It took Pietro Maviglia the better
part of 13 years to complete his model of the Andrea Doria ocean
liner from scratch, but he wouldn't trade one second. "It was a
great dream I managed to achieve," says the 50-year-old. "Some
people say a liner is an ambitious undertaking, but I was very
passionately involved." The avid modeler and naval buff spent at
least an hour every couple of days meticulously constructing his
200-scale model of the Andrea Doria.
The Andrea Doria first entranced Mr.
Maviglia when he was a child. He was awestruck by pictures and postcards
of the ship given to him by an uncle, who regularly sailed on the
"We're from the sea. I've always loved ships," explains Mr.
Maviglia, who sailed to Canada on the Columbia from his
birthplace in Brancaleone, Italy, as an infant. But it wasn't until high
school that he became interested in model making. Several years later,
he decided to take on the mammoth task of replicating the Andrea
As there was no ready to assemble model of the
liner, he was fortunate to obtain a copy of the original plans during a
1987 trip to Italy. He went to the Ansaldo shipyard in Sestre Ponente
where the Andrea Doria was built. An engineer named Francesco
Causa gave him the full plans in 1:200 scale and the hull plans in 1:100
scale, he now has plans for every berth in the vessel.
He then joined the Capital Mariner Modelers' Guild for advice on how to
proceed. The 15 page plans, although detailed, only provided the ship's
blueprint as originally intended, explains Mr. Maviglia. " He then
turned to historical photographs to exact the finished product.
"Without photographs you donít get the
embellishment, the finishing touches, what makes it authentic" He
kept a running log of the hours he spent cutting, gluing, sanding,
firing and piecing together the model. Although he's pleased to have
finally completed it, the accomplishment is bittersweet. "I think I
have post-model depression," he jokes. "You get kind of sad,
but I am proud of what I've done. The best cure is to start a new
Thatís just what he plans to do.
The Andrea Doria model was displayed, along
with 40 other naval models, at Nepean Museum in Ottawa, Canada, from
April 15th 2000 to June 30th 2000 and by the way,
the model is not for sale.
on a story published by the Ottawa Citizen)