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
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.
San Felipe masterpiece features:
parts are wooden or metal
Metal barrels on
wooden carriages that sit on real decks (better than
Gold plated on
37" long x 34" tall x 13" wide.
S&H is $150
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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
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
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.