Lee Zanellato's Unique Ship Models Built From Found Material

Hello, My name is Lee Zanellato and I am a ship builder.

I build these intricate model ships out of material I have found in various places.  Most of them are free materials, often put out as trash..  I am always on the lookout for unique pieces to add to my ship models.  They are painstakenly built works of art.  I try to pack as much detail inside the ships as I build on the outside - In fact, one of my ship models even has a model ship built inside the ship itself.

I do not have a plan or list of materials.  I just build them from an image I have in my mind.  I don't even use drawings of blueprints.  I never went to art school or anything like that.  Not even a ship building course, let a lone a model ship building course.  

I've spent about 40 years collecting scraps to build my ships,  I'll be walking down the street and see a piece of wood or metal and something will click.

For example, I used part of an 1878 piano to build one of my ships.  A couple of violins are in the ship below.   It's setup on Swifts Beach.

Sometimer I add a  rosary beads and antique buttons that I find interesting.

If it's unique, it fascinates me.

I sort of got the ship building bug because my grandfather and father worked for Boston Whaler.

All of the ships I build are sailing ships; before the age of steam.  I just love that the wind hits the sails and pushes the ship along even across oceans.  No gas, no batteries.

I watched some of the America Cups races in San Francisco Bay.  Huge catamarans that didn't even have their hulls in the water, sailing on hydra foils at over 50 miles an hour.  Not even the fast clipper ships could go that fast.

I like to build the older sailing ships, the Galleons, the Man O' Wars, Brigatines, etc.  It took a very large crew of sailors to raise and lower the huge canvas sails and maintain the vessel in shipshape.  This was the golden age of sailing.  I love all those old sailing movies like Mutiny on the Bounty, pirate movies, Master & Commander, etc.

Oh, I almost forgot.  All my model ships are for sale, for sail.  LOL.  Hit me up on my Facebook page, Lee Zanellato.

I can also be reached via email:  lel1026@comcast.net.

Make me an offer at 1-774-678-0745.

Do you like rice served in a Mexican restaurant?  I is easy to make without using any of the boxed mixes.

Mexican style rice.


1 cup rice, white, basmati and jasmine work great
2 cups Progresso chicken broth
1 10oz can Old El Paso enchilada sauce
salt and pepper to taste


In a large skillet or saucepan add the rice, Progresso chicken broth and Old El Paso enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir well, cover the pot, then turn down the heat to a medium.

Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt and pepper.

Top with tomatoes, green onions and cilantro or whatever else you prefer before serving.

I could personally just have rice, or rice and beans for lunch or dinner. I know not everyone feels that way though. This rice works as a filler for burritos as well. You’ll find that it’s simple to remember, too; which allows you to just whip it up whenever as the perfect side. This rice goes so perfectly with pretty much anything that you don’t have to pay too much attention to your main dish.


Here is one of my ships in various stages of construction.

More stages of construction: