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Roger Pellett

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  • 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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    Author: Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company published by Wayne State University Press

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  1. Bob, All of my Lumber is non dimensioned, preferably rough cut. A number of years ago, I answered a newspaper add for lumber. Among other things, the guy had several pieces of 3in x 8in black walnut that he was selling for mantle pieces. They were reasonably priced and I bought one. I’m still cutting pieces from it. I also find a set of 45 year old Sears Craftsman molding cutters for my table saw to be essential for producing quality moldings. IMHO they work much better than a router. Roger
  2. So far, I have built 11 glass cases to house my fleet of ship models. I always use single strength glass cut to size by a commercial glass shop or our local Ace Hardware. The last case was finished last August. It measures 24x 20 x8. The glass was reasonably inexpensive, about $50. I have more or less standardized on American Black Walnut for the wooden structure. It finishes easily and is readily available. I still have enough in my stash to build several more cases. I also have a 2in x4in piece of teak that I brought home years ago from a business trip to Taiwan
  3. I personally do not like to criticize others work on this forum. Everyone is trying to do their best. In this case, you have asked for opinions, guidance, so here is mine. Your sails are neatly made. The cloth that your sails are made from is overscale. At any reasonable modeling scale in scale sail cloth would be at most, a few thousands of an inch thick. Furling these sails will emphasize the over scale appearance as you will wind up with a fat lumpy roll. For real sails, the stitches viewed at a “scale distance” joining the panels together would be i
  4. Very Nice work ! If you want to have a model Lightning to sail, the WoodenBoat store used to offer a kit. The kit featured a deep keel protruding from where the centerboard would be on the real thing. There was a lead weight on the bottom of the keel. A true to scale model of a Lightning would apparently lack both lateral resistance and transverse stability to sail well. Roger
  5. I built a POF model of the 1812 era New York Pilot Boat Anna Maria many years ago. I used Howard Chapelle drawings that I adapted for use with the Harold Hahn method. It is my experience that it is not necessary to bevel sawed out frames before they are erected. It is also much easier to bevel them after erection when the shape of the entire hull becomes apparent. The keel, stem, and sternpost should be installed first to stabilize the structure. Harold Hahn did not bevel frames before hand on his earliest models. He adopted this step later as a labor saving step.
  6. Bill, I keep two fillers in my shop inventory. For major repairs, I use Bondo auto body putter. For smaller jobs, I use Durham’s Rock Hard Water Putty. Roger
  7. Here in the US, our big box home improvement stores sell imported bench top drill presses for less than half what you are planning for a Proxxon Hobby drill press. A drill press is actually a simple tool. If I were you before spending $200+ (US) I would shop around and see what’s available. I personally would avoid one with electronic speed control. I prefer belt driven tools. If the electronics fails, you can be faced with an expensive repair. IMHO electronic variable speed control is often added to tools to increase market appeal but provides little utility. I can change s
  8. The current network of natural gas pipelines was a latecomer to many parts of the upper Midwest; I believe 1960’s. The whaleback steamship, SS Meteor spent the Post War Years as a member of the Cleveland Tankers Fleet delivering refined petroleum around the lakes. This job is now performed by pipelines and tanker trucks. So, coal used to have many uses. The railroads burned huge amounts of coal. Many towns had synthetic gas plants that gasified coal for domestic uses. Coal was also burnt directly as a heating fuel. In the Twentieth Century, coal was the principal fuel used to
  9. IMHO, the attraction of this model is its graceful lines. In attempting to accurately redraw these lines to the inside of the frames it is easy to distort this shape. Maybe the magic of CAD eliminates this concern but I’ll leave that to others. Roger
  10. Zero clearance inserts are not hard to make as needed. Use either thin model makers plywood or aluminum. You can use the one that comes with the saw as a pattern. The slot is cut be installing the blank insert and slowly raising the blade.
  11. John, The following are suppositions based on my knowledge of late Nineteenth Century Great Lakes trade, not the Port of Sheboygan in particular. Lumber was a “Downbound” cargo. It was loaded in small backwater ports in undeveloped areas of the Northwoods and unloaded in growing midwestern cities like Chicago and Detroit. It was usually unloaded by hand. It is therefore, unlikely that a small port like Sheboygan would have had mechanized ship unloaders to unload lumber. The machinery in your photos are Brown Hoists, mechanized ship unloaders patented in 1
  12. My two cents worth: You have said that the stub at the top of the picture is the collet. You have also said that the nut is loose. Given these facts, it would seem that the flex tool shaft is jammed into the jaws of the collet. Hopefully, there a hole clear through the collet. If there is, clamp the nut in a vice. If you have a set of drift pins, find one that fits into the hole and tap the flex tool shaft out. A piece of steel or brass round bar stock would work just as well. Even a bolt will work. Just make sure that it is a sliding fit. If there is
  13. Loading a ship with cargo is more complex than generally understood. Here on the Great Lakes where bulk cargos, iron ore pellets, coal, limestone, and grain are the norm, loading is the responsibility of the mate (the first mate). Iron ore pellets are a particularly dense cargo and care is required to avoid straining the hulls of these long, shallow draft vessels. One theory explaining the 1975 loss of the Steamship Edmund Fitzgerald is that her hull girder had been strained while loading record cargos earlier in her life. Iron ore can therefore not be dumped randomly into the
  14. Allen, Mark, Thanks for the info. I’ll dig a little deeper. The ketch that I am most interested in is the Roe built in 1670. Van De Velde The Younger included her in in a painting of an action against the Barbary Pirates off Tangier. The painting hangs in the private dining room at Hampton Court and is in the Royal Collection. A copy of the painting cane found on their website.
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