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About Elia

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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. 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
  7. Outstanding Frank. That winder mechanism, the support frame, and the blocks are terrific. Cheers, Elia
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Dxiadeczek, Hoping you have a speedy recovery! My wife had a hip replaced this past November. All the best, Elia Gianopulos
  11. 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.
  12. John, Very clean, clear work. Very, very nice. Elia
  13. Rusty, Cheerful is looking very sharp! The deck furniture and rudder look great as does your emerging masts. Cheers, Elia
  14. 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
  15. 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

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