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It's Been a Long Road by trekmodeler It's Been a Long Road by trekmodeler
The NX-Refit is completed.

Official Description from Ships of the Line Calendar 2011:
The original NX-class Enterprise design was a spectacular success by most measures. Henry Archer's revolutionary warp 5 engine proved its value as an enabler for deep space operations across a multisector range. Still, postmission analysis after the costly Xindi conflict of 2153 revealed the engine's original matter/antimatter reactor core to be underpowered in combat situations. Starfleet quickly determined that retrofitting the core would be necessary, given the ship's ongoing role in Earth's exploration of deep space and its value in planetary defense. This proved problematic in that installing a larger core in the ship's primary hull would have entailed rebuilding most of the saucer section. Fortunately, Starfleet engineers devised a radical solution: Adding an outboard module specifically designed to house an uprated reactor core and related engineering systems. This engineering module would be designed to occupy the secondary lobe of the ship's subspace field during warp flight. In this way, the existing warp nacelles could be fed by a greatly uprated reactor, while avoiding a time-consuming reconstruction of the primary hull. Additionally, the ship's original main deflector had been found to be inadequate during warp travel through regions of dense interstellar particulates, so a second, larger dish was incorporated into the design. Installation of the new engineering hull was surprisingly straightforward, and the NX-class Enterprise was returned to service after only 180 days in spacedock, resuming its historic mission to boldly go where no man had gone before.

NX-Refit by :icontrekmodeler:
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anno78 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Nice design (and art).  Unfortunately it has now been established in the Rise of the Federation novels that the NX-01 was retired from service by the new Federation President before getting the refit (others in the class recived the upgrade).  It is now a museum visited often by Admiral Archer.

We can but dream of what might have been.
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ggctuk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
It's a pity Paramount wanted Enterprise dead: this could have been used in a standalone movie that truly tied the show to a close without the TNG nonsense. Don't get me wrong, I love TNG, but if I want to watch it I'll watch TNG, not Enterprise.
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Keiichi-K1 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
enterprise was cancelled when it started getting good.  But the, the only thing the networks care about is ratings.  Any wonder FOX cancelled Firefly in its first season.
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Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't care what anyone says...

Enterprise was a great show!
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VeiledInShadow Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
i really like the blend of "enterprise" and "tos" styles in this craft. very well done
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trekmodeler Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank Doug Drexler-- it's his design.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
This is a very grand looking piece and a wonderful tribute to "Enterprise".
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This is great, though I have seen versions of this design where the original deflector is removed and the space filled in.
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Jandreau Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
will this be available for Bridge Commander?
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trekmodeler Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's already available:
• on Filefront: bridgecommander.filefront.com/…
• on my website (more reliable): michaelwileyart.com/pages/ship…
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