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Crafted and meticulously fashioned by hand; the San Felipe model ship is built from scratch by experienced master craftsman and is not from any sort of kit. This ship model comes with 14 masterfully hand stitched, thick canvass sails that hold their shape and do not wrinkle. This historic model rests perfectly on a large wood base.
Measures 28" Long x 9.5" Wide x 26" High (1:95 scale)
Built from over 2,000 pieces (100 machine turned brass cannons, over 150 sculpted hull fittings, parts adorn the hull.
Built with rare, high quality woods such as walnut, cherry, teak, birch and rosewood.
Perfectly taught rigging with over 150 blocks/deadeyes, varied thread color and thickness.
Masterfully stitched, thick canvass sails that hold their shape and do not wrinkle
Meticulously hand painted to match the actual San Felipe
Amazing details – planked deck with nail holes, cannon ball racks, oars in the lifeboats, authentic lifeboats, rudder chains, and more.
Rests perfectly on a large wood base
To build this ship, extensive research was done using various sources such as the original plans and drawings and paintings.
First Launched in 1690, the San Felipe was easily one of the most impressive ships of the Spanish Armada. As Spain’s lead ship during the 17th century, the San Felipe displaced over 1000 tons and was armed with 96 cannons, rendering her as one of the most capable fighters in the European Sea. San Felipe’s role in the fight against Britain and France was to aid in the defense of Spanish settlements and harbors while transporting goods, and also to safeguard the hazardous journey back to the Spanish ports from these colonies.
In the year 1705, the San Felipe participated in an epic battle wherein 12 Spanish vessels and 35 British ships fought for 24 full hours. Captured by an English ship, but so badly damaged that she could not be salvaged, the San Felipe capsized, plummeting to the depths of the sea with several tons of gold on board.
The San Felipe possessed a slim profile and broad sails which allowed it great agility. The war ship’s beauty was pronounced by various intricately fashioned sculptures adorning her stern.