Star Trek: The Next Generation U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Blueprints
|LC Class||PN1992.77.S732 S74 1996|
Created by Rick Sternbach, these are large fold-up blueprints of the interior of the USS Enterprise-D. They catalog every deck of the ship, including exterior views and a side-view cutaway. They come in a box set with a booklet that talks about the blueprints.
As Rick Sternbach says, the team used several methods to create the blueprints. First they had to gather material, so they went to the archives of the Star Trek: The Next Generation art department, where they found plans and drawings of the various sets created for the show. They also collected exterior drawings and photos to see how the ship had changed from its conception to its devastating crash in Star Trek Generations.
They also transferred the ink-drawings of the exterior of the ship, which had been used in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, to the computer for greater detail since the plans were going to be so much larger this time.
Inside the Box
Besides small advertisements included in the package, the blueprints include several things:
- A 16-page booklet that talks in detail about the production team and the production of the blueprints.
- Thirteen sheets of 22" by 34" blueprints, including three of external elevations, one with a side cutaway and the first two decks, ten with the deck plans and the last one includes the symbol key for various symbols used throughout the plans.
Five years prior to Rick Sternbach's version being published Ed Whitefire  contacted Paramount Studios about preparing and publishing the blueprints for the Enterprise-D. When he presented his idea to Star Trek Art Department staff member Andrew Probert, he was given the go ahead to start designing and drawing the Enterprise-D blueprints. After working on the designs for more than two years, his publisher, FASA, lost their contract with Paramount Studios forcing Whitefire to start looking for a new publisher. It was during this time that Whitefire discovered that Rick Sternbach would be publishing his own version of the blueprints based on those already created by Whitefire.