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  1. Building the Artesania Latina(AL) San Juan Nepomuceno (SJN). The kit was purchased in Barcelona in a modeler’s shop called Casa Palau (Home Palau). The name Palau has some distant and fond memories, when on a navy pass, Palau was my first stage of a long trip to my home in North Eastern Italy . This was in my younger days when I was in the Italian Navy School at the Island of La Maddalena in Northern Sardinia. I commenced building this kit in May 2015 under the supervision of the ever-present Smokey my loving cat which died of cancer in February 2017. After that I was unable to give any attention to the model for more than 2 months. In August 2018 I had a surgical intervention on my left hand which I am still recovering from very slowly. The SJN is my second model, the first being the (AL)HMS Endeavour. Having said that, I was introduced to this hobby by my wife having received this wonderful model on my 60th birthday. I was somewhat puzzled then as I didn’t have a clue, or the know how, in building 18 centuries wooden ships models. My wife’s idea for me in having this kind of hobby for my retirement present was fantastic, but as I realized very quickly, that this was not going to be an easy task . However, in the meantime, I was recalled by my ex employer and worked as consultant for another 5 years, consequently the kit remained in the box. Finally, in between many trials and tribulations the (AL) HMS Endeavor was completed in 2013. After that challenge I was’’ bitten’’ by the hobby. What surprises me is that two years later instead of going for an easier model I went for even a more challenging one, maybe it is the nature of my character. I must emphasize that the AL SJN kit was marred from the very beginning. The AL Elite Series are made by their branch in Hong Kong and it shows in the quality and parts some of which were undersupplied and some oversupplied. The kit’s wooden parts are all in walnut, however in my kit most the sticks and dowels were all warped , the plywood wood quality was horrendous as the glued compressed sides came apart easily, even when filing it with a simple nail file. The false keel was packed in plywood as well. Coupled with all this, the main bulkhead frame was warped, the cannon bores were of centre and one anchor was twisted. This is a cat.4 difficulty but the difficulty is compounded even more due to the poor quality of the parts. However, AL kindly assisted me during this time, right up to now and although the parts took some time to get to Cape Town (8 weeks) , their response and support is very good. In South Africa it is very difficult to get tools and parts for this hobby, and what is available on line is at an horrendous price due to our currency being worth a fig!! And the delivery costs are prohibitive un less you want to mortgage your house !! I can’t count the amount of hours spent on this kit , neither my exasperation, confusion, satisfaction, and fascination. I have added some extra details that are not part of the kit or the given drawings. Therefore, one must adapt, plan, and use brain resources. During my ship modelling I had help from a friend in the USA a lot of encouragement from my wife. Hopefully the attached phots will encourage beginners like myself. SAN JUAN NEPOMUCENO HISTORY: San Juan Nepomuceno was a Spanish ship of the line launched in 1765 from the royal shipyard in Guarnizo (Catanbria). Like many 18th century Spanish warships she was named after a saint (John of Nemomuk). She was a solidly built ship of proven seaworthy qualities. Captured by the British Royal Navy during the Battle of Trafalgar, the ship was renamed first HMS Berwick, then HMS San Juan. The ship was discarded in 1816. Design and description Her sister, were San Pascual, San Francisco de Asis, San Lorenzo, Santo Domingo and San Augustin. She was originally fitted with a total of 74 cannons: 28 24-pounders, 30 18-pounders, 8 12-pounders and 8 8-pounders, and was manned by 8 officers, 11 midshipmen, 19 leading seamen and 492 able seamen (530 total). Her supply capacity was for 60 days victuals and 80 days water. Service history She rendered numerous important services to the Armada, some of them in the Caribbean where she participated in several sieges and was distinguished in 1779. In 1793, she took part in the Anglo-Spanish occupation of Toulon under the command of Admiral Don Juan de La’ngara. Four years later, in 1797, she was part of a Spanish fleet under Teniente General Jose’ de Cordoba y Ramos at fought against the British at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. Battle of Trafalgar The Battle of Trafalgar is the historical feat in which she participated and of which we have the best account. In spite of being dismasted by Admiral Nelson’s artillery on 21 October 1805, she achieved glory in this battle under the command of the commander Don Cosme Damian Churruca and constituted for the Spaniards a handsome example of the heroism of their nation and the bravery of their sailors. San Juan Nepomuceno was one of the last ships still fighting after most of the French ships had surrendered and most of the Spanish ships had either been captured or had yielded. The commander, Don Cosme Churruca, had previously ordered for the flag to be nailed to the highest mast.] At the time, it was commonplace for ships to signal surrender by lowering their nation’s flag. 'Nailing the flag' was a way to tell the enemy, allies, and indeed the ship's own crew and officers not to expect an easy surrender. As the hours passed Churruca, whose leg had been torn off by a cannonball] the deck of his ship covered by the blood of his wounded and dead seamen, continued to stubbornly order his ship's batteries to fire. Mortally wounded, the Basque-born Churruca prohibited his officers from surrendering and ordered them to continue returning fire whilst he remained breathing. His officers kept their word, even after Churruca died and command of the ship had been passed to the second -in command, Francisco de Moyna,] who continued the fight until he himself was killed. He was replaced by the next officer in command who also refused to surrender. However, unable to break the circle of fire formed by the six enemy ships, including Defiance, Tonnant and Dreadnought, and in order to prevent the ship from sinking with all the wounded trapped below, the last officer left alive in San Juan Nepomuceno yielded with over 400 dead and injured on board. Royal Navy service After Trafalgar, the ship was taken into British service and briefly renamed HMS Berwick before adopting the name HMS San Juan. In honour of Churruca's courage, the cabin he had occupied while alive bore his name on a brass plate, and all who entered it were required to remove their hats as a mark of respect for a gallant enemy. She initially served as a base hulk at Gibraltar from 1805 to 1808 before being recommissioned in September 1808 as a prison ship under Commander John Gourly.[ During the Penisula War San Juan was fitted to act as flagship to a flotilla of gunboats based in Gibraltar. For this task she was re-rated as a Sloop and placed under the command of Commander Thomas Vivion, who was the first flotilla commander, taking post in 1810. He was followed subsequently by Commander James Tillard who took command in 1812. There were a total of fourteen lieutenants under his command, each of whom took charge of one of the gunboats in the flotilla. As the gunboats had little capacity for accommodation, the lieutenants were assigned to, and lived aboard San Juan. In later service San Juan acted as flagship to the admirals appointed as Commander-in-Chief Gibraltar. In 1813 she was flagship to Rear Admiral Samuel Hood Linzee with Captain John Fraser acting as flag captain. In 1814 she was flagship to Rear Admiral Charles Elphinstone Fleeming with Captain Gardiner Henry Guion acting as flag captain. Her final commission began in October 1814 when she reverted to her original role as a base hulk under the command of Lieutenant Charles M'Kenzie. San Juan was finally paid off and sold at Gibratalr on 8 January 1816.] Sources & references · John D. Harbron, Trafalgar and the Spanish Navy (1988) ISBN 0-87021-695-3 · Rif Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817 (2005) ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4 · Robert Gardiner, Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars (2000) ISBN 978-1-86176-292-4 · Historia del navío de línea San Juan Nepomuceno (in Spanish)
  2. Well my first ever wooden ship build will be the San Juan Nepomuceno - Boat Auxiliar a cheapish model I picked up from an online retailer (BNA) here in Australia. Without much further ado here is a photograph of the kit unboxed. I had to scale this down as I believe there my be a limit to image size on the forum.
  3. G'Day all, I started this kit a nearly 7 years ago and it got mothballed until now, i've looked around and i can not find too many builds on this model so i thought i would start my own, it is also my first build so we can learn together and you from the mistakes i make. ive never made a log before so im sure it will get better as i go along. so i had already started putting the frames into the false keel, added the aft and bow blocks and planked the both of them and completed it right up to planking the 2nd gun deck 7 years ago cue 2018 and where we are starting again is step 17 planking for forecastle and quarter deck. this step was relatively easy laying the planks gluing them and nailing them into place, take your time getting the center plank straight it will affect the all the planks if this one is not straight. i didnt like the look of the nails being brass so i sanded over them and doing so made them more flush with the planks all round better imo remember to predrill your holes makes life alot easier i used a little hand drill to do this, i took alot of time sanding the decks and to get the shape in line with the frames of the sides to get the couture right and ALOT of time to get the planks level with each other on the decks, the variance of the planks sizes is massive and took alot to get them right, also the colour difference is quite varied but it will add to the models uniqueness i reckon and not make it look like just another mass production kit where they all look the same, i also noticed i had been using the wrong size planks to glue vertically on the bulkhead, they where meant to be 2mm thick, but due to the massive variances i thought the 1.7mm planks where the 2mm...i was wrong the 2mm ones are 2.3mm but at this stage looking forward i doubt it will make any difference what so ever. i will just be a tad more cautious moving forward, i hope your kit has a better QA then mine. silly me 7 years ago...i just hope 7 year old younger me has not made too many more mistakes but its apart of learning and nothing i shouldnt be able to fix with the advice on this site and some ingenuity. the model is in pretty good condition for being in storage for 7 years there is only one bit of damage and its the corner of the false keel frame, im sure i will be able to fix this later on, im not worried. well the build will continue tonight ill take some more photos and upload. any comments or critiques please comment below i want to learn Hooroo for now. Qweryninja85
  4. This is my first build. I am not sure how to start a log, but here I go. I will go over some of the mistakes I made and how I fixed them. I tried using the Fair-A-Frame, but found that just using a square was simpler since the bulkheads touched the keel. In the first photo there is a bulkhead that was glued lower than it should be. I glued a strip on top of it and sanded it down to the correct level. I have a few photos and will add them shortly.
  5. This my very first try to make a wooden ship my very first big mistake I have made is that I have slided the wooden strips for the false cannons through beams soaked, becouse I believed it was easier to bend them and pass them through. Next day the whole structure was twisted several degrees closkwise. Since the damage was done, and that time I wasn familiar neither had the guts to start all over from scratch (since I have the draws I could easily made new beams), I have decided to fill bath with water and let all structure to get soaked well, and sieze it with clamps and let it dry, with the hope that will be turned back to its original position. The success was up to 90-05%, I wasnt sure If I could make the second try to look better, so I kept it. Iam not sure if the kit had some flaws, or it was result from the twisting, I had to made some adjustment for teh poop deck

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