The Constitution Class refit USS Enterprise NCC-1701 as seen in STAR TREK: The Wrath of Khan
About this creation
- In May 2009 the Enterprise NCC-1701 was updated again. Improvements include:
- Nacelles brought closer to saucer section
- Glow in the dark deflector dish
In June 2008 the Enterprise NCC-1701 was updated. Improvements included:
- Glow in the dark engines
- More stable nacelle pylons – the previous ones used to move up and down
- Smooth saucer section
- Longer drive section
- Extended deflector dish – closer resemblance to the 'real one'
- Glow in the dark tips on nacelles
The Constitution-class starships, which were also known as Starship class starships, were the premier front-line Starfleet vessels in the latter half of the 23rd century. They were designed for long duration missions with minimal outside support and are best known for their celebrated missions of galactic exploration and diplomacy which typically lasted up to five years.
In the late 2260s to early 2270s, the Constitution-class starships underwent their final major refit program. The actual refitting took eighteen months of work and essentially a new vessel was built onto the bones of the old, replacing virtually every major system. Thus, the Constitution-class continued in service for a further twenty years. It was depicted in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and in its refitted form, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock.
Essential upgrades were made to the Constitution-class' warp systems; the old cylindrical nacelles were replaced with new angular ones, and also the warp nacelle struts were new, as they were connected to the engineering hull much closer to the neck than before. The engineering hull roughly retained its original shape – while the original hull was essentially a conical cylinder, the refit was much more rounded.
The deflector dish was upgraded, doing away with the "satellite" dish architecture. As for the interior of the hull, the most obvious upgrades were the enlargement of the shuttle deck and landing bay, as well as the addition of a horizontal matter-antimatter reaction assembly and a vertical intermix chamber.
New also was the installment of the double photon torpedo launcher with its rectangular housing in the neck of the vessel. Also, the phaser configuration was changed to channel energy though the warp core. Furthermore, the saucer section was considerably extended (almost 20 meters), while the rest of the surface remained about the same.
Major changes were made to the interior of the Constitution-class starships; many new systems were added and existing ones upgraded. Summarizing, only the internal structure of the saucer and very little of the engineering hull and neck may have survived the 2270s refit.
In a poll the constitution class refit USS Enterprise NCC-1701 was voted the most iconic sci-fi vessel of all time, in second place was the Millennium Falcon.
The Lego version of the Enterprise 1701 contains just over 100 bricks. The deflector dish is a sticker as there is only one Lego brick that closely resembles the dish:
But it is brown, not blue.