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SAN FELIPE

Built in 1690, San Felipe soon proved to be Spain's most powerful fighting ship ever.  Her slim profile and wide spread of sail bestowed great maneuverability and agility. She established herself very quickly as her impressive record in the first 4 years of service made her the flagship of the famous Spanish Armanda. Under the command of Commodore Enrique MacDonnell, San Felipe was armed to take on the mightiest ships in the French and British navies.

San Felipe held a very active major role in the war against Britain and France. In 1705, after 15 years of unparallel services, she led 11 other Spanish vessels to attack a British fleet of 35 ships. The British recognized San Felipe and concentrated firepower on her. After 24 hours of furious battle, she was captured but was so badly damaged and went to the bottom with several tons of gold. The battle was considered a victory for Spain as 9 British and only 4 Spanish ships were lost. San Felipe herself sunk 2 ships-of-the-line and 1 frigate. This record still stands as of today.

 

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This San Felipe masterpiece features:

  • Scratch-built

  • plank-on-frame

  • All parts are wooden or metal

  • Metal barrels on wooden carriages that sit on real decks (better than model kits)

  • Beautiful wood patterns

  • Wooden base

37" long x 34" tall x 13" wide.    $1,900      S&H is $150  sold out

(Please indicate sail or non-sail version during the checkout process.)

Add light feature (shown in the last photo): $200    


"Frank,

Both ships have sailed in, docked, and seem happy in their new home port.

The shipping was a little entertaining on the delivery, but worked out well, in the end. So I have been studying each of the models now for an hour or so, instead of working, but, hey. What two great distractions these are.

Some feedback on each:

USS CONSTITUTION: The level of and execution of the detailing are outstanding. Period. I did a lot of research on this particular model, and I found no other model that compares to it. Period. The rigging and the masts alone qualify this model as exceptional in its class. Add in everything else, and its a major player. Seeing it "in person" is more than convincing of its greatness. It exceeded my expectations.

SAN FELIPE: Here, the level of and execution of the detailing is stunning. The artisanship is simply fantastic and over-the-top. It competes "bow-to-bow" with any SF model on the market that I have seen and beats any of them, hand down. The model is WAY better than the photographs and GREATLY exceeded my expectations. I could go on and on about this model..... I love it.

SHIPPING: Packaging was A+! Well designed, straightforward, and very effective. And best, no damage.

SUGGESTIONS: Meant somewhat tongue-in-cheek: Frank, you need better photographs! The gap between what the photos convey and then what the models themselves convey is dramatic. That said, I'll tell you it is a wonderful experience to see something that is actually MUCH better looking than its photographs!

Would I purchase another of your models? Oh my God, yes! I am already trying to figure out which model I want next (likely HMS Victory).

So I'm now a huge fan.

Ray E."

 

 

"I just wanted to let you know that I uncrated the San Felipe Friday and I'm very pleased to report that it arrived without any damage at all.  I am also very pleased with this ship and the unexpected full carriage lower deck guns and the working stern lights.

When and which model do you think will sail next?

Best Regards,
R. White"