The S. S. Botany Bay
DY-100 from Star Trek's "Space Seed"
with a bit more stylingmaybe, as it might have
looked had it appeared in The Wrath of Khan...
- I built this over a two-month period early in 1996. I began by
making a set of prints in 1/288 scale, which would also be the
scale of the finished model. From the prints, I cut sheet styrene
pieces to create structural frameworks as well as the skin of the
ship. I broke down the design into four assemblies: main body,
sail, cargo modules, and propulsion section.
- Main Body
- This consisted of three sections: the nosecone, the forward
body, and the aft body. The nose is a wood turning attached to the
rest of the body with epoxy. The gaps between the nose and the
body were filled with epoxy putty. I coated the wood with a
urethane finish which I later sanded smooth. The fore and aft body
is built on an internal framework of 5/32" aluminum tube running
from the nose to the engine section. Octagonal styrene bulkheads
were placed along it at intervals. The body is sheathed in .06"
- This consists of an internal framework of .06" styrene with a
skin of .06" styrene on the flat aft surfaces, and .02" styrene
for the curved main section. A short piece of aluminum tubing runs
across the sail to provide a structural support for the winglets.
- Cargo Modules
- Yes, plural. Based on some of Matt Jefferies' concept
drawings, I designed the cargo section as five individual modules
docked at five of sixteen hardpoints. Look closely at the aft body
for engraved hatches & lockpoints. Again, an internal
framework of .06" sheet styrene is covered with a skin of same.
The surface consists of trapezoids and rectangles of "sheet metal"
styled styrene. I finished the corners with strip styrene.
- Again, its an internal styrene framework and sheet styrene
skin. The supports for the radiators are square brass tubing. The
radiators are brass screen superglued over sheet styrene (and,
yes, I know the "real" BB has backswept supports - those pictures
surfaced after I built this). The engine bells are from a
Space:1999 eagle. The reactor caps are diesel locomotive cooling