Master model builder Lucian Ploias featured at Black Rock, PRAS Cultural Heritage Festival 2014


With winter closing in many West Coasters are probably trying to figure out how they’ll pass the time in the coming rainy months. If you’re looking for a little inspiration toward a hobby, or a new vocation to focus on while the winter storms do their best to keep you indoors consider checking out the Artist In Action that will be active during the Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Cultural Heritage Festival.

Lucian Ploias is known as a master model builder. Just one of his many projects Ploias recently devoted 3,500 hours to rebuilding a one hundred year old 1:48 scale builder’s model of The Empress of France, an ocean liner built in Liverpool in 1914. After a century of neglect the model’s 20,000 individual parts needed to be reassembled including complex wood restoration, painting and, in some cases, complete rebuilding. With these countless microscopic details in mind consider that a 1:48 scale model of a 174 meter long ocean liner is still more than 3 meters long and weighs 500kg so the awkward angles that a hobby model builder might be able to conquer by rotating or flipping the model were that much more challenging.

The model of The Empress of France is now in the care of the Lakeland Interpretative Society of Lac La Biche, Alberta however Ploias will be at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort from noon 12 – 5 on September 30th and October 1st displaying some of the other projects he’s been working on and some of the methods used in his craft.