Seven decades after Kirk.
I'd been hooked on Star Trek since I was a wee lad in the 1970s, watching reruns of the original series from the '60s, and I enjoyed the movies that came out afterward. When a new series was announced to debut in 1987, I was excited and interested, even though I felt the subtitle "The Next Generation" was cheesy. Nearly 30 years later, I've definitely gotten used to it (but "TNG" is easier to say and type), but I still find it kinda bland.
Anyway, the show had fresh new technology and a spanking new design for its main ship, the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, now the flagship of the Federation. Andrew Probert's design took some getting used to for me; it had the same basic elements of the original Enterprise (saucer, neck, cylinder, and two cylindrical engines on pylons), but the shapes and volumes were distributed differently, weirdly. Everything looked squished and soft. The organic look of this new ship had me staring at early photos, trying to figure it out, and when the show aired, I tuned in every week, still trying to wrap my head around it.
Box art with tangents
First issued by AMT/ERTL in 1988, I built this kit in either 1992 or '93. I finally got a good sense of the shape of the ship.
The tangents I mention above are the O and the N from "Generation" touching (not overlapping, but precisely intersecting with) the front of the saucer. A nudge here, a slight reduction is size there, and they could have been avoided.
The model itself is top heavy –especially since I attached the stand the wrong way! For over 20 years, the ship has been flying towards the ground because of this oversight (I've corrected the angles in these photos).
Looks good from the back.
I like this angle a lot, too.
Look at all that great molded detail I failed to take advantage of!