Daily Archives: January 10, 2021

Taking Another Look: Navio Rayo Gun Section Kit

I wrote up this look at Disar Model’s Navio Rayo kit for Ages of Sail. This kit has been available for about three years, but the manufacture still seems to be somewhat obscure in the world of wooden ship modeling.

Now, there are a lot of kits they make that I’m not very impressed with, but there are a few that look pretty interesting, and this is one of them.

I don’t see a lot of this particular kit selling, but it seems to me that it should. It’s a large scale model kit of an interesting subject with plenty of interesting details.

I considered building this model myself, but I have so many projects to complete. But, even with it’s details, it should be a relatively quick build. Diorama builders could probably do some really interesting work using this kit, and I’d really love to see some model builders, not even necessarily ship modelers, take on this build.

Ages of Sail

It was about 3-1/2 years ago that Ages of Sail first introduced this new line of Spanish wooden model kits to North America. Among the first batch of kits was an often overlooked wood model kit of a section of the 18th-century Spanish warship Rayo. The Rayo was an 80-gun ship-of-the-line built in 1746.  The ship was rebuilt in Cartagena in 1803, transforming her into a three-decked ship of 100 guns.

If you’re interested in getting the kit, you’ll find it on our website here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/navio-rayo-s.xviii-puesto-de-combate,-wooden-kit-by-disar,-20148.html

Soon after, the Rayo joined the coalition of French and Spanish ships sailing out of Cadiz on 18 October, 1805. Three days later the combine French and Spanish fleet encountered the British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson off Cape Trafalgar on the southwest coast of Spain.

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Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – FINAL

The next sails to go on the model are the staysail and jib, the two triangular sails at the bow. To each, a length of line is attached at the top and bottom ends. At the top end, or head, is the halliard, while the line at the bottom corner, or tack, is the outhaul.

With these lines run through their respective blocks and temporarily secured using painter’s tape, the sail can then be secured to the stays, the fixed lines that support the mast from the bowsprit. I used a needle to help thread the line through the leading edge of the sail, then I tied a knot around the stay, securing the knot with a dab of Aleene’s Tacky Glue. When dried, the excess line can be trimmed away. Just be careful not to accidentally cut the stay itself.

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