Drawings By Phil Broad
SS Botany Bay Miniature
Web site by: Phil Broad
Identified as a DY-100 class
interplanetary freighter, the "Botany Bay" (The Space Seed) would see service
several times throughout the Star Trek series as other vessels including
an "automated ore freighter" (The Ultimate Computer). Since Star Trek's
senior Art Director, Matt Jefferies is a major fan of aviation (and a well
known aviation artist) it is reasonable to assume that the "D" in DY-100
probably stood for "Douglas" as the Douglas Aircraft Company was one of
the worlds largest aerospace contractors at the time and local to the LA
area where Mr. Jefferies lives. The Douglas influence was felt once
again in the show with the appearance of the "Space Station K-7" (The Trouble
with Tribbles) which is actually a line-for-line copy of a company proposal
for a single payload (Saturn V) inflatable space
station. The studio simply took the design and "scaled it up"
by adding lots of windows, thus making it appear to be several hundreds
of feet in diameter rather than 100 feet in diameter. This is the
original studio miniature of the DY-100 as seen at one of the last "Equicon"
science fiction conventions held in Los Angeles and is still in an unrestored
condition. It is mostly made of wood with a few model kit parts and
some metal components. The leading edge of the "sail" (a naval term
for the tower structure found on most submarines) features a corrugated
metal foil and the engine pod includes metal "antennas" and masts.
Judging by the details found on the model it is safe to assume that the
actual spacecraft would have been capable of carrying two rows of the wedge
shaped cargo pods seen here and they would continue right around the core
structure when fully loaded. The photographers scale seen in these
photos is marked in inches.
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