If you are older Star Trek Fans like me, you never miss a chance to see the original Starship enterprise Up close and personal. This week, Adam Savage’s Mythbusters Fame visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to do just that. Watch the video of his visit below.
In the video, Savage chats with Dr. Margaret Weitkamp at the Smithsonian’s Conservation Lab. Weitkamp answers a ton of Savage’s questions about the model and reveals something Trekkies didn’t know before. One of the things I didn’t realize was the port side enterprise Never faced the camera. All shots of the iconic starship were shot from the starboard side of the craft.
Another interesting fact about the model is that it is made of wood instead of plastic or metal. The enterprise Looks pretty nice, the paint job has held up really well for how old it is, though it does show the weather. But I learned from watching the video that it was originally painted that way, and under filming UV lights, the ship appears to be that classic monochromatic gray.
However, there are a few elements missing from the model. As you can see the bridge module and deflector dish are not included, just holes where they should be. Also, the warp nacelles’ original red domes have been replaced by some brown ones.
Savage was not alone in visiting the Smithsonian. He brought in former NASA astronaut Candy Coleman to bring some real-life space experience to the video. It takes a little over half an hour, but the entire video is a must watch for anyone Star Trek the fan