The Reliant made its debut in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982. The story called for another Starfleet ship, but the filmmakers felt –correctly– that if it was the same design as the Enterprise, the battles would be confusing, so the Reliant is different enough to be distinctive, but shares some design elements of the Enterprise to belong in the same Starfleet family.
Still head on.
Right side up?
Back end of warp nacelle.
Front end of warp nacelle.
Looking good, here.
The Voyager and Excelsior models have very detailed RCS thrusters molded into its hull, while the Enterprise-D has decals for its own. Ah, well...
The roll bar does a nice job of balancing the design (not having a cylindrical engineering section like the Constitution Class). I've seen variations of this without the roll bar and it looks imbalanced rather than sleek. Still, with no engineering hull, there's no deflector dish, so how does–
Ah, but it's best not to look too closely at how things work in science fiction. Warp drive, phasers, transporters are simply devices to aid in the storytelling and not ends in themselves. Just enjoy!
Roll bar imperfection.
Despite having meager modelling skills at the time, and not knowing the true potentials of the kits I was building, I really did enjoy building this kit (even though I don't remember it very well). So, although I may feel at times like I missed a lot of opportunities for improving the models, I have no real regrets, having had my fun –which is still my main reason for modelling.