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Spanish Navy Battleship PELAYO, 1895

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The Vessel
Displacement -9745 tons

2 x 12.5in
2 x 11 in
1 x 6.4in
12 x 4.7 in
5 x 6 pdr Q/F
14 MG
7 Torpedo Tubes

OAL-334 ft

Pelayo was completed in 1888 at the French Yard of La Seyne, there being no Spanish yards large enough at the time to undertake the work. She was based on the French design of the Marceau but with less draft so as to allow her to negotiate the Suez canal fully loaded.

Fitted originally with an auxiliary sailing rig of 4000 sq. ft she was soon reduced to military masts . The main Hontoria guns were mounted in barbettes on the Canet system which permitted loading in any position, 8000 ihp gave her a top speed of 16.2 knots on trials. She had a rebuild at La Seyne in 1897 where she was re-boilered and partially re-armed , the 4.7" being replaced by 5.5". She therefore missed the Spanish-American war by being yard-bound which resulted in her never seeing action with an enemy vessel. She did however fire her guns in anger bombarding the Moroccan shore in 1909.

She was the flagship of the Spanish Navy and attended many International Naval reviews and Regattas. In 1912 she was badly damaged after running aground and thereafter was only used for training purposes. She was eventually relegated to an accommodation , disarmed in 1923 and broken up in 1925.

The model...
The Spanish Pelayo was an unusual choice of subject as a first attempt into the resin ship model market, nevertheless that is exactly what Jadar Models of Poland did. Quality wise for a first attempt it is a credible effort, fairly crisp casting and containing within the kit a small Photoetch fret with ladders, railings, boat seats, davits and gunhouse roofs.

Unfortunately they appear to have used a single, somewhat flawed(!) drawing as their primary source of information on which they based the master. It shows PELAYO with a rounded sloping cruiser stern, as well as missing out 4 x 4.7" guns and apertures from the broadside battery.

The neat little PE boat launching davits were absolutely incorrect, as well as the boat fit consisting of far too few, and all of them wrong...although those supplied had neat PE boat thwarts.

Scaling off photos showed the funnels to be somewhat short so these were replaced with new squashed alloy tube versions.

About the Author

About JimBaumann


Another excellent SBS by Jim! It also provided some help on one of my current projects Congrats Jim Thanks for sharing it Mark Rui
MAR 22, 2008 - 03:30 AM
Seriously, don't you want to play some Rachmaninov when you look at Jim's boats? Come on, at this point of mastering it's poetry.. That and I think the Pelayo is a really very handsome boat too
MAR 22, 2008 - 06:53 AM
A great study for anyone interested in the finer points of ship building. Thanks for sharing with us Jim. Frank
MAR 22, 2008 - 11:42 AM
MAR 22, 2008 - 01:25 PM
Thanks you for your kind words gentlemen! I had fun building her too! Rui--a new project eh...? JIM B
MAR 24, 2008 - 04:35 AM
Indeed Jim ... slow in the making, but another one Cheers, Rui
MAR 24, 2008 - 05:17 AM
Beautiful build, Jim. Great atmosphere. A suggestion for the next time you have to plug a large section of hull (as you did with the sacrificial gun turret in this build): try some Aves Apoxie Sculpt. It's an acrylic two-part sculpting clay. It dries super hard, sands and feathers like a dream, and it will hold an edge. You might have trouble making it out in this picture but I was able to get that end of the hull razor thin using Aves (I had to resculpt that edge after the hull took a nose-dive to the floor). I was able sand it down so sharp it became a translucent knife-edge.
MAR 24, 2008 - 06:02 AM
Jim, Beautiful build, mostly especially because you took a base (with flaws!) and made it sing! I love your mods and creativity, and the finished dio is beaut mate. A lovely finished piece, even better because of the extra work you put in. Really enjoyed the article. Devin - very nice epoxy replacement!
MAR 27, 2008 - 08:43 PM
We usually play the Dubussy while gazing at Jim's presentaion, JBA, ah yes, I can hear it now. Peter F
MAR 31, 2008 - 08:27 PM
yep Peter, Debussy works too! Actually, anything good classical music from the last 130 years should work. it must be slightly romantic but mostly, you have got to hear the Machine and the smoke in the music too, this is why a bit of repetitivity and harshness in the music would be necessary. Stravinski's Весна священная (Spring's sacre in English?) comes to mind. Actually I would also play Neil Young's soundtrack to jim Jarmush's Dead Man too As there is space, smoke, a longing to be somewhere else in another time, and like Jim's work, at this point, it doesn't look like model making anymore. and for the Pelayo!
APR 03, 2008 - 08:51 PM