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About Elia

  • Birthday April 29

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    Rose Valley, PA
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    ship modeling, photography, bicycling, motorcycling, cooking

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  1. What have you received today?

    Dxiadeczek, Hoping you have a speedy recovery! My wife had a hip replaced this past November. All the best, Elia Gianopulos

    Beautiful model and congratulations on having it displayed at the Mariners Museum. I see the SS United States on my trips to the waterfront of the Delaware river in south Philadelphia. Sadly she's in need of some TLC these days.
  3. finished04.jpg

    John, Very clean, clear work. Very, very nice. Elia
  4. This paper back supplement to volume IV of the The Fully Framed Model Swan series is a little gem. For those who may not see themselves building the Swan ship, but are looking for a well thought out approach to scale sails which can be displayed deployed or furled, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this booklet. David presents his approach, including a multi-part jig, in clear and logical steps. The example sail he presents is square rigged sail for Swan, though one can easily employ his approach for triangular or other configurations. I plan on using this approach on my schooner's sails - none of which are square. David uses what I will refer to as mixed media as a means of achieving his scale sails, with the basic sail material being silk span. His results are impressive, and his process appears to me that one, with a little practice, can achieve a surprisingly realistic set of scale sails. My experience with silk span sails in the past was mixed - owing to the materials and process I had read of and employed on my Oneida brig. While my sails would furl, I couldn't keep bolt ropes attached, I had difficulty with cringes, etc. I had used a PVA glue/water/acrylic paint applied to the sail, and PVA glue for all of the attached strips and ropes. [writer's note - do not follow my aforementioned materials - they will lead you to frustrating times]. David's set of materials and approach allows for clear panel lines, tablings, grommets, cringles, and reefing points. He shows how sails present light as both front and back lit, and his approach yields a very realistic semi-transparent panels and overlaps. At the end of the supplement he provides guidance on bending the sail to a yard, reeving details, and then how to furl the sails. Highly recommended! Elia Gianopulos
  5. R.I.P. Captain Bob

    I had wondered what had happened with Bob, as I emailed him about the forest fires around Prescott and didn't receive any response. My sympathy and condolences to his wife and family. He was a kind, gentle, straight forward man and I enjoyed our discussions on building our schooners at the same time. He is missed. Elia
  6. A 5

    Thanasis - Congratulations on your expertly executed boat model. The colors and details give it great life. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Cheers, Elia
  7. #15

    Popeye, This has such a feel of a real, live working boat. Well done! Elia
  8. Deck from starboard

    Lovely model of Emma Berry, John.
  9. VOLVO OR 70 24 006

    Pete - congratulations on this very finely modeled, unique racing boat. Very sharp modeling and finish. Beautiful work. Elia
  10. IMGP1298

    Stunning model!
  11. Dave, Congratulations on completion and such a really sharp looking boat. Very, very nice. Elia
  12. CIMG3187

    Absolutely beautiful and detailed model Nils. The close up shots show such fine execution. It carries quite a lot of detail. And is a type of vessel not regularly shown here on MSW. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing it here. Cheers, Elia
  13. Stern view

    Very nicely done model! Elia

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