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Revealed: the scrapped plan for a life-sized Starship Enterprise in downtown Las Vegas

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Details have emerged of a canceled project to put a full-sized reconstruction of the Starship Enterprise in downtown Las Vegas. The model would have featured a fully-modeled interior with tours of famous rooms and locations, and there were also plans to have Star Trek-themed live shows inside.

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You'd think Las Vegas was ostentatious enough already, but details have emerged of a canceled project that would have rivaled Sin City's gaudiest excesses — a full-sized reconstruction of the Starship Enterprise. The model would have featured a fully-modeled interior with tours of famous rooms and locations, and there were also plans to have Star Trek-themed live shows inside. Designer Gary Goddard's $150 million concept actually won a competition put on by the city in 1992 to find a new attraction for Vegas' downtown area, but ultimately got denied by Paramount's COO Stanley Jaffe who was worried about damage to the brand should the project not have been a success. Instead, Vegas got the Fremont Street Experience, and a few years later the decidedly less impressive Star Trek: The Experience opened at the Hilton.