In the Star Trek: TOS episode "Requiem for Methuselah", the title character shrinks the Enterprise. You can see Kirk inspecting this miniature Enterprise on a table:

mini Enterprise

Was this particular prop ever used to portray the Enterprise in space (e.g. opening credits, orbiting a planet, or in battle)?

Related, but does not answer the question: At how many different scales were starship Enterprise models produced?


I can't find any information on the specific prop (source: These Are The Voyages: Vol 3 by Marc Cushman) but my understanding is that the shots of the Enterprise used in the opening credits, orbiting planets etc were done using a much larger model.

The prop in question appears too small for close up work on film and was likely made for the episode or pre-production reference purposes.

I did find a reference to a smaller pre-production model in These Are The Voyages: Vol 1 by Marc Cushman) with the caption

Roddenberry inspects a model of the U.S.S. Enterprise while on location at Desilu 40 Acres, before approving the making of the 11 foot 2 inch version.

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11ft long model

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  • Thank you for your answer. Your picture of the smaller model does a better job than mine at showing the scale of the model. Would you say that this is the 3 foot model? – DrSheldon May 1 at 5:59
  • There does not seem to have been another model so it seems likely that the 3ft one was used in the episode. – Paulie_D May 1 at 7:19

I asked for information on this subject at the Trek BBS site:


This is supposed to be a list of all shots of the Enterprise, specifying which of the models were used:


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    Thank you for finding this. Do you think you can bring it all together to answer the question? That would be more helpful than an answer that is mostly links. – DrSheldon May 1 at 5:53

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