Last Seconds of the USS Constellation

With other recent uploads of the Constellation and Doomsday Machine I was reminded of this one more. An external rear view of the Constellation during the climax of the TOS episde The Doomsday Machine, this shot shows the rear view of the damaged model and the optical insert for the Doomsday Machine. .


I am always entertained by seeing that the professionals involved in production could not get the nacelles on their AMT kit straight just as I could not when I was building the thing as a kid was a problem I always had which sent most completed Enterprises to the torch to become Constellations!


As a production aside, the Doomsday Machine center was an optical composite layered over the color lit object (which Norman Spinrad has said was made from a plastered wind sock). The outline of the optical center is visible in parts of this shot, most easily above the damaged starboard nacelle (there is a black border between the hard prop and the opitical insert). No production shots of the actual doomsday machine hard prop have emerged to my knowledge....I would love to see some if they are out there!

  • Bill 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Star Trek ( final frontier uncencered), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Rick Pearson 4y

    Also note how the nacelle struts are crooked and the main dorsal pylon isn't even straight. But my favorite part, which I noticed when it first aired, is what happened to the bottom half of the saucer??!!? In all of the composite shots of the Constellation from the rear, as it heads into the mouth of the DD Machine, the matte line cuts right across the bottom rim of the saucer, and completely leaves out the pointed lower half down to the glass dome (roughly decks 9-11). My guess is that the way they lit the model had that part of the saucer in deep shadow, and it was probably shot against a black background and not blue screen, so with black against black the bottom part wasn't visible and the optical house who processed the shots just couldn't see the bottom of the saucer and didn't realize they had left it out. Also one more on-screen observation/flub about the use of the AMT model. If you watch very carefully, there are a couple of times when the nacelles actually shake/vibrate a little bit, because the model had a tendency to do that, along with the droop.
  • Michael Bates PRO 3y

    I built the AMT model when I was a kid, and the nacelle struts wouldn't stay up, despite many makeshift repairs. The big NCC-1701 decal for the saucer tore when I was putting it on. Perhaps I should have turned it into a Constellation, too.
  • DS9Sega 1y

    Spinrad was wrong about the "wind sock". Daren Dochterman's made a convincing case that the Planet Killer was made from heavy foil covered by theatrical lighting gels, which would account for it's crumpled, bent look and the translucent blue which encases it.
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Taken on July 11, 2009

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