Spanish Galleon San Juan Nepomuceno

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In November of this year I celebrated the completion of a 6 year and 3 month attempt at building a wooden Spanish galleon... the San Juan Nepomucemo. This is my first ever wooden ship build ever. Yes, there are plenty of barrels of bourbon on the manifest. Needless to say, lots of blood, tears, mistakes, bourbon, and countless curse words went into this thing. There’s a mistake for every knot I tied (several thousand), but I did this my way. The kit was 50% material, 25% instructions that were more like riddles, 15% research, and 10% personal touches and concepts influenced by life experiences along the journey of building this gunship (Galleon).

If anyone has seen the movie Shawshank Redemption and recalls the oak tree at the end of the film, the gold lion figurehead, and a few other pieces on board, I hand carved out of oak from the very tree. A huge storm in Paris took down a London Prime tree on our street in Paris this past summer... using a piece of that trees fate, I carved blocks for the anchors. Lots of other eater eggs like this are throughout the ship. This was an incredible journey for me, including a four-year doldrum of creativity in which the hull sat completed without any masts or sails, but there were other “ships” I was building in life at that time.

I’d be happy to share photos I’ve taken throughout this journey and share any tips/tricks I came up with myself.

Cheers .

”Don't spend your entire life building a ship, without ever tasting the salt of the ocean.”
-Alexander Den Heijer

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For the first-timer in wood modeling, you have great success! She looks awesome! Lots of details and the figurehead carvings is very nice. :)
 

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Mike,
what I see is a beautiful model worthy to display and be proud of. I can tell you that all of us can point out our own mistakes and failures. I can tell you from my own experience in building the first full-blown large model that I had many questions and mistakes. The next one might be a little less, but each model is going to bring with it some questions as I have found out.
I have to give you a lot of thumbs up for this one - I think you did a splendid job and wish to add this to the Gallery Showcase.
 

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Hallo Mike,
very good model - and my congratulations for finishing her First Place Metal

We would be happy, if you would show us in a building log the different works and methods - would be great to see
 
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Mike, what I see is a beautiful model worthy to display and be proud of. I can tell you that all of us can point out our own mistakes and failures. I can tell you from my own experience in building the first full-blown large model that I had many questions and mistakes. The next one might be a little less, but each model is going to bring with it some questions as I have found out.
I have to give you a lot of thumbs up for this one - I think you did a splendid job and wish to add this to the Gallery Showcase
Feel free to share indeed. Thank you. I've decided on my next project to build an 8th century Viking ship from scratch. Just give me a few years.
 
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