has gotten since the one pictured above.

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:19 AM
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A lyric comes to mind:

"She's right here, behind the glass.
You're gonna like her, 'cause she's got class!"

--"She's a Beauty", The Tubes
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:37 AM
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They told me even the lights and wiring are from the 60s! XD
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:58 PM
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Wow...while it's not impossible, especially inside the primary hull, I doubt all of it is original wiring.

If you spend some time on Google and ask the right questions, you can find some interesting sites that detail the original rebuilding and two subsequent refurbishments the model has undergone since coming to DC.

How old was this person dispensing this great knowledge?
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:33 PM
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They were in their 30s or 40s, I guess...
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:25 PM
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Probably in diapers when the Big E was brought to her permanent home...

I couldn't wait to go to the Air & Space Museum the first time I went, my first order of business was finding the Enterprise...I have shots of it on Super 8 film, I wonder if I can get a decent video of it...
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