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Elia

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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. Hi Dave, I've been on the fence about purchasing a hybrid saw for some time, with its focus on home renovation projects. I've made a cabinet with a friend who has a serious home woodworking shop and have a healthy respect for the tablesaw. Now you've given me pause to consider it vs the bandsaw. Those are good points. I had wondered about sticks cut from a larger board warping and you've confirmed that that can occur. I like the idea of not having to wait for an order - cutting what one needs as the need arises. I don't have a thickness sander but am pretty close to ordering a Byrnes model soon. My current schooner won't require much wood for the masting, though whatever my next build is will likely be a POF and boxwood is likely my wood species if choice. Thanks
  2. What are your thoughts on purchasing a board of Costello and cutting sticks from it? I have Byrnes saw (a gem), and while I don't (yet) have a full size tablesaw I have a number of friends who do. While a board may cost ~$100 I could cut all I need and much more from that single board.
  3. On these schooners - from what I've seen and read - the masts were made single, giant tree timbers. It's quite possible some were built up as on clipper ships. Elia
  4. Thanks for the ideas gents. I contacted Syren and they don't produce strip stock as long as I need - my schooner has lower masts requiring 24 inch lengths. Long ago I had purchased Oneida and some various hardwood stock from the Lumberyard so I'll look into them also. Their wood was pretty nice. I didn't purchase much boxwood back then; I think it was swiss pear, maple, and beech.
  5. Shipwrights - I'm looking to purchase some Castello boxwood masting stock to replace the basswood I had originally used on my schooner model. This past March I looked into Crown Timberyard and found their website down for business. I've just looked again and it appears they are still down. Do any of you know if they are still viable? I haven't been around here much so I don't know what the current news and scuttlebutt is. Thanks, Elia
  6. Lawrence, It is great to see you've begun your Oliver Cromwell build. You're off to a great start with the binnacle and the beginnings of framing. And the stamps - that is funny to see. Have fun! Elia
  7. Patrick, Amazing work! The layering and nesting of tiny, fine details requires lots of time to enjoy and comprehend. I spent quite some time catching up on this thread and little jewel of a model over the weekend. Beautiful work. Cheers, Elia
  8. Outstanding Frank. That winder mechanism, the support frame, and the blocks are terrific. Cheers, Elia
  9. Hi Lawrence, Thanks for dropping in. Now that spring is here and my basement isn't uncomfortably cold I will get back to finishing those blocks. I purchased essentially all but the very smallest blocks for my schooner from Siren Ship as the build up blocks. The very smallest blocks required were smaller than the smallest size Chuck offers. For those Chuck tried to create some custom small blocks but couldn't get them work out, so I purchased some if his standard blocks for those smallest sizes. The blocks look surprisingly realistic for a built up internally iron stropped type. The only 'limiting' aspect I had to accept was that the blocks are available in fewer block sizes than the range specified for the actual ship. Not too big of an issue for me. Those books of Ed T's on his clipper model Young America are as impressive as his build. I've got both books and await the next one on rigging. Just last night I dropped them off with my dad - for his perusal and enjoyment - while he recovers from a medical set back. He really loves clipper ships so I'll bet he spends hours wading into the books and plans. Honestly, I can't consider something like Young America for years (more than a decade) ... my family consumes far too much time and its only once the kids are through college that I would have the time to devote to such a massive undertaking. All I want is to keep making progress, as slow as it is, on my Arethusa. Cheers, Elia
  10. Lawrence, You're a lucky man to have such a talented and helpful Admiral! I look forward to seeing your Oliver Cromwell take shape. I'm certain you'll excel at it Lawrence. I have a Harold Hahn book on his models and modeling approaches, and I've seen his models at the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Virginia - quite impressive. The internally iron stropped blocks I purchased from Siren Ship Model Company are fixed blocks. Due to their components and assembly approach they resemble working blocks convincingly but are just static, fixed blocks. I wouldn't be surprised if some enterprising modeler could or would convert then into working blocks... but the "sheave" is actually part of the glued 'structure' of the block... so I'm not quite sure how one would do it. Those blocks are really meant for late 19th and early 20th century ships, and I think Chuck's basic blocks would work better for your OC build. cheers, Elia
  11. Lawrence, Wow. I've had some time to catch on your Golden Hind build - and voila its complete (with a beautiful case no less)! You've built a beautiful model. The hull details and finish are wonderful. The masting, rigging and sails of your ship ship give it such character. That will be a great center of interest where ever you display it. Cheers, Elia
  12. Russ, I've had a free moment to pop in and check into your lugger's progress - and I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing your hull and deck furniture develop. The hull painting really emphasizes to me the sweet hull lines. The deck planking looks sharp, as do the hatch and deck house. Cheers, Elia
  13. Dxiadeczek, Hoping you have a speedy recovery! My wife had a hip replaced this past November. All the best, Elia Gianopulos
  14. 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.
  15. John, Very clean, clear work. Very, very nice. Elia

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