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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. Joe, Please forgive me if you already know this but the Civil War mortar schooners with dimensional data, build location and date are listed in Paul Silverstone’s Warships of the Civil War Navies. There are a number of two masted coasting schooners described in Chapelle’s National Watercraft Collection. To build a plausible model your modeler could to try to select a vessel from the collection that has been documented that best matches the characteristics listed in Silverstone. I noticed that one of the mortar vessels was built at Mystic, CT. There is a paper in the Internet by Maynard Bray listing drawings held at the Seaport. Roger
  2. A lathe for masts and spars

    The Sherline also has a hollow spindle, so with the right chuck you can incrementally turn very long pieces. Roger
  3. Fly Tying Tools

    I am about to rig my longboat model and while the rigging is simple, I would like to do a good job of it. There has been discussion on the forum about the use of fly tying thread thread and some mention of fly tying tools. Can anyone who has used fly tying tools comment on which tools they have found to be useful and how they are used? Thanks, Roger
  4. A generation issue. I don’t own a cell phone, smart or otherwise, so I prefer a stand alone calculator. On the other hand, my current modeling activities involve building models at 1:32 scale which is really easy to calculate in your head- 1/32in is 1in at scale. Roger
  5. As an engineer, I used calculators of one sort or another all of my working life and for many things I find them much more convenient than firing up a computer. When I retired I owned a fancy Hp calculator which unfortunately died. You can still buy inexpensive calculators at big box and chain drug stores for $10 US or less. I have one on my workbench and consider it to be an essential modeling tool. In this example, knowing only two facts: 1in = 25.4mm, and the scale of the model, 1:60, height of the scale figure becomes a simple calculation. Roger
  6. Brittany Sloops

    Working craft of Brittany are covered in the book Les bateaux des cortes de la Bretagne Nord by Jean Le Bot. The book includes a chapter on the St. Malo Pilot Boats that appear to be the boat that you are researching. The book is in French, but plans are plans. Used copies are available on Amazon, but make sure if you buy a copy it includes the large scale drawings included in a pocket. Roger
  7. Wood for Keel/Frame Project

    What exactly are you looking for? Do you have access to tools to convert blocks of wood or do you need exactly dimensioned pieces? Roger
  8. SS UNITED STATES

    Amazing! Well done! Roger
  9. In the late 80’s or early 90’s Eric Ronnberg published a series of articles in the Nautical Research Journal about researching and building a model of the Boston pilot Boat Hesper. In these articles he discussed the design of the pilot “yawl” used to transfer the pilot from to and from the vessel to be piloted. Look it up on their data base of articles. Trying to bring the much smaller pilot boat along side a much larger ship would be dangerous in a seaway. Roger
  10. If different bottles of the same paint shade do not match, the bosun simply could not exactly match the old color when mixing up a new batch! Roger
  11. I have some old Floquil paints too that I would like to use. Does anyone know what solvent to use as a thinner as I assume that the “official” thinner is no longer available? Roger
  12. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    Wow!! What a project! The plane appears to be a Curtis Jenny, is this correct? My father who was born 111 years ago today lived for a while as a teenager in Warren, Ohio. A guy named Ernie Hall was operating a Curtis Jenny under the name “Hall’s Flying Service” and he hired my father as a helper in exchange for flying. My father was otherwise unpaid. The Jenny decked out in its Hall’s Flying Service livery used to be in the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan, although the last time I visited either a different plane was on display or it had been repainted. By the way, if my memory is correct the Ford Museum’s Jenny was supposedly built in Canada. My father went on to graduate in the first graduating class of the new Aeronautical Engineering Department at the University of Cincinnati, and 40 years later after retiring from a successful engineering career decided to take flying lessons. Earnie Hall in his 80’s was still flying and my father drove over to Warren for some lessons. He also joined an EAA group and built the wooden structure for the fabric covered wings of the plane that they were building. Unfortunately he died before the plane was finished. Thank you for posting this remarkable tribute to a bygone era. Roger
  13. Weather Report - post your significant weather - past or present

    More sub zero weather in Northeast Minnesota, with occasional daytime highs above zero. Today, I went for a short drive down to the lake with my daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law. There were 9 lake freighters anchored out in the lake, all with bows covered with ice and all apparently waiting for cargos. Another was tied up in the harbor at the fuel dock. All were big 1000 footers trying to get loaded before the St Marys River (SOO) out of Lake Superior becomes impassable due to ice. I have never seen more than one or two Lakers anchored out. Usually they arrive, go immediately to the loading docks and are gone within several hours. Roger
  14. On the model that I have been building I have been mixing my own paints from artist’s acrylics- the stuff that comes in tubes. Nothing very scientific, I don’t understand chroma, use of a color wheel, etc. I start with a few basic pigments, bright red, van dyke brown, white, black, and grey. Combinations of these colors make attractive muted colors typical of the eighteenth century earth tones. I then mix these with matt medium (again by eye) and thin with water until thin enough to pass through my air brush. To work in my air brush, the paint must run freely from a mixing stick. If it dries in blobs it’s too thick. Many (maybe six) coats are required to cover and to produce a good finish. Acrylics can be hard to brush as the paint must be flowed on. Brushing it out tends to leave streaks with the previous coat showing through. Roger
  15. Weather Report - post your significant weather - past or present

    We have had sub zero (Fahrenheit) weather since Christmas Eve with lows to -20 at night and daytime lows to -10. Yesterday we had a heat wave with a daytime high of plus 5, but today bitter cold. We have had “arctic sea smoke” over Lake Superior each day. This is caused by the cold air flowing over the warmer lake waters. Yesterday there were four lake freighters anchored off shore waiting their turn to load iron ore pellets or coal. They appeared ghostly amid the sea smoke. They will continue to run until the SOO locks between Lakes Superior and Huron close in about two weeks. The last salt water vessel left several weeks ago to leave the lakes before the Saint Lawrence Seaway locks closed. She was probably loaded with a cargo of North Dakota wheat. Several lake freighters usually spend the winter months tied up in the Duluth Harbor waiting for navigation to resume in late March. Roger

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