After.I recall reading that Jeffries recycled the Lief Ericson design (slightly modified) for a proposed War of the Worlds TV series...or did the possible series come before the model?
Yep. All correct.Memory says Dykstra was involved and the plan was to use model sets and key in the actors (what we call 'green stage' nowadays) in some 'new groundbreaking special effects' way. I seem to recall a decent sized article in an early Starlog about all that. Of course the lynchpin of that stillborn network was Star Trek Phase II.