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Check Out These Hypnotic Underwater Star Trek Ship Model Videos December 29, 2009

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Another viral video link around the web this week is a hypnotic video of a submarine USS Enterprise. It comes from a Japanese modeling club that TrekMovie featured last year, but now there are more Star Trek ships turned sub videos to show off. Check them out below. 


Your local pool – the final frontier

The video that is showing up all over the web this week is this one with the Enterprise-A.

The video comes from the Aqua Modelers club in Kokusuka, Japan. The clubbers make their own submarine models converted from model kits (unfortunately they are not for sale).

Here is a more recent video from the club, with the Enterprise D.

And here is the Voyager and the Millennium Falcon

There are more videos of other non-Trek submarine models at the Starfleet Yokosuka YouTube Page.

Visit the Starfleet Yokosuka Dry Docks website (in Japanese) to find out more about the model club.

Yokosuka Aqua Modelers



1. WallDoctor - December 30, 2009

Wow. At 2:26 am, it makes me want to fall asleep at my computer.

2. WallDoctor - December 30, 2009

Hey, I was first and second…that’s a first for me

3. Jotin - December 30, 2009

I emailed the guy who makes these i think. I REEEEAALLYYY want one!!!

4. ryanhuyton - December 30, 2009

Those are some beautiful videos. Awesome. And that is a DS/AA Enterprise-D, which I own. I hope one day that NASA takes a model of any Enterprise into space ( in outer space, not just inside the shuttle) because that would be even cooler. And films it of course.

5. Christine - December 30, 2009

Neat-o! If only I had a way to get my hands on one of those.. and a pool. I don’t think the tub is deep enough.

6. ryanhuyton - December 30, 2009

Of course, putting a model starship in orbit around Earth would be ironic since the shuttle Enterprise never went into space.

7. GarySeven - December 30, 2009

Are they powered? How do the ships keep moving?

8. ryanhuyton - December 30, 2009

#7 They are powered. On the Enterprise-A, there is a small motor located in the shuttle bay. On the Enterprise-D, a small motor is where the main impulse engine is on the neck. As for the Voyager, I’ll have to watch the video again.

9. ryanhuyton - December 30, 2009

I also would have loved to have seen the Enterprise-D seperate and have the saucer slide onto the floor.

10. somethoughts - December 30, 2009

So cool, they should make Bird of Preys, Borg Cubes etc and have a under water fight and youtube that, oh and have it so they can launch torpedoes lol heck throw in the Narada in there also. The shots are nicely done but the music has to go, it’s like cheesy outer space porn music or some 90s space rpg

11. somethoughts - December 30, 2009

*star control 2 music*

12. somethoughts - December 30, 2009

Be so cool to have one forever swimming around in a large fish tank next to the fireplace and big screen.

13. Trekkie626 - December 30, 2009

They should use this for special effects.

14. RTC - December 30, 2009

Maybe they could have Enterprise-A and Reliant, each rigged with a small laser, and recreate the battle in TWOK….!

15. fatman bruno - December 30, 2009

JJ Abrams Enterprise next???

16. WowserUK - December 30, 2009

It reminds me a bit of ‘Catspaw’ or ‘Q2′ :)

17. WowserUK - December 30, 2009

…sorry, my bad! I meant ‘Death Wish’ not ‘Q2’! Will you ever forgive me?! :)

18. Kirk1701 - December 30, 2009

These are strange. An interesting concept, I’ve heard that space travel is much more akin to submarine travel, so this would be a good exercise in starship physics. However, the music track and overall creepiness if the lighting and sorta shaky cam make for an uncomfortable experience. These videos cannot be unwatched.

19. Captain Dunsel - December 30, 2009

So – The Starship Voyager is manuevering in Fluidic Space?

Where’s Species 8472 when you need them?

20. Robert H. - December 30, 2009

Makes you wonder. Double the scale, put the motor in the impulse drive, and wonder how they would make Star Trek before CG.

21. Newman - December 30, 2009

These are pretty cool. The engine for the Voyager model is located on the bottom of the engineering section. It also seems to be the only model with dive planes on it, though they are not easy to spot.

Imagine how difficult it would be to make these models not only watertight but buoancy (tough word to spell) neutral. Many many long hours of work must have went into them.

22. Captain Dunsel - December 30, 2009

It’s interesting to note how aerodynamically (hydrodynamically?) stable the Enterprise A appears to be, compared both to the Enterprise D and to Voyager.

Long, Long shots of the A gliding gracefully along on a relatively level course. The video of the D seems like more short sequences between times when the model starts dipping downward. The Voyager is a little harder to judge, what with the active use of the manuevering planes.

But it realy looks as if the basic layout of the Constitution Class ships is the most well-balanced. Let’s hear if for Matt Jeffries!

23. Buzz Lancaster - December 30, 2009

Very NICE indeed…!! I loved the Enterprise A video…! I couldn’t stop thinking of movie scenes, imagining “moments” where those movements could be part of…!

The music could be more “cinematic” but all in all it was very well done.

I have a Ent. A model… It’s been years in the box… and I still have to put the pieces together…


24. Buzz Cagney - December 30, 2009

The Enterprise hasn’t looked this good since TMP!

25. Frederick Von Fronkensteen - December 30, 2009

This is the closest any fan will get to really flying a model of the Enterprise around. Cool!

26. NX01 - December 30, 2009

The Defiant is always left out.

Even the last time they remade all the ships in die cast form they skipped the Defiant..

Art Asylum never made a USS Defiant either.

I am a USS Defiant fan, I just wish more people showed some Defiant love.

The ships look great though., it takes me back to a time when model kits were big and I was always in the hobby shop looking for the next star trek model.

I believe one Defiant Di cast was made and I think you had to buy a special set to get it. And before you ask I do have a Defiant Model kit, fully painted and assembled.

27. balls - December 30, 2009

As Liz Lemon might want to say, “I want to go to there!”

28. Zebonka - December 30, 2009

JJ version next hopefully, just as soon as someone can find a pool filled with excrement….

29. dep1701 - December 30, 2009


“I believe one Defiant Di cast was made and I think you had to buy a special set to get it. And before you ask I do have a Defiant Model kit, fully painted and assembled”

Playmates made an electronic Defiant. I found one at a Walmart back when they first came out, along with a Voyager. Both of those were pretty rare, but you can occasionally find them on auction sites like Ebay

Not to mention the portable CD player shaped like the Defiant that Spencers Gifts used to carry, back in the day.

30. CmdrR - December 30, 2009

You have crossed into Fluidic Space. Beware Species 8472!

Honestly, with the right lighting, this technique would totally kick some CGI arse.

31. Desstruxion - December 30, 2009

hey #26 I’m with you. the same ships are always made again and again. how many D’s do we need? How about a nice Defiant in die cast or an Enterprise C. I’d like a Stargazer too. the Intrepid from Enterprise would be interesting as well. just give us something different.

32. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - December 30, 2009

Enterprise A still BY FAR the most beautiful and realistic looking E

Enterprise D looks like a garish X-mas orniment YUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

33. Red Skirt - December 30, 2009

That is one of the coolest Star Trek videos I have ever seen. I could totally see this playing at a lounge I hang at and my non-trek friends totally getting caught up in it, the mix is pretty hip too.

After I chilled with the vibe for a few, I found myself wondering how it can move so gracefully without any major control surfaces. It’s not like there are any bow-planes (yes I watched U-571 very closely, I’m talking to you Matthew Mcconaughey :-)

34. Author of "The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers" - December 30, 2009

TOS Movie Enterprise remains the best looking realization of the ship across all incarnations. Not even close. Elegant, graceful lines from just about every angle.

35. stevesf - December 30, 2009

#33–I agree

36. Andy - December 30, 2009

#33 and #34 – I also agree. The only angle I’ve ever thought it looked less than amazing was the angle they used in Star Trek V – right before she warps away form the klingon BOP photon torpedo. The angle made the secondary hull look strangley large and out of proportion to the saucer and nacelles. Other than that, it looks perfect at EVERY angle. It can’t be improved upon.

37. Captain Kathryn - December 30, 2009

just awesome! Voyager and Enterprise A never looked so graceful!

38. "Check the Circuit!" - December 30, 2009

Of all the films in the body of work that is Star Trek…only STV could make the NCC-1701A look bad.

39. BringBackJimKirk - December 30, 2009

Water, the Final Frontier

40. Michael - December 30, 2009

How did they make these puppies so dang airtight they didn’t leak and take on water? And are these radio controled? And lastly…why spaceships under water?

41. Nail Polish Remover - December 30, 2009

The BEST article this year so far, please – no more boring fillers !!!

42. CmdrR - December 30, 2009

New for 2010:

“Voyager to the Bottom of the Sea”

43. Excelsior Prime - December 30, 2009

Gotta love those rascally Japanese. We’re all just swimming in their wake, pun intended.

I mean, really…what toys have we originated? G.I. Joe? It’s not bad, but the Japanese gave us Diaclone, which became Tranformers, which are vehicles that turn into robots. Genius.

Now submarine starship models. I love it.

And I want the E-A like, yesterday.

44. Viking - December 30, 2009

Man, I bet these guys could do a bang-up FX upgrade to ST:V. LOL

45. ryanhuyton - December 30, 2009

I also found it funny that the Millenium Falcon just sat at the surface while the Voyager ran around and under it.

46. They call me Stasiu - December 30, 2009

The Voyager has running lights- that’s insane (and gorgeous)!
Do you think they would attempt R/C whales like in The Voyage Home?

47. SerenityActual - December 30, 2009

Those are beautiful. I salute the modelers for the love they put into their craft.

48. `Lestat` - December 30, 2009

Very interesting.

49. Kirk's Revenge - December 30, 2009

40. Michael
“…why spaceships under water?”

Because flying them in space is a little too expensive.

50. Holger - December 30, 2009

WOW! This is cool. What a nifty idea to let these ships dive around, never would have thought of it. Kudos to the modellers.

I also learned that swimming pools in Japan look exactly the same as at home :-)

51. Jeffrey S. Nelson - December 30, 2009

It’s just good fun. Wish I had one of the Enterprise-A.

52. RFK - December 30, 2009

Someone should send this to JJ, not to mention the clown responsible for the atrocity in the last movie.

53. Aqua - December 30, 2009

I browsed around their site randomly clicking on things I couldn’t read, ran across one where the Voyager and a Borg cube were in the water same time.

54. miraclefan - December 30, 2009

God bless those Japanese.
They are some of the greatest modelers on earth.

55. Holger - December 31, 2009

Re 40, 49: Arthur C. Clarke was an enthusiastic scuba diver because that’s, he said, as close to a spacewalk as you can get down here on Earth.

56. DDM Man - December 31, 2009

Enterprise A RULES!!!!

57. Reign1701A - December 31, 2009

Thats the DST Enterprise-D. Note the missing windows on the neck.

58. Scooter - December 31, 2009

The closest thing to seeing a real starship fly we’ll ever experience! Cool stuff!

59. John in Canada, eh? - December 31, 2009

i just bought a house with a pool… these would be incredible there.

60. Jason P - December 31, 2009

Do the lights on the art asylum Ent-D stay on or do they only come on while the sound is playing? Thanks!

61. BiggestTOSfanever - December 31, 2009

Cooool, when do they go on sale?

62. RFK - January 1, 2010

Looks better than JJ’s.

63. Si - January 2, 2010

They got the blue glowey light at the front of the Ent-A absolutely spot on! Love it!

64. skyjedi - January 2, 2010

are these Vids from the same person who did ones with Space Battleship Yamato. I would love to see the Yamato versus the enterprise refit. If they caught Kirk with his shields down like Khan did and bye bye enterprise via the wave motion gun.

65. Gummy - January 2, 2010

They put a lot of work into these. Excellent job!

66. Jonathan - January 3, 2010

Better shots of the 1701-A flying in a pool than any shots of it in STV.

67. John in Canada, eh? - January 7, 2010

Only now did I realize that some of the lights are actually blinking on the ship.

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