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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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Belem Training Ship Model: 1/75 Faithful Wooden Replica of the French Boat

Artesania Latina’s modelers have created a spectacular wooden ship model. It is a faithful miniature wooden replica of the oldest three-masted sailing ship on the planet, which still sails the seas today: the Belem Training Ship Model at 1/75 scale.

The great French ship, destined to the learning of the new Gallic sailors, is beauty. It is also majesty and the history of world navigation. 125 years of history endorse it as a world nautical reference.

For just over a year, our model makers have put all their effort and knowledge into naval modeling so that the Belem training ship model from France is identical to the original boat. That is why the Belem Foundation has formally accredited the design and commercialization of the scale model of the French ship.

Naval modeling. Belem Training Ship Model 1/75 Scale (22519).


The level of detail work is astonishingly high on this 1/75 scale modeling kit. In this sense, the Belem wooden scale model is aimed at advanced level modelers, the one before the expert. The level of difficulty in its assembly and in the knowledge of the necessary tools for this is located at 3 of the 4 existing.

The objective of Artesania Latina with this fantastic wooden reproduction is that our faithful friends modellers from all over the world enjoy its construction. It has more than 1,300 pieces in wood and metal.

When the modeler finishes assembling the model kit for this boat, the wooden model measures 31.73” (806 mm) length, 10.07” (256 mm) width and 21.25” (540 mm) height. That is, it can preside over any room given its large size and beauty.

Naval modeling. Belem Training Ship Model 1/75 Scale (22519).


Among the contents, the presence of laser cut board to different thicknesses, slats and rods of birch wood, linden veneer, chemical cuttings in steel and in brass and cast parts stand out.

In addition, to emphasize the realism of the Belem training ship model, decals are included for the details of the hull such as the depth marks or the name of the ship itself. Also, cotton cloth sails identical to the originals and ready to be placed and cotton thread for the rigging.

Naval modeling. Belem Training Ship Model 1/75 Scale (22519).

To all this is added a very important gift for the exhibition of this naval scale model at home or in the office when the modeler finishes building it. The wooden base is essential.

One of the most impressive buildable parts of the Belem training ship model at 1/75 scale is its bow winch. The thirty parts you need to assemble is an accurate reflection of the level of detail in the design of the Gallic scale model.

Naval modeling. Belem Training Ship Model 1/75 Scale (22519).

Here you can see even more precisely the impressive winch of the Belem training ship model.

In this video you can see which are the components of the Belem naval modeling kit with greater precision.


But before exposing it, of course, you have to build the model of the Belem school ship. For this, the Artesania Latina‘s modelers have designed the best step-by-step instructions in color. With around 1,500 images and video tutorials in DVD format!

The DVD also includes a magnificent digital poster of the 1/1 scale model of the French ship.

Naval modeling. Belem Training Ship Model 1/75 Scale (22519).

We care about being up-to-date with digital times. At the same time, we preserve forests in these times when taking care of our planet has become a priority objective for Humanity.

The modeler can easily enlarge digital instructions on his computer or tablet, accurately view even the smallest detail. In this way, we combine modernity with tradition, helping and encouraging new generations of modelers to join this wonderful hobby.

The model maker has a specific set of paints and finishes to paint the boat. It is for sale separately and facilitates the painting of the Belem training ship model at 1/75 scale made of wood.

Ship modeling. Paints and Finishes for 1/75 scale Belem Training School Ship Model (22519).

Read the post about the history of Belem here…