I'd already built the refit Enterprise 1701-A in 1992, and had possibly built the U.S.S. Reliant maybe a year or so afterward...or maybe I built the Enterprise-D next (I can't remember the order or vintage of my builds of the Trek starships), but I certainly built my A-Wing fighter in 1993, so this may have been the second-last model I built in the '90s (the last being the U.S.S. Voyager in 1995 (or '96)...and my last model of the '90s would have been the U.S.S. Defiant, but, believe it or not, I still have it –unbuilt– in its box).
I remember reading a review of ST3 in 1984 in a rather hard-to-find magazine called Enterprise Incidents, which only seemed to appear only a handful of times at the local convenience store I bought my comics and magazines from. In it, the reviewer levelled some harsh criticism of the ship, likening it to a baby's sippy cup (referring to the primary hull's extreme tapered design). I hadn't seen the movie yet, and you didn't get a really good look at the ship in the few pictures the magazine included, but I felt this was an unfair judgement, and I still do.
Anyway, I found its sleekness very attractive and the slight Art Deco look was indeed fresh, while still keeping that "Starfleet-clean" aesthetic. Years later, when I saw an interview on the ST3 DVD with its designer, Bill George, talking about the ship, I fell in love with it all over again.
My modelling techniques were quite unsophisticated in the '90s, so the various flaws are obvious, the main ones being sloppy gluey bits all over the place, mediocre hand painting all over the place, and leaving the bare plastic as the main hull colour rather than painting it.
Black paint from the stand rubbing off on the lower hull over the decades.
This is my favourite angle of this class of starship.
That dramatic notch cutaway in the middle of the engineering hull is a nice callback to the original Enterprise, and establishes a Starfleet design lineage that turns up in the U.S.S. Voyager as well..
More black paint transfer visible here.
Overall, I seem to remember having a fun time building this kit (that's the whole point of this hobby, after all!), despite its tiny size and lack of detail as a result (I wasn't concerned with absolute accuracy at that time; it was close enough).