If you are a big one Star Trek fan like me, you would never pass up a chance to see the original starship Company up close and personal. This week, Adam Savage of MythBusters fame visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to do just that. Watch the video of his visit below.
In the video, Savage talks to Dr. Margaret Weitekamp in the Smithsonian’s preservation lab. Weitekamp answers a bunch of questions from Savage about the model and makes some revelations that Trekkies may not have known before. One of the things I never realized was that the port side of the Company never been in front of the camera. All shots of the iconic starship were filmed from the starboard side of the craft.
Another interesting fact about the model is the fact that it is made of wood instead of plastic or metal. The Company looks pretty good considering how old it is. The paintwork has held up very well, although it looks weathered. But I learned from watching the video that it was originally painted that way, and under the UV lights from filming, the ship appears to be that classic one-tone gray.
However, some elements are missing from the model. You can see that the bridge module and deflector dish are not included, with holes only where they should be. In addition, the original red domes on the chain gondolas have been replaced with some brownish ones.
Savage wasn’t the only one who visited the Smithsonian. He brought along former NASA astronaut Candy Coleman to add some lifelike space experience to the video. It lasts just over half an hour, but the whole video is a must-watch for everyone Star Trek fan.