I love the look of the Miranda class starship and had the impression I would be in it for the tutorial, but it didn't happen. Yet, I saw other ships of different classes in the tutorial that were player ships. So, how could I get that hull to start?
My search-fu was week on this question, or the forums don't like my tablet :p
When starting out each person gets a random miranda type: there's 3 miranda types. After the tutorial you can switch the skin of the type you have to look like one of the other types; or mix and match the parts to make your own flavor of miranda ship.
Don't think it's actually random, i believe we all start out with the "Centaur" ship/skin but you can change that on the starbase/Earth Spacedock!
I know i did 'cause i've always loved the look of the Mir class myself as well. In fact the only ships/skins i have picked in this game are all canon ships as well as canon looks, STOWIKI has a small guide which you can use to get the most canon look where ships and uniforms are concerned!