Watch The Smithsonian Meticulously Repaint The Original ‘Star Trek’ Enterprise [Video]

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With Star Trek turning 50 this year, it seems only fitting that the original USS Enterprise model, used in the classic TV series that started it all, should get a fresh coat of paint.

We’ve already shown you the finished model, but did you know it took two years to restore? The Smithsonian, who have had the model since it was donated to them in the mid-70s, took the entire thing apart to meticulously restore it to a screen-accurate state. This involved stripping away previous paint jobs and undoing some ill-conceived modifications. Apparently, lighting effects that were never a part of the original model were added by the museum sometime in the ’90s. Oops!

You can watch a video documenting the painting process below.

(via io9)

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