Mario de Monti wrote:
the design of the long neck along with the bulbous bridge module was based on the sitar
, a musical instrument from india.
And the Millennium Falcon
was based on a hamburger.
The long neck never bothered me. It reminds me a bit of Discovery
from 2001; perhaps it was designed that way for the same reason. Maybe the forward fuselage is the only occupied section, the rear being all engine and weapons. (I know, the blueprints tell a different story.) The Enterprise
has equally thin pylons supporting its warp engines. None of the STAR TREK designs are constrained by the stresses today's engineers worry about.
The nominal orientation on-screen makes the Klingon battle cruiser look more menacing, like claws, or the "monster pose" a child might make, arms out and grasping.