Digging through the crates at Cantara one day, I came across the huge box that housed the 8 to 10 foot Enterprise-D model…being that I had my Makita with me, I just had to pop the lid and see her before the big Christie’s Auction that at this time was just a rumor. WOW, what a beauty, even under warehouse lighting!!! As I was taking pictures, I started from the back of the model and moved forward, getting to the front of the saucer. The “E” became very evident through the view finder. THE “E”!! Holy cow! I had heard the rumors that for budget sake this was going to be the solution, but I didn’t know that they had gone to the measures of having ILM change the decal. Ronald Moore and Jonathan Frakes were the driving force to having a new ship designed and built, and so this budgetary experiment seemed to have only lived on the side lines. Great fun to see her this way, though.