“Code Zero, Zero, Zero. Destruct Zero”
With these words, Admiral James T. Kirk committed murder in the eyes of many a Star Trek fan in 1984. Sixty seconds later, the U.S.S. Enterprise, commanded by Kirk for over 20 years at that time, was the second death that occurred at the Genesis planet.
The Enterprise is depicted approximately 65 seconds after Kirk gave the destruct order. Built (so to speak) in about 1990, my only reference was a copy of Star Trek III:The Search For Spock. As such, it was of poor quality, having been played considerably more than once. Looking back, it is nowhere near accurate as far as small details go, but I’ve gotten more emotional reactions from people about it than technical commentary, so it doesn’t bother me.
I attempted to re-create as much of the smaller damage inflicted by Khan (in the previous film) as possible. The secondary hull is burned on both sides.
The port side of the torpedo tube has a long burn along its length.
The top of the saucer shows severe phaser hits, along with a considerable breach. Other damage in keeping with the events in the film are the breach in the B/C deck and the explosion of the lower sensor array.
The main destruction of the saucer was created by literally cutting the front of the saucer off. I traced out a path of destruction with a 1/4″ drill bit, going right through the saucer from top to bottom. I then simply snipped the plastic between the drill holes to remove the unneeded section. Filler pieces were placed in the B/C deck and lower sensor array and the inside of the saucer was sprayed flat black.
The front opening was then puzzled together with a hundred or so bits of sheet styrene glued horizontally and vertically until the entire opening became a latticework of plastic, the impression being of inner decks and hallways now exposed to the vacuum of space. Other surface damage on the primary and secondary hulls was done with a chisel tipped soldering iron, then lightly sanded over.
Having originally been a standardly built Enterprise, the only painting involved the damaged areas. The damaged areas were sprayed flat black. One effect I am particularly proud of is the overspray on the ship’s name on top of the hull. It is dark enough to not be obvious from a distance, but light enough to notice up close.
One friend, upon seeing the final minutes of the Enterprise’s existence frozen in time, commented that he was somewhat indecisive about it. In one sense, he complimented my handiwork but, at the same time, he was emotionally distraught…”YOU DESTROYED THE ENTERPRISE!!! HOW COULD YOU?!?!”