1910 at Essex, Massachusetts by Arthur D. Story, the Elsie was designed with a
semi-knockabout schooner rig, reflecting the influence of the safer but
costlier knockabout schooners. She was outfitted with power after her 1921
race with the Canadian schooner Bluenose. Under Canadian ownership in 1935,
her seams opened at the stem rabbet and she foundered in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The Elsie kit is easy to build with its machine carved solid hull,
which needs only light shaping and sanding. Blocks and deadeyes are
pre-finished hardwood; other fittings are expertly cast Britannia metal. Deck
planking is basswood, and there's plenty of wood material for deck houses,
furnishings, keel, stem, rudder and trim. Four dory nests and cordage
complete the kit.
Three sheets of plans by Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. are based on surveys by
Howard Chapelle and photographs of the original vessel. A thorough 32-page
instruction book updated by Ben Lankford concentrates on modeling techniques
for 1/8" scale.
PRICE: $ 119.00