Viacom, Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and publishing companies, opened the first Viacom retail complex--The Viacom Entertainment Store--on May 23, 1997, in Chicago, Illinois. Located at 600 No. Michigan Avenue in the vortex of Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping and entertainment hub, the new 30,000 square-foot, two-level store features products from the world of Viacom entertainment. Programming, including Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Paramount Studios, MTV, VH-1, and, of course, Star Trek, are all represented through mostly exclusive merchandise. In Viacom Entertainment Store's "Star Trek Store," the centerpiece of the exclusive merchandise are authentic, limited edition miniature spaceship models from Star Trek. These miniatures are made by renowned Trek model maker and Academy Award-nominee Gregory B. Jein. Included in the collection are ST:TNG's USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, Star Trek VI's USS Excelsior, ST:TNG's Klingon Vor'cha, TOS's Klingon Battlecruiser, ST:TNG's Romulan Warbird, and most notably, DS9's "Trials and Tribble-ations" USS Enterprise NCC-1701. The DS9 miniature of TOS's Enterprise is exactly one-half scale to the original eleven-foot miniature used in the production of TOS. Pictured below is one of Greg Jein's USS Enterprise NCC-1701, a limited edition of twelve, which was made from the same mold as the original miniature. The price is $10,000 and it comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by TOS production designer Matt Jeffries and model builder Jein.
Below is a close-up photo of the lower saucer section.
The next photo is a closer shot of the lower saucer section. The detail writing next to the red arrow says, "Step Cockpit. Left Side On." Jein is well known for putting "in-jokes" on his miniatures, evidenced by this jet reference. In TOS's eleven-foot miniature, this technical marking reads, "Inspection Door Vent - Systems Connection." (See The IDIC Page - '74 Enterprise at the bottom of that page.)
Hmmm. Looks like Mr. Jein did his homework and got the "1384" technical marking correct (see the next picture, just below the engine nacelle support pylon). As discussed on The IDIC Page - '74 Enterprise, this marking has been erroneously reported as "1364" for over twenty years in numerous articles on TOS eleven-foot miniature, as well as on model kit decal sets for the Enterprise.
In the next photo, a close-up shot of the previous photo, take note of the area of the secondary hull in which we draw a red box. On TOS's eleven-foot Enterprise miniature, this technical marking reads, "Tail Pipe Socket Adjustment Access." (See The IDIC Page - '74 Enterprise.) On Jein's miniature, however, it reads, "UL Fuel Tank - 86 US Gal." ;-)
While at the Viacom Store: Star Trek , I could not resist buying the limited edition 12" cold-cast resin statue of the Gorn from TOS's "Arena" episode. It came complete with a certificate of authenticity signed by legendary Trek prop/alien designer and Gorn creator, Wah Ming Chang. Of 2,500 made, mine was #112. See The IDIC Page - The Gorn for pictures of the life-sized Gorn alien on display at the store, the Gorn statue, and the certificate signed by Mr. Chang.
See additional pictures of Jein's 1701 miniatures at The IDIC Page - Greg Jein 2 and also at The IDIC Page - Tribbles .
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