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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.
    Nautical ResearchvGuild Member
    Author: Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company published by Wayne State University Press

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  1. Roger Pellett

    Making small nails with round head

    The black round object looks like a hockey puck. Is it? Roger
  2. Nice job Keith! Sometimes it’s remarkably difficult to sort out closely spaced waterlines. Have you considered plotting some diagonals to check fairness? Roger
  3. Roger Pellett

    "Unlimited Drinks and WiFi" ???

    In our too competitive society, I think that this continuous posting is one upsmanship (sp?). “Look where I am and don’t you wish that you could be here!” Roger
  4. This deserves to be classified as an honorary scratch build! Roger
  5. Roger Pellett

    THE CHIEF pen

    Thanks Chief! Roger
  6. Dave, In my opinion your model is valuable for two reasons. First because it was made by someone that you knew well enough to have inherited it. Second for its artistic value as an example of the ship modeler’s art. I would therefore, treat it like a fine painting. Repair yes, improve no. I would favor displaying it as the artist intended.
  7. New England New Member, Sorry but I don’t know your name. Charles Davis was a Naval Architect or Marine Draftsman who built ship models in the 1920’s. He popularized his hobby by writing several books, one titled The Built Up Ship Model. You should still be able to find an inexpensive copy on a used book site. I believe that there is also an inexpensive Dover reprint. The book purports to describe the construction of a plank on frame model of the Continental brig Lexington. Later researchers have found Davis’s research to be flawed. No drawings of Lexington are known to exist and Davis’s model incorporates many details of early Nineteenth Century Royal Navy designs. Whether or not your model accurately represents any known vessel, it appears to be a fine example of the model builders art. Leave it in its case and enjoy it. Roger
  8. Roger Pellett

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I submitted my book, Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. I’ll find out what happens in May. The book is also being considered for Michigan and Minnesota book awards. Roger
  9. Roger Pellett


    Chris, Welcome to MSW. Believe it or not, you can work around the time problem. When I was much younger with a challenging job, considerable business travel, and a young family I built several good models. I learned to work in short time periods- 1/2 to two hours. This also helped my workmanship as each time I restarted work I could assess my past efforts and make corrections as necessary. Unlike remodeling a bathroom nobody else is affected if the model sits unfinished on your workbench for a while. The main problem with this approach is losing interest over time, so pick a topic that will hold your interest. Roger
  10. Kurt, Thank you for your detailed information. My plan is to take a few figures with me on our annual trip to warmer climes. Otherwise I get anxious to get back home to my workshop. It would be best to use paint that I can buy there (southwest Florida), and it would appear that the Vallejo paints being formulated for brushing and readily available in big box craft stores might be the best bet. My airbrushing skills limit me to covering large surfaces- model ship hulls. Thanks again for your advice. Roger
  11. Kurt, I like to add a 54mm scale military figure to my 1:32 warship boat models and for my next model the figure that I have found will be plastic. Paints will be brush applied. As my wife has been complaining about the smell from paint solvents I plan to use acrylic paints. In the past I have used enamels. A couple of questions that perhaps you might answer: Can acrylics be applied directly over plastic or is a primer first required? Are model acrylic paints formulated to provide one coat coverage or it it necessary to build up several coats? Roger
  12. Roger Pellett

    Don't Tell The OH&S Manager!

    Evidently, this guy never heard of a bosun’s chair. Roger
  13. Chuck, For those of us with enquiring minds how about listing your sources, or if you already have can you point us to the post where you did. I know of only two examples where the horse is beneath the tiller- The “Medway” boat and the boat in the Kriegstein collection, and the Kriegsteins had their boat rigged after it came into their possession. The other well known example, the boat in May’s book shows the sheet horse passing over the tiller. Other aspects of this boat’s construction would indicate that it is an early design. Roger
  14. The Nautical Research Journal recently included an article about the launching flags for one of the models in the Naval Academy’s Rogers Collection. Roger
  15. Roger Pellett

    THE CHIEF pen

    Very nice Chief! Where do you find wood on a modern submarine? Roger

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