There is another…
There were two NX Enterprises; the one you saw on television, and then there was the approval model. It appeared very early on in print before the high resolution model was ready, and was never seen again.
(Above and below) Two art department proof of concept images of the NX Enterprise reveal a brighter looking ship that gave the appearance of being slightly smaller than the model used for production. This is due to the production model’s larger windows. I prefer this look because the smaller looking ship feels more vulnerable.
(Below) The final production model. The high resolution model was built with laser precision by master modeler Pierre Drolet at Foundation Imaging. Pierre is undoubtedly the top Light Wave modeler in Hollywood. His charming French accent has earned him the nickname “Chocolate Mousse” by all of us who revere him. Currently Pierre works with our gang over on BSG, creating amazing models that boggle the mind. His modeling of proto Cylons for “The Hutzel” on the upcoming Caprica defy imagination.
Pierre did a remarkable job translating the approval model into a high rez and versatile beauty that could withstand extreme paint scarpers. The low rez art department proof of concept model of the NX continued to see service as the big ship’s standin in previz throughout the four season run of Enterprise.