I think for some people (me included) you need to get into those big ships to realise they aren't the best. I got my trade Elite in a Cobra MkIII, Combat Elite in a Python and although I got Exploration Elite in a high jump range Conda I used it to get where I wanted to go quickly rather than for it's size.The funny part is how so many experienced long term players get the "I absolutely need a big ship!" out of their systems in the infancy of their careers and then spend crazy amounts of time in small/medium ships. I never even bothered getting enough rank to get into a Cutter or a Corvette, and my time in an Annie was mostly just to go on an expedition to Beagle Point.
I try to use all the ships, or find a use for them. I thought of you the other day when idly looking through the available ships at a local high-tech and bought a Gunship & fitted it with all frags. The frags were a bit useless in my hands (I prefer long range weapons) but the ship was nice to fly and it's 8th hardpoint was fun It's found a home in my collection of CZ ships where the Alliance ships didn't, not sure what weapons I'm going to fit it with for longer range yet, I usually default to a long range thermal conduit fixed beam (feels like fighting with a light sabre rather than a gun) and it doesn't have a name yet either.
I'm only doing it because I can easily afford it, credits and mats. I prefer to try stuff for myself rather than following guides and it's less important that I don't waste resources going up blind alleys than it used to be.