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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. Boy - I think I missed the boat on this. Recently I have been looking into Speedwell and the two volumes with plans. Having three of the Swan Class books I sense that the size and complexity of that class might be a bit of a slight stretch as a first POF attempt. Speedwell appears yo me a little better sized for my skills. But now I don't think I'll be able to purchase the two volumes. Can any of you confirm if Sea Watch Books are now closed for business? If this is the case is there anywhere else I can purchase these volumes (along with a few others I hadn't purchased)? Elia
  2. 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
  3. Outstanding Frank. That winder mechanism, the support frame, and the blocks are terrific. Cheers, Elia
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Dxiadeczek, Hoping you have a speedy recovery! My wife had a hip replaced this past November. All the best, Elia Gianopulos
  7. 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.
  8. John, Very clean, clear work. Very, very nice. Elia
  9. Rusty, Cheerful is looking very sharp! The deck furniture and rudder look great as does your emerging masts. Cheers, Elia
  10. Frank That's a great looking little yawl. The keel jig looks like it worked well. With the seemingly closely spaced frames were there any issues keeping them vertical during gluing? The little yawl looks great with its grey interior and matching white and red exterior. Cheers, Elia
  11. 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
  12. Ed Outstanding and delicate copper work. I am very impressed by all of your copper work and these are no exception. They are such thin, narrow details. I appreciate your showing the 'blank' first step strip adjacent completed spreader bar component as I had wondered how you made the integrated cleats. I have no doubt I would bend and damage those spreaders in less than a day. Cheers, Elia
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