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Galleon Model Kit San Francisco II: Know its Secrets with this Beautiful 1/50 Scale Wooden Section

Galleons appeared in the middle of the 16th century thanks to the Spanish Armada. For 150 years, they were the warships and transport par excellence. Its three deck levels, the richness of its equipment and its imposing and robust appearance make the Section of San Francisco II at scale 1/50 a wooden galleon model kit truly splendid. Discover all the secrets of the galleons!

Galleon Model Kit. Section of San Francisco II at 1/50 Scale (20403).

The galleon model with the Section of San Francisco II from the 16th century is a fantastic naval modeling kit in wood aimed at beginners modelers. Building this scale model, the modeler can examine in depth the construction and structure of this Spanish ship. Best of all, you can see in detail all the elements that make up its three decks. This fact allows the fan of this hobby to get an idea of ​​what life was like on board.

Galleon Model Kit. Section of San Francisco II at 1/50 Scale (20403).

The central section of this galleon model shows the interior of the ship and wonderful details. Cannons and their metal bullets, gun carriages, buckets, casks/barrels, sacks, winches and bilge pumps, among many other objects of the time.

Galleon Model Kit. Section of San Francisco II at 1/50 Scale (20403).

The faithful miniature replica of the Section of the Galleon San Francisco II has two bridge , since the lower deck lacks cannons. Latter was intended for loading and transporting food, gunpowder and other belongings. Once built, the scale model measures 4.72” (120mm) length, 26.14” (664mm) height and 12.28” (312mm) width.


The wooden naval modeling kit with the San Francisco II galleon section model includes high quality parts for precise and friendly assembly. Among many other elements, it contains high precision laser cut board, noble woods, brass and die-cast parts and fabric, such as the adhesive fabric with the flag. Likewise, as a gift for our modeling friends, it includes a small exhibition base with a metal plate for display. In this way, the galleon model will shine in all its splendor at any of the rooms of your home, workshop or office.

For the assembly you can follow our complete full color step-by-step guide on DVD format for your computer. All stages of the assembly are perfectly reflected in these instructions by means of legends and visual explanations. The galleon model kit does not come with printed instructions because Artesania Latina is committed to the environmental preservation of our planet.

Also, its parts list is especially clear and pleasant. Instead of bringing only names of parts and their quantities, each element comes with the image that represents it. In this way, the task of recognizing the parts is made easier for the modeler who builds the model.

You can consult the contents of the naval modeling kit with the galleon model of San Francisco II Section thanks to the video below presenting the scale model made by Artesania Latina. Please note that only digital instructions are available now, it does not contain paper instructions.

The galleon model Section San Francisco II at 1/50 scale is one of the best rated by all modelers regardless of their origin. Dare to assemble the scale model of one of the naval historical gems!

Galleon Model Kit. Section of San Francisco II at 1/50 Scale (20403).

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Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72: Possibly, the Best Naval Scale Model in Wood in 2021

Our model of the Swedish warship Vasa is impressive, we presented it to you months ago. The level of detail of Soleil Royal ship model at 1/72 scale is simply unimaginable. It is, without a doubt, currently the flagship of the firm Artesania Latina, with the permission of the King of France Louis XIV, who ordered the construction of the original in 1669. Almost a meter scale model in wood of the majestic Soleil Royal!

Ship Modeling. 1/72 Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 in Wood (22904).

The powerful French warship in line possessed 104 guns at first, but then 8 more were added. It was fundamental in the Nine Years War in 1688. The wooden naval modeling kit Soleil Royal, a 17th century boat, for modeler with an elite level of skills, for the master, it can be assembled like the real boat at your own workshop. This is so because the actual construction system of the ship using false keel and frames is the one that has been adopted for the model itself.

Ship Modeling. 1/72 Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 in Wood (22904).

The faithful miniature replica, made of wood, of the Gallic ship Soleil Royal at 1/72 scale has been created from 0. Our team has been informed with all the existing naval historical documentation to reflect faithfully the knowledge assumed in the modeling kit. Why? Because the Soleil Royal ship model is as similar as possible to this baroque ship that the sailors of the time fell in love with.

Ship Modeling. 1/72 Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 in Wood (22904).

Once built, the wooden model measures 36.13” (935mm) long x 11.7” (285mm) wide x 34.29” (875mm) high.

Next, we highlight the details that make this scale model an irreplaceable artwork of the naval modeling.


The quality of the parts that a naval modeling kit brings is essential for the modeler. When you open the box, what you expect is to find components of the highest level. The Soleil Royal ship model, made by Artesania Latina, even exceeds those expectations, its parts are of Premium quality .

Ship Modeling. 1/72 Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 in Wood (22904).

It has 16 plywood and solid wood plates with high precision laser cut parts so that the modeler can fit them perfectly. We cut the parts to the micron and meet that high quality standard that we propose for our product catalog. To help our modelers friends even more, the parts have been engraved on the plate itself: you can see the number and some indications so that it can be quickly located during assembly.

Ship Modeling. 1/72 Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 in Wood (22904).

It should be noted that our wooden parts have a eco-sustainable origin, including strips and veneers, among other elements. In these turbulent times that we run, Artesania Latina keep betting for the environmental conservation of our planet.


This new and shiny Soleil Royal shipt model at 1/72 sclae has very numerous and very realistic finishes. It has 5 photo-etched plates in brass, steel and die-cast that give this modeling kit a great superiority over the rest, given the large number of sculptures and other details it includes. Possibly the scale model that has the most in the entire market .

Ship Modeling. 1/72 Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 in Wood (22904).

Our 3D designers and our modelers have jointly achieved very fine and elegant photo-etched parts to “help the modeler during assembly,” they comment, “thus giving spectacular finishes to this jewel of naval modeling”. It has been a commendable job digitally sculpting so many parts, and the result is incredible.

Ship Modeling. 1/72 Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 in Wood (22904).

The transom windows, the rear side windows and the lanterns have a very elaborate design, they are very easy to assemble. The seconds can be illuminated and allow light to pass outside through the transparent acetate sheets that the modeling kit comes with.

Here are more images so that the modeler reader can get a better idea of ​​the greatness that Soleil Royal ship model represents.

Thanks to the unboxing video below, you can see all the many magnificent parts that Soleil Royal wooden modeling kit brings.


In the new 1/72 scale model of the Gallic warship Soleil Royal, we have developed a pre-installation LED lighting system. They have added “small supports in different lanterns”, specifies the 3D designer. Thus, the modeler friend who wishes to can attach LED lights so that the Soleil Royal ship model dazzles by its beauty anyone who passes by once exposed, it seems come alive.

To illuminate your Soleil Royal shipmodel, Artesania Latina gives you the opportunity to acquire the LED Lighting Set for Models and DIY Projects, not included in the aforementioned naval modeling kit. This has fixed lights and candle effect, battery holder and on / off switch to turn it on and off.

Soleil Royal Ship Model Accessory (22904). LED Lighting Set for Models and DIY Projects.


This new scale model of the French ship Soleil Royal has extensive, precise and very elaborate step-by-step instructions with full color photos. And Artesania Latina makes it even easier for the modeler with the inclusion of video tutorials. All on DVD format for the computer.

Artesania Latina modelers explain, in detail and without giving rise to the slightest doubt, the assembly process of the entire ship model in its almost 400 pages and 2,000 digital images. The modeler is provided with an improved and friendly building experience.


As a gift included in the modeling kit of the French ship model called Soleil Royal, the precious exhibiton base to splendidly display your scale model once it is finished. In addition, it has a classic and beautiful name plate in metal.

The exhibition base of the new Soleil Royal Ship Model (22904) comes as a gift with the modeling kit.

You can add even more life to your model of the French ship Soleil Royal with the Free Set of 12 Figurines to be assembled and painted that the naval modeling kit brings as a bonus. We also have paints for the figurines ! You can choose between using the Basic Set or the Advanced Set. Do not hesitate to buy these acrylic water-based paints separately.

Free Set of 14 Figurines for Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 (Included in the modeling kit).


For sale separately, the Soleil Royal ship model has a set to achieve the best finishes and to further highlight its majesty. The modeler can now find the exclusive Paints Set. 12 jars of 20 ml each, with quick drying water-based acrylic paints. Its colors: off white (x2), off black (x2), hull red, Prussian blue (x2), buff, cocoa brown, gold, burnt umber and vermilion.

Set of 12 Acrylic Water Paints for Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72.

At this point, we encourage our modeling friends to visit the product sheet of the Soleil Royal. Assemble this naval modeling artwork for elite hobbyists. They will not be able to stop enjoying their favorite hobby !

Ship Modeling. 1/72 Soleil Royal Ship Model 1/72 in Wood (22904).

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Juan Sebastian Elcano Model: the Spanish Training Ship Sails the Seas for Beginners thanks to its 1/250 New Modeling Kit

We have redesigned and manufactured it again to delight lovers of naval modeling, especially for those who want to start in this wonderful hobby. Why? Because the renewed wooden and high quality ABS plastic ship model of the Spanish school vessel called Juan Sebastian Elcano is, in this way, the easiest to assemble of the entire market, so it is the perfect scale model for any beginner modeler to start over 14 years old. The new Elcano will provide you with a new mounting experience. Also the possibility of building either the aforementioned model or its Chilean brother Esmeralda. They are two of the novelties of the modeling kit!

Wooden Ship Modeling Kit. New Spanish Training Ship Model Juan Sebastian Elcano and Esmeralda 1/250 (22260).

It is a replica of the famous brigantine-schooner, whose name comes from the Spanish explorer who as captain gave the first round the world in 1552, having to replace Fernando de Magallanes. The ship modeling kit of the new Juan Sebastian Elcano model, designed by Artesania Latina, contains high-quality birch wood cut with laser and an one-part helmet made of ABS plastic for a less arduous assembly. Also, pre-cut sails to be cut and placed, cotton threads and many details in metal and photo-etched. We cannot forget a magnificent gift: a wooden base so that the scale model is perfectly exposed. With the name plates and the national flags of both Elcano and Esmeralda!

Wooden Ship Modeling Kit. New Spanish Training Ship Model Juan Sebastian Elcano and Esmeralda 1/250 (22260).

Discover all the contents of the wooden naval modeling kit of the Elcano and Esmeralda school ship by watching the video below. Take a look with us!


To achieve this assembly goal, the modeling kit of the Spanish school ship also has new video instructions. The naval modeler can look at a simple step-by-step building process. With a large number of details so that the assembly of each thread, each block and each rigging is clearly explained without difficult texts full of technical words.

Wooden Ship Modeling Kit. New Spanish Training Ship Model Juan Sebastian Elcano and Esmeralda 1/250 (22260).

Our Artesania Latina’s modeler says that “this scale model is built quickly, if you work eight hours a day it will be finished in two or three weeks, if you pay less attention, in just over a month”. This manifestation makes clear that it is an ideal miniature for those who want to start in naval modeling.


The ship modeler in charge of Juan Sebastian Elcano model project states that “it is very simple to build because the monohull is already assembled, and even brings all the bull eyes already made” to which Rodriguez adds that “the only thing that you must do is to paint in white the whole helmet, and then draw the waterline in order to paint in green the lower part of the helmet, being of course important the placement of the propeller and the anchor, then paint them too “.

Wooden Ship Modeling Kit. New Spanish Training Ship Model Juan Sebastian Elcano and Esmeralda 1/250 (22260).

Artesania Latina’s friends will enjoy a lot when they have Juan Sebastian Elcano’s and Esmeralda naval modeling kit on their hands, but according to our modeler, they will have fun on the rigging building process: “It is very entertaining to assemble because you have to create a beautiful swarm of threads with object to keep the sails and the five masts upright and balanced in their exact positions, besides that previously the poles must be measured, cut, dyed and varnished, however, the modeler do not suffer during their placement thanks to a very well explained instructions”, the professional of this hobby says.

Speaking about the school ship rigging majesty, you can see on the image below the large number of sails in its five masts and its beautiful arrangement, for which “it has been necessary a multitude of threads, and a required, conscientious and very funny work of ‘surgery’, especially, with the transversal threads”, the modeler is showing us delighted. If you want extra help, you have specific Micro Tools for Rigging, for sale separately.

Wooden Ship Modeling Kit. New Spanish Training Ship Model Juan Sebastian Elcano and Esmeralda 1/250 (22260).


The modeler points out that “several of the decorative elements on the deck of the Juan Sebastian Elcano model have been improved, as is the case of the stairs, the handrails, the anchors, the folded rescue boats and, apart, the exhibition base plate”.

These details are “more realistic and can be manipulated – the modeler continues – because they are manufactured in photo-etched, except lifeboats, which are now turned wood, while in the previous Juan Sebastian Elcano scale model all these were manufactured in die-cast, so the appearance was much coarser and less trustworthy”, the professional says. Elcano and Esmeralda figureheadsare wonderful“, she exclaims.

Wooden Ship Modeling Kit. New Spanish Training Ship Model Juan Sebastian Elcano and Esmeralda 1/250 (22260).

For more information about the wooden and plastic Juan Sebastian Elcano model (22260), please click here.


In March 5th, 1927, dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera’s daughter, Carmen Primo de Rivera, launched Juan Sebastian Elcano school ship in Cadiz. Although the first name the boat received was Minerva, which is the goddess that appears in the figurehead, by Royal Decree in 1925, was renamed with its current name, after the owner of the shipyards, Horacio Echevarria, urged to Primo de Rivera to tell the monarch Alfonso XIII that he wanted it.

As a curiosity, its first trip was from Cadiz to Malaga with the king on board the ship. Then moved to Seville, through the Guadalquivir river, where an Ibero-American Exposition was held. It also passed through the Canary Islands and then went to Guipuzcoa, where it received the combat flag. In this trial period that lasted until 1928, always in Spanish waters, Juan Sebastian Elcano traveled 5,769 nautical miles in 57 trips, at an average speed of 4.2 knots.

Just after, it undertook its first instruction cruise around the world in the opposite direction that Elcano did in the past, starting from Cadiz on August 1st 1928, where it returned on May 29th 1929. Two midshipmen have provided more packaging and history to this vessel: King Juan Carlos I, in 1958; and his son and current monarch of the Kingdom of Spain, Felipe VI, in 1987.


Juan Sebastian Elcano vessel (and its Chilean brother Esmeralda) has the following measures: 4,452’’ in length and 3,704’’ without the bowsprit; 515.7’’ of breadth; 341.7’’ of depth; and 275.6’’ of draught and 1,917’’ of air draught. In this sense, its structure is distributed in four essential areas that are the Quarter Deck, the Forecastle, the Waist and the Poop. The back main mast, whose name is Asturias, is located on the Quarter Deck, a place where all the most relevant events tend to take place.

The two 1.45” (37 mm) cannons used for the salutes are on the Forecastle zone, where the bowsprit with the figurehead and where the workings are executed, without forgetting that just below are the lower decks, toilets and lockers. On the Waist we can meet the main front mast, called Almansa, and the foremast, called Blanca. What has been arranged in this part? The bridge, the radio and meteorological stations, the kitchen, the dining rooms, the operating room, the sick bay and the defeat rooms.

Speaking of its propulsion, Elcano has a total of 20 sails, covering a gigantic area of 3,151 square meters, however, it also has a diesel engine to be able to navigate with a power of 2,070 cv approximately, reaching speeds of up to 16.5 knots.

About its armament, Juan Sebastian Elcano school ship possesses 2 cannons of 37 millimeters, 2 Browning machine guns of 12.7 mm and 2 MG-1 machine guns of 7.62 mm. Its crew is composed of 197 people, of which 24 are officers; 22, non-commissioned officers; 146, sailors; and 5 civilians. In addition, it has capacity for up to 78 midshipmen.


Juan Sebastian Elcano model school ship (22260) is, in short, the faithful miniature naval replica that any novice modeler should build. Once assembled, it has these measurements: Length 17.91” (455 mm) x Height 10.03” (255 mm) x Width 4.33” (110 mm).

On the video below, we present it in all its glory after being built.

Give the final touch to the scale model of Elcano and Esmeralda painting it with its Set of Paints, for sale separately. Perfect finishes!

Set of Paints New Spanish Training Ship Model Juan Sebastian Elcano and Esmeralda 1/250 (22260).In conclusion, with this fantastic naval modeling kit … You will have enormously fun and motivating times! Do not hesitate to give it to a family member or friend on these approaching dates. Or give yourself a gift! Start the path of naval modeling with us!

Wooden Ship Modeling Kit. New Spanish Training Ship Model Juan Sebastian Elcano and Esmeralda 1/250 (22260).

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History of the Belem Training Ship: The French Navigable Monument is 125 years

The French Training Ship Belem celebrates this 2021 one hundred and twenty-five years of history. It was launched in 1896 with a steel hull at the Dubigeon shipyard in Nantes for a purely commercial use between France and Brazil and the Indies for the transport of goods such as sugar or cocoa. To commemorate this important date, what better way to talk about its life, also full of great importance.

History of the Belem Training Ship. The French Sailboat, Docked in Port.

First, we must highlight the enormous measures of the Belem training ship. The boat is 51 meters length, not counting the 7 meters of the bowsprit, by 8.80 meters of maximum beam. In addition, it has three large masts 58 meters height.

The French Sailboat, Docked in Port.

Thanks to the efforts and money of its various owners, the Gallic ship is currently the last three-masted sailing ship to sail in all of Europe. In addition, it is the most precious jewel of the naval heritage of France. In this sense, the Belem received the classification of Historical Monument on February 27, 1984.

History of the Belem Training Ship. The French Sailboat, Docked in Port.

Throughout its history, the Belem school ship has suffered many mishaps and inconveniences, as happens with almost all old ships that still ply the waters of the Earth. This long-lived cargo sailboat passed alternately by English, Italian and again French hands.

With the successive implantation of the steamship, the sailboats of maritime routes gradually disappeared. In 1914 it happened to the Belem when it was acquired by the Duke of Westminster, who decided to transform the ship into an excellent leisure boat. Curiously, it had to be docked on the English Isle of Wight for several years because of the bloody World War I.


At the beginning of the 20s of the last century, another lover of the Belem school ship, in this case, Arthur Ernest Guinness, bought the three-masted sailboat and went around the world with his whole family. As mentioned previously, the French ship also passed through Italian hands since 1951, establishing itself as the Italian training ship.

Real image of the command post of the French Belem School Ship.

The Belem was motorized and renamed for various uses – luxury cruise and training ship. Finally, he was discovered by chance in Venice in a sorry state in the late 1970s by a nostalgic hobbyist.

Purchased with the support of a large French bank, the sailboat returned to its native country in 1979. The bank financed the Belem Foundation, which began its restoration. Currently, the Belem training ship is now converted to cabotage as it offers introductory and discovery courses for enthusiasts. It is destined for the French Navy for the training of its cabin boys, appearing also in the great meetings of traditional sailboats.The last works carried out have been the restoration of the furniture with mahogany wood from Cuba.

Live the passion for history and naval modeling with the fantastic model of the French training ship Belem 1/75. A museum jewel for your eyes!

Naval modeling. Belem French Training Ship Model at 1/75 scale (22519).

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