|Ship name||Soleil Royal|
|Scale||1 : 77|
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The French SOLEIL ROYAL, named in honour of the Sun KING, Louis XIV, was one of the most powerful warships of her time. The SOLEIL ROYAL was launched 1669 in Brest, carried 104 cannons, and as flagship of the French Navy was extensively decorated with wooden carvings. A seahorse flanked by winged maidens was carved as figurehead.
Admiral Tourville led the French fleet of 70 ships to a victory against the united English and Dutch fleet of 57 ships at the battle of Beachy Head in July 1690. Two years later the situation was very different. At the battles of Barfleur and La Hogue on 20 May 1692, a French fleet with only 44 ships fought the English and Dutch with twice as many ships. Some the French ships could escape but the SOLEIL ROYAL was heavily damaged and ran aground when trying to escape to Cherbourg. On 23 May 1692 the English managed to burn her by fireships.
The ship's hull was painted in royal blue and gold. The decorations are shown in the model in very detail. The ship model was built without sails to allow for a better view on the very detailed, impressive rigging. The model clearly shows the impressive lines of hull and rigging that were typical of ships of that age. The flag at the stern shows the royal standard of the 17th century.
The finely worked, detailed ship model is 1 : 77 scale. Length is 101 cm, width 44 cm, height 92 cm.
The ship model's stand is made from ebony. It goes well with the planking. The model can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.
This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data are shown in the gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such a model by himself.