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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. 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
  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. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Dxiadeczek, Hoping you have a speedy recovery! My wife had a hip replaced this past November. All the best, Elia Gianopulos
  9. 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.
  10. John, Very clean, clear work. Very, very nice. Elia
  11. Rusty, Cheerful is looking very sharp! The deck furniture and rudder look great as does your emerging masts. Cheers, Elia
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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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