Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Girls A Star

My Daugther Ashley made it on the label of Jones Soda and
Here is her story.
At age 11, Ashley Roggero runs her own business and has a pretty good idea what she’ll do when she grows up. She’ll become a professional golfer, doctor or veterinarian. At home she keeps an eye on turtle Tina (or Tina Turtle, if you like) and cat Tyler, who suffers from diabetes.
“I’d like to be a vet because I don’t like it when animals get sick,” said the Portsmouth Middle School sixth-grader.While her golf career so far has been local, her face is being seen nationally. Ashley’s picture graces the label of Jones green apple flavored soda.
Her Dad, Jim, took a picture of her relaxing on one of the family’s living room love seats after a long day at the beach in 2006. Her parents submitted it as part of an online contest, with Ashley’s photo among 800,000 vying for the label front.“We had a lot of friends and family voting,” her mom, Jane, said. “I didn’t know what her chances were but I thought it would be fun. Then one day we got a letter saying she’d been chosen. They don’t tell you a whole lot else. But it’s great.”The bottles should be hitting local stores such as Shaw’s and Stop & Shop any day now. Jones soda is manufactured in Seattle, and Seattle-based Starbucks also carries the product.
The Roggeros have yet to see bottles in stores featuring Ashley’s face, but there are plenty of people looking.“We have people looking up and down the East Coast,” Jane Roggero said. “We have family in Florida and friends in different places on the lookout.”Ashley said the pending fame, however short-lived, will have little effect. “My friends think it’s kind of cool,” she said. “They want to be on the bottle, too.”There is nothing one-dimensional about Ashley. One day this week she and her mother spent time walking the sand at Island Park, looking for sea glass. She makes the glass into necklaces, earrings and bracelets, for her company, My Beach Glass Kits. She sets up shop at fairs and events, and she includes instructions for making your own glass jewelry.“I love to feel all the different shapes and sizes of the glass,” she said.In the meantime, she loves math and science in school and plays mallets in the school jazz band. She looks forward to polishing her golf game in the warmer months.
Summer mornings are spent playing golf, usually at the Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club, as a member of the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association, and at clinics. The rest of the day is spent at the beach. Two summers ago, Ashley attended the U.S. Women’s Open, meeting pros such as Michelle Wie and Annika Sorenstam. She also draws inspiration from Portsmouth High School graduate Katherine Murphy, who now plays golf at Penn State University.“She’s nice and encourages us,” Ashley said. “She’s very helpful.”Ashley lives with her parents and 5-year-old brother James in a house that her father grew up in overlooking the Beach. “I go a lot,” she said. “In the summer, I like to stay there until it gets dark.” Or as her mother puts it, “She’s there until her head hits the pillow.” She still finds time to watch TV shows such as “American Idol” (she’s a Carly Smithson fan) and follows the Red Sox. Her next goal is to win the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association’s Junior Championship and play in the national tournament. “I really want to get better this year,” she said. Meanwhile, the Jones soda bottle should be appearing locally soon. Ashley had entered the contest so long ago that she’d pretty much forgotten about it when she learned she had been chosen. “I think everyone should get to be on a soda bottle,” she said.

Custom Display Case VS. The Display Case Kit

As owner of for 23 years we have seen it all. So I thought I would write a guide to help out some of you that have had questions on how to buy a real museum quality ship model display case. You should always ask these questions when looking to buy a ship model or train model or any model display case to help you understand the quality and construction of the display case.
Always a good idea to start with your model. Depending on what type of case you are looking for, a kit case or a case that comes completely assembled. We will start with info on a kit case.
Display Case Kits
A display case kit is a display case that most likely does NOT come with any real glass or plexi. Most of them have to be assembled by you the buyer. If your looking into buying a kit you must be sure it is going to fit your model. Most kits come in some standard sizes. As we all know there is no standard size in the modeling world. A lot of model makers will build from scratch and that can change the dimension of a model even if a flag was added to the top that would cause the height to change ect..
First measure the longest points of your model. Make sure you include the base if it is already sitting on one.
Measure the length , width and height. The add about 2 inches all the way around your model. That would give you the finish size of your case. You want your display case to fit your model perfectly. You don't want a case that is going to be make your model look lost or cramped inside the case. Most kits companies will not or can not build custom sizes in all directions. So make sure you ask first. Some kits will only except a certain size of glass or plexi thickness. So make sure you find out what thickness the case will hold. Some kits can only hold 1/8 plexi glass which on a large case say 45L x 35H x 15W when looking at the side of the case (45L x 35H) you would mostly see a deflection in the plexi because of the size of that piece. The biggest part of buying a kit case is you should get the sizes you need to buy for all the plexi pieces and price them out. They can really add up on some large case sizes. Home Depot has both plexi and lexan sheets in large sizes. a 36X72 sheet is 40.00ea you would need two of these to cut your own sheets out of then you would need a sheet that is 48 x 24 to cut the top out of.
45L x 35H x 2 pieces - 15W x 35H x 2 pieces 45L x 15W x 1 piece Which would bring your cost for the 3 sheets needed to get all these cuts out of them to 120.00 Plus tax. Then you have to cut them yourself. You can also call a glass shop to cut your plexi to the sizes you need. But it will cost a lot more. The same size piece as i just mentioned would cost you $298.00 In 1/4 " plus tax and $186.00 plus tax In 1/8" plexi. So if you buy a kit for say around 200.00 make sure you add in your $200.00 plus+ for the plexi now you have a kit case for over $400.00
Some kit cases will come unfinished. Which means you may have to buy stain ,ploy and sand paper for the do it yourself jobs as well.
Custom Glass and Brass Display Cases Shipped Complete and Fully Assembled
When ordering a custom display case as with the kit make sure you measure your model or item to be cased closely. Add the 2 inches around the item and that would be your finish case size. Custom display case companies like Clear View Designs /mydisplaycase build each case to fit your model perfectly, and do not charge extra for the custom size cases. You can have a choice of oak or mahogany wood bases. It is important that your base is at least 3/4 thick to support the model which on some models can be heavy. So this will help with mounting your model. A full assembled display case comes as it says, fully assembled! With real oak or real mahogany (not just stained a color of wood)1/8 double strength glass top and solid brass 7/32" brass angle on the glass edges. These types of cases are shipped fully assembled and complete. There is nothing else to assemble,buy sand or stain. Just install your model and your done! With a custom glass top case, getting into the model is as easy as lifting of the top. No screws to remove like on some kits case. The glass sits down into a glass channel to hide the edge of the glass from view.
With a glass and brass top case there is more to see of the model than with a kit case trimmed in bulky wood uprights and rails. With a brass trim case the brass is only 7/32 wide so it does not take away from the viewing of the model and it gives it a nice museum quality look as well. I always said there is nothing museum quality about a case that you have to buy parts for or assemble. So make sure you get the type of case your looking for.
A custom case may cost you a little more depending on the size of the case. Sometimes it can be less or the same price as a kit case , but then you have to buy all that stuff for your kit case.But for what your getting in the end with a complete case I think it's worth having a custom ship model display case built to fit your model .
If your a handy modeler or want to assemble your own display case and feel like buying and cutting your own glass or plexi for the kit than a kit case is for you.
If you prefer a more high end look to go with your expensive model a nice complement for it would be a custom glass and brass display case. This type of case would fit your model to your exact measurments and have that custom museum look about it.
So make sure you ask before you buy or bid on a display case of these types.
And as the old saying goes " You get what you pay for!

Custom Glass And Brass Display Cases

Welcome to my new blog on custom model display cases. Here you can check out our ship model displays, train displays and more. Just about any item you would like to keep safely on display and dust free at all times.

We, here at Clear View Designs, build custom glass and brass display cases of all types of collectables. We do not have any stock sizes or a price list as there is nothing stock about the custom built model going into our cases. So we build each case to the specifications of your collectible. We want your item to fit our display case perfectly. This way your model or item will not look lost or cramped in side the display case.

We have been in business since 1985. We have a great reputation in the model display case industry. We are the only custom ship model display case company that will ship real and completely assembled glass tops! Every case comes complete and fully assembled. With your choice of oak or mahogany wood base, 1/8 double strength glass top and solid brass angle on all outside edges of the glass top as seen on our web site

Each case will be shipped in its own reusable wood crate for full protection. Every shipment is fully insured as well. Our crates are reusable.

Review our blog listing concerning the many uses our customers have come up with for reusing our 1/2 plywood crates. Some customers have donated them to animal shelters to be used as homes for wild animals for winter time cover. Some have used them for doghouses and painted them to look great in the yard. They just tip the crate over and cut a doorway into it and they have a great doghouse or cathouse if the crate is a small one. You too can upload pictures of your creative uses for our crates.

Also, if you have a ship model or project your working on please feel free to upload your photos and your story to our blog listing concerning customer projects. Because we only build display cases we don't get to see every model in our display cases.

So glad you found us here and please find us here again some how as I have not yet figured out how to locate this blog on any search engine yet. But Google says that this blog will show up on their searches. Until then keep us in your favorite places or bookmark us. If you do find us please tell us how you found us and where you found us.

Thanks again for stopping by,

Clear View Designs

Shipping Crate creative uses

Please post your comments of any creative usages that you have come up with for our shipping crates and email your pictures (jpeg file) and will upload it to the blog listing.
This is what I do with the crates. Line them up and ship them out!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Your model projects

Please post your comments and email your pictures of completed or ongoing model projects. We want to hear about your craftsmanship.
This image is of the fine details of a submarine bridge done by one of talented customers.

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