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Soleil Royal
Unassembled plastic model kit

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Manufacturer: Heller Model Kits
Stock Number: HEL 80899
Scale: 1/100
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This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.

Important note: This kit contains fully illustrated instructions in French ONLY.
For an extensive rigging reference, see R.C. Anderson's excellent The Rigging of Ships: in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast.

The exact launch date of the Flagship of the French fleet, SOLEIL ROYAL (Le Soleil Royale) with its 104 cannons, is a matter of controversy. Many historians say 1690 whilst others are of the opinion that she was engaged in combat in the Mediterranean Sea as early as the 1670's. History goes that she was built in Brest between 1669 and 1671 by engineer Laurent Hubac, and commissioned as the flagship of the escadre du Ponant (squadron of the Ponant). She was built after King Louis XIV, Soleil Royal (Le Soleil Royale) was the symbol of grace and ability. As the flagship of the French Navy, Soleil Royal (Le Soleil Royale) was sumptuously decorated with wooden carvings symbolic of the French monarch. She led the French fleet at the Battle of Beachy Head ("Bataille de Beveziers"), in 1690. The squadron met a 97-ship strong English and Dutch fleet. In spite of their numerical inferiority, the French attacked, forcing enemy ships to flee with significant losses (Battle of La Hougue). In 1692, Soleil Royal (Le Soleil Royale) was hauled up onto the beach at Cherbourg for repairs. At port, it was a defenseless target for the Dutch and British attack on June 2nd and 3rd. The loss Soleil Royal--the most impressive tall ship that France ever built, together with 18 others, was the most serious naval setback for France in the 17th century. Today, Soleil Royal (Le Soleil Royale) remains France's cry of courage.

  • Plastic kit for static display
  • 2300 parts in Brown, Tan, Black & White plastic plus vacuum-formed sails.
  • Detailed hull replicates the carvings along the sides, bow, and stern of the original and also includes the gunports for the cannon.
  • Full mast detail with cross spars and crow's nests
  • Deck detail includes hatches, bulkheads, and lifeboats.
  • The kit includes a special "rigging machine" for making the ratlines for the masts.
  • 2 spools of different thickness thread to make the ratlines and other rigging.

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