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Roger Pellett

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About Roger Pellett

  • Birthday 06/04/1943

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    Duluth, MN
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    Naval Architect, Scratch Modeler and maritime history researcher. Current modeling interest- Navy ship's boats.
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  1. I bought my drill press 50 years ago and have never felt the need to replace it. The entire tool is built from cast and machined steel the only plastic parts are the adjustment knobs. If I was looking to replace it I would try to find a well built used one like a Delta. Although the Morse tapered spindle will not tale side loads, I was able to buy an inexpensive collet chuck that locks onto the spindle via a threaded nut. With that accessory the drill press is perfectly capable of operating router bits. Roger
  2. This thread started while my wife and I were recovering from bad colds. Although the colds resulted from a Thanksgiving visit to our grandkids, they did highlight the importance of resporatory health. I have been using power tools for 50 years and grew up in a house where my Dad used them. In fact after his marriage my Dad designed and produced model airplane kits to supplement his income during the depression. According to my father they were kicked out of the house that they rented because of the volume of dust produced by sawing up rough cut balsa wood into strip stock. (Making model airplane cement by dissolving cellulose plastic in acetone did not help their case either.) Over the years, I have made half hearted attempts to control dust. I bought a good shop vac and I have one of those suspended Jet air cleaners. Neither is very satisfactory for serious dust removal from operating power tools. The problem is that dust quickly plugs up the filters, and it seems that whenever I want to use this equipment I don’t have the filters. looking at the equipment above it appears that all of them feature some sort of separation device before the shop vac and according to the internet reasonably priced cyclone separators are now available. Using the shop vac to provide the vacuum in conjunction with a separation device to remove the big chunks before they can plug up the filter appears to be the key. My next shop upgrade. Roger
  3. Preac Thickness Sander

    In building these tools Preac would have used standard industrial bearings. Pop out one of the bearings, take it to your nearest bearing distributor and I bet that they can match it. Here in Minnesota we have branches of a company named Bearings, Inc but industrial supply houses like Grainger Supply also carry bearings. Roger
  4. HMS Bounty Jolly Boat 1:25 by Artesania Latina

    William Bligh’s epic voyage took place in Bounty’s launch, not her Jolly Boat. A warship’s launch was a heavy duty workboat designed with sufficient buoyancy and therefore internal volume to float heavy loads and to stow water casks. Bounty a small ship carried a launch 23ft long. Drawings of this launch have been published in a number of sources. Bounty’s Jolly Boat would have been smaller and finer lined. I believe that the kit manufacturer thought that “Jolly Boat” sounded more exciting than “launch.” Roger
  5. Try this, Schooner Sunset: The Last British Sailing Coasters. Look it up on Amazon. I don’t have a copy but it would appear to be the British equivalent of the Chapelle fishing Schooner book mentioned in Frank’s post above. According to the review the book was written by a working sailor and includes much detailed technical information. Roger
  6. Another of Chapelle’s books not mentioned above is The Constellation Question, a published debate with Len Pollard on the authenticity of the relic vessel as one of the first US Navy frigates vs a Sloop of War built in the 1850’s with Chapelle of course arguing that the relic was built in the 1850’s not the 1790’s. Recent scholarship has proven that Chapelle was right on target permitting a historically accurate restoration of the vessel. Fans (like me) of Chapelle, his work, and his writing will want to include a copy of this book to include in their collection. Roger
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Hi Ken, Re: your post about the New York Yacht Club model room. I was there about 20 years ago. Yes, it is an amazing collection of, both half and full hull yacht models, beautifully made. A close second for yacht models is the Herreshoff museum in Bristol RI. Roger
  8. BlueJacket Lobster Boat: A Review

    Hi Eric, Yes, looking more carefully I see what you mean. The third frame could use a small shim. No worry, you did a great job and produced a model that you should be proud of. Roger
  9. BlueJacket Lobster Boat: A Review

    Three nice lobsterboats! Eric, I don't believe that the reverse curve three frames forward of the transom is incorrect unless your kit actually included a lines drawing showing something different to compare your model to. These boats require a wide stern and rather flat hull form at the after end to avoid trimming by the stern when carrying heavy loads and "squatting" under power. They also favored a rather deep hull form forward. Had this deep hull form been carried all the way to the transom, drag under way would have been greatly increased and flow to the rudder and propeller restricted. The reverse curve that you are seeing is the transition between the deep V foreody and the flat, shallow, afterbody. Roger
  10. I am writing this sitting at my kitchen table while the 35th Gales of November Conference is taking place only five miles away. This is a Great Lakes maritime history conference affiliated with our local maritime museum. Although admission is relatively inexpensive I am having a hard time convincing myself to attend. In this case, cost and location are obviously not factors. What is a factor is a lack of interesting speakers. Since this conference has been going on for 35 years, many speakers have been “recycled” several times. My message to the NRG directors is that without the support of a local maritime institution the conference will succeed or fail on the quality of its speakers. If the Guild can field a roster of high quality speakers who will commit well ahead of time the conference will succeed. Otherwise people will stay home. I would suggest that the roster should include one or preferably more speakers that are performing research that could inspire attendees to tackle some new modeling opportunities. Some ideas, a speaker from Texas A&M, someone from the Red Bay Galleon project, the TriCoastal Marine people who reconstructed the C.A. Thayer, or someone from the LaBelle project. I would also suggest Jim Delgado, author and marine archeologist, and Joe Lombardi marine surveyor who specializes in historic vessels. I recently ended an eight year stint on the board of our local symphony so I know how hard it is to maintain interest in what many consider to be a dying art form. I realize that our NRG directors are faced with similar problems and difficult decisions. Roger
  11. I wish to echo Derek’s comment above. Over my 42 years of Guild membership, I have attended 6 NRG conferences, all held where I could also visit an important maritime museum or facility that I felt would contribute to my research interests. Equally important was the assurance that my wife who travels with me would be safe, comfortable, and happy. Since expense is a concern for all of us, spending to go to a NRG conference makes sense only if we both return home having had an enjoyable experience. In my opinion, the Mystic 2015 conference gets five stars for touching all of these buttons. While we have yet to get the details, the Las Vegas site is unappealing as it is not tied into any interesting museum or port activity, and I am not convinced that my wife would feel comfortable venturing into Las Vegas by herself. For me to spend the money to leave home during one of the nicest months of our northern midwestern autumns the conference organizers will have to line up a program of top notch, fresh, speakers who can tell me about things that I don’t already know. After all the purpose of our organization is research. Otherwise, I’ll stay home and enjoy the great fall weather. Roger
  12. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I woke up this morning to 6in of snow and high winds off Lake Superior. The local weather forecaster had predicted minimal snow fall with most to the north of us. He missed. I had to get busy and put out the markers that mark out the edge of our property so that the city snow plow guys don’t remove the front of our lawn. Roger
  13. What have you received today?

    This past Sarurday I spoke on "Engineering of the Whaleback Ships" at the annual fundraiser for the SS Meteor, the last of the Great Lakes whaleback barges and steamships. Before leaving I placed a bid on a handsome print being auctioned off and was notified later that it was mine. It is a limited edition print by Scottish maritime artist John Kelly now living in California. It shows a steamship loading cargo from lighters. London ? Hong Kong?
  14. Steve, Thanks for reminding me about the bluefish party boat! Many years ago before moving to Minnesota we used to spend a few days vacationing at Cape May, NJ. One year after failing to catch fish off of the jetty I signed up for a night party blue fish boat. I thought that it would be great if I caught a fish. Long story short, by 1:30 am I had a burlap sack of bluefish and was exhausted. Much to the annoyance of my wife, I managed to keep the fish on ice in a small hotel room and cold on the return trip to Marietta, Ohio. We ate bluefish all winter. Roger
  15. Micro mill and planer

    I own a 12in Dewalt Planer. I bought it to mill 3/16 rib stock and 5/32in planking for wood canvas canoes from rough cut Northern White Cedar. The planer has worked beautifully. I have also used it to mill rough cut pear wood into finished billets for ship models. Again, the planer worked fine. For both of these projects I also used a 10 in table saw and a small but well built jointer. To do its job, the planer needs one surface of the board to be flat and that requires a table saw and/or jointer. Feeding a twisted board into a planer will either cause the planer to jam or if the planer is powerful enough will result in a twisted planed board. For me, an enjoyable part of modeling is producing my own milled lumber and I have the space for the two essential tools, a large table saw and a jointer as well as a nice to have planer. Usefulness of a planer without the other two tools is limited. Roger