Cygnus from Disney's "The Black Hole" (1979)
About the Design
The brainchild of Dr. Hans Reinhardt (played by Maximilian Schell), the "Cygnus" was a massive, mile-long interstellar exploration vessel with a crew of several hundred. Looking like a flying "Crystal Palace," the design had a decidedly Victorian flavor, this intended to reflect the Capt. Nemo-like sensibilities of its creator.
Oddly, in the movie, the "Cygnus" is supposed to be an old, obsolete spacecraft whereas the "Palomino" -- the tiny circular craft visible nestled in the model's bow docking port -- is supposed to be the "state-of-the-art" starship. This is tantamount to suggesting that a Soviet Vostok capsule is technologically superior to the Starship Enterprise.
About the Kit
Released shortly after the December 1979 premiere of "The Black Hole," (the Walt Disney Studio's first PG-rated film!), MPC's "Cygnus" is a huge, impressive, highly detailed model that requires great patience on the part of its builder/painter. Although released only once, it was produced in such quantities that it is still fairly common in the collector's market.
This kit is an original issue.