Philadelphia Ship Modelers Blog

Post date: Jun 5, 2017 - 6:07 PM
PSMS - Philadelphia Ship Model Society     Submitted: John Bullock: Secretary
 
June 1st, 2017 minutes 
 
Jim Wheeler, president brought meeting 840 to order at 7:20 pm
 
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Post date: May 10, 2017 - 7:22 PM

PSMS - Philadelphia Ship Model Society     Submitted : John Bullock: Secretary

May 4th, 2017 minutes 

Jim Wheeler, president brought meeting 839 to order at 7:10 pm

  1. Pledge of Allegiance

1. Guest: Josh Fichmann- model building 5 years

B. Sick bay report:   Bobbie Zimmerman had eye surgery and is on the mend

                                    Spence Devlin had a dual knee operation and is doing well.

C. Guest speaker. :  Todd Wardwell

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Post date: Apr 21, 2017 - 9:01 PM

PSMS - Philadelphia Ship Model Society     Submitted : John Bullock: Secretary

April 6, 2017 minutes 

Jim Wheeler, president brought meeting 838 to order at 7:10 pm

We altered our meeting for a minute to allow Andrew Seligman to present his model in need of repair of the LYNX.  He is will to pay to have someone repair the ship model and can be reached at (215)514-6724.

A. Pledge of Allegiance

B. Sick bay report:   Bobbie Zimmerman had eye surgery and is on the mend

C. Shack Coverage:  Joe Jordan looking for support

D. Guest speaker. :  John Christinzio

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Post date: Mar 10, 2017 - 10:46 AM

PSMS - Philadelphia Ship Model Society     Submitted : John Bullock: Secretary

March 2,2017 minutes 

 

Jim Wheeler, president brought meeting 837 to order at 7:10 pm

A. Pledge of Allegiance

B. Sick bay report:   Mike Zimmerman. On the mend

C. Shack Coverage:  Joe Jordan looking for support

D. Guest speaker. :  Todd Wardwell...

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Post date: Mar 4, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Afterthought Mast Hoops

Required: 

  • Bamboo of about needed diameter
  • Soldering iron
  • Nail clippers
  • Medium CA

 

When you forget to put mast hoops on when it would have been easy…..

 

I got bamboo placemat from a Chinese restaurant.  Take a piece of bamboo about the diameter you need, and scrape any decoration off with a single edge razor blade.  Soak it in water, with maybe a drop of soap to help wet it out.  When flexible…a minute or two, wrap it around a hot soldering iron (carefully, it is hot).  Slide the coil off the iron and you have 5-8 hoops in a spiral.  Simply cut off what you need with nail clippers on a 45  degree angle.  Slip around the mast and use a drop of medium CA.  I used shellac as a finish as the color looks just right.  A 15” length of bamboo yielded about 8 hoops, even on the first try.

 

Joe Jordan 3/4/2017

 

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Post date: Feb 27, 2017 - 8:55 AM

September 1, 2016 PSMS Meeting Minutes

 

The September 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:11 PM by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. The recording secretary fell ill and was not in attendance. Jim Wheeler, Vice President, introduced Lee A. Ireland, who shared some of Philadelphia's history with Piracy.

 

Born in Atlantic City, NJ Lee Ireland grew up on the coastal barrier island at Ventnor, NJ. He says, “I’ve spent my life surrounded by water. My father fished so often, we used a separate freezer to keep the Flounder, Sea bass and Bluefish that was meant to last us all winter.

 

In his first career, Lee was a department head in local government in charge of emergency public safety communications. He went on to travel the nation as a leading fire service educator. He was selected as...

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Post date: Feb 27, 2017 - 8:47 AM

August 4, 2016 PSMS Meeting Minutes

The August 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:11 PM by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Wheeler, Vice President, introduced Jason Hall, curator of the battleship New Jersey. Jason made a very interesting presentation on the New Jersey, the longest of the four Iowa class battleships. Launched on December 7, 1942 she went down the rails stern first and ran aground on the New Jersey side. After her service in WW 2, she was recommissioned and fought in Korean Conflict.
Jim Wheeler announced that due to an extended program for September, there would be no Show N Tell at the September 1 meeting.

Show N Tell

A summary and photographs will be posted on the web site. Some unique items were displayed.

Old Business

The Treasurers report and meeting minutes were approved.

Joe Jordan indicated model shack volunteers were needed. Some questions were asked on what was expected and what the experience was like. The handful of member who carry the...

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Post date: Feb 26, 2017 - 10:05 PM

Minutes of October 2016 Meeting
Philadelphia Ship Model Society

The October 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sick call was conducted. Jim Wheeler, Vice President, introduced a guest speaker for the meeting porgram, Dan Cashin.
Dan Cashin spoke on Military War Heroes, focusing on the unrecognized sacrifices of so many in our area that were associated with ship building and the Merchant Marine. There was animated discussion with many joining in conversation on the history of ship building activity along the Delaware River, the astounding number of casualties, ships built and ships lost. 21 major ship yards were at one time active along the Delaware, but it is now down to one. Some 10,000 people were lost of which 5100 were military,and 2800 were of the Merchant Marine. The Merchant Marine suffered the highest casualty rate of any branch serving in World War II.
Dan was born in South West Philadelphia, and now lives in Havertown. He went to local schools...

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Post date: Feb 26, 2017 - 8:52 PM

 

Minutes of December 1, 2016 Meeting

Philadelphia Ship Model Society

 

The December 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:12 PM by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sick call was conducted, with no new reported issues. Jim Wheeler, Vice President, declared that we begin with the annual holiday celebration and partake of delicious treats provided by members.

 

A brief business meeting followed, which included the treasurer and secretary's reports.

 

The final order of business was election of officers. A verbal vote was conducted, approving the slate of nominees. A motion to make the vote unanimous was entered and seconded, and approved. The 2017 officers are as follows:

 

JR Wheeler            President

Todd Wardwell       Vice-President

Ed Leaf and

Steve Bulova           Treasury

John Bullock            Recording Secretary

 

Show 'N Tell

 

Photos will be posted to the web site.

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Post date: Feb 26, 2017 - 8:50 PM

February 2. 2017 PSMS  Philadelphia Ship Model Society    Secretary :  J.Bullock

 

Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Wheeler, president 

Show and tell

          A. Spencer Devine. - US Boxer 1905  : scratch built Navy training ship 

          B.  Ed Leaf - anchor retrieval model. - 1/96 scale. 

          C. Joe Giordano -  balsa ship. ( fathers stamp awards / plaques )Epoxy       explanation- Carol Maran / tub boat

          D.  Steve Bulova  - aircraft Carrier:  Theodore Roosevelt metal 1/220 scale gulf war

          C. Jim Wheeler - electronic items / LED lights servo tester.  Alhi express 

 

Break 

 

Pat - discussed Mystic Seaport. Ship Model conference 4/28 thru 4/29

Ship Shack schedule-  sign up 

Secretary report. Accepted. Jim McIntyre 2nd / Jim Rathburn 1st

Treasurers report. : Ed Leaf  effective 1/1/2017 thru 1/31/2017

Inflow:  $943

Outflow: $500 gift to museum

Checking Acct: $6,295.67

Savings Acct:    $6,178.80

Total:                $12,474.47

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Post date: Feb 26, 2017 - 8:44 PM

PSMS Model ship building society Phila : Minutes. 1/5/17.    Secretary : John Bullock 

 

 

Update 

Pledge of Allegiances 

Todd Wardwell- 3D printing.  - computers  how does it work.?

Great explanation of printing history

Not weed walker string!   Picture  ABS filament  / PLA. 

Detail for scale -  different styles and materials 

Micro mark equipment - 3-5 machines 

Discussion - printer life expectancy. Is better than air brushes 

Is it model building?

 

2.show and Tell: 

Titanic. ( Donnie). 1/1000 scale. 

Sub chaser. Scratch built

( Ed). Picket boat  WW1 

British corvette.  Water line model " the cruel sea "

John

Stereo view :. Monitor. / Kerasage 

Francine

British Destroyer - 1/96

Accept the minutes 

Treasurer report- $

2,502 plus side 

$11,524

Approved. First. Spencer

Second: John W 

Program:  usability of website   Problems 

Corinthian YC. Christmas dinner 12/17. Approved  12/17/17

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Post date: Feb 18, 2017 - 1:22 AM

I am posting this here mainly to test out the link system. Here is a blast from the past.

Enjoy this Feb 2014 Quarterdeck!

 

Feb 2014 Quarterdeck

 

Todd Wardwell

VP

Post date: Nov 4, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Minutes of November 3, 2016 Meeting

Philadelphia Ship Model Society

 

The November 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:12 PM by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sick call was conducted, with no new reported issues. Jim Wheeler, Vice President, introduced John Otto to conduct the White Whale auction.

Due to the ongoing SEPTA strike, attendance was low, which resulted in subdued bidding, and some great bargains were available for kits, tools, and books. The highest bids were for partially completed kits an Albatross and a Hershhoff 12 ½. Some small scale plastic kits were acquired with the intent to give them to children that show interest in the hobby when visting the model shack.

Show 'N Tell

Photos will be posted to the web site.

Old Business

The Treasurers report was deferred until the December meeting. Past meeting minutes were submitted, corrections noted, and were approved. 

Joe Jordan indicated model shack volunteers were...

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Post date: May 19, 2016 - 4:13 PM

 

 

Show N'Tell May 5

 

Mike Zimmerman was asked to do a demo for the NE Conference, so he showed how to make display cases. He explained how to translate measurements of the ship to compute measurements for the case.

 

Mike Weaver spoke about Egyptian river boats and showed his scratch-built model. Interesting points were that the boats had no keels, and were engineering marvels.

 

Craig Bennett showed his model of the USS Enterprise which he built 21 years ago. It is in excellent condition due to being kept in a display case. The Enterprise was the most decorated ship in US Naval history.

 

Joe Gudonis showed old photographs of cannon that were salvaged from around the city. John Christenzio told us that his wife would lead tours of the historic area where he lives.

 

John also showed us a series of books on British Warships that are outstanding references for model builders.

 

Francine brought in the hull of a Tribal Class Frigate. This class had only one screw, designed to replace the...

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Post date: May 19, 2016 - 4:09 PM

 

May 5. 2016 PSMS Meeting Minutes

 

The M ay 5, 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:16 PM by President Fred Signor. Jim McIntyre led the Pledge of Allegiance. Announcements included reminders to sign in for attendance record. Our guest speaker, Hal Taylorwas introduced.

 

Sick Call: John Bullock is recovering from a heart attack suffered on the golf course.

Jerry Kates is recovering a broken ankle.

 

Program

 

Author and illustrator Hal Taylor talked about the origins and history of the Delaware River. The story begins with Henry Hudson of the Dutch East India Company, which at the time was the largest company in the world. Various outposts were established over the years, some successfully, some not. More recently, river pilots were very active, and the famous concrete ship is still visible on the lower section of the river. In the 1700's Philadelphia was the second largest English-speaking city in the world, yielding only to London, which drove a lot of...

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Post date: Apr 12, 2016 - 4:06 PM

 

April 7, 2016 PSMS Meeting Minutes

 

The April 7, 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:13 PM by President Fred Signor who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Announcements included reminders to sign in for attendance records and to purchase 50/50 tickets.

 

David LaVine confirmed that he was joining as a new member.

Sick Call: Jim McIntyre, getting around with a walker.

Jerry Kates broke his ankle and has been in a rehab center

 

Program

 

Joe Gudonis brought a video recording from the “archives.” Recorded at a meeting several years ago, the video featured Bill Crothers, who spoke about seizing, worming, parceling,and serving a rope. He then showed a 1”=50' scale model of the circa 1850 naval vessel USS Mississippi. Bill spent his career as a naval architect.

 

Show N' Tell

 

Summary and Photos to be published on the website.

 

Old Business

 

The Secretary's report and...

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Post date: Apr 6, 2016 - 5:11 PM

 

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The 286th meeting of the Philadelphia Ship Model Society was called to order at 7:03 PM on March 3, 2016, by President Fred Signor.

 

Several visitors were welcomed, with four of them completing applications for membership:

 

Laura Giannini of Philadelphia

Lili Von Baeyer of Philadelphia

Robert Jones of Glenside, PA

David Labine of Oaklyn, NJ

 

Ed Riley, a former member, currently a member of the Delaware Chapter of the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)

` Fred Goodspeed

 

 

It was announced that Jim McIntyre is recovering and is now able to take the dog out with the assistance of a walker.

 

Program

Jim Wheeler introduced Stephen Farrell, Survey Team Leader for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District. They are responsible for maintaining a navigable channel on the Delaware River from New York to Maryland, and the intra-coastal along the Jersey Shore. The ships, equipment, and instruments used in both the past and...

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Post date: Mar 2, 2016 - 11:34 PM

 

The 285th meeting of the Philadelphia Ship Model Society was called to order at 7:11 PM on February 4, 2016, by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Announcements included reminders to sign in and that dues are due. The treasurer's report and minutes were accepted.

 

Program

 

Al Ponesca, President, Lisa Kolibabek, Volunteer Coordinator, and Jesse Lubovic, members of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild gave a presentation on the ships under their care. This includes Philadelphia's official tall ship “Gazela”, the tug “Jupiter”, and the barge “Poplar”. They are an all volunteer organization. This was likely Jesse's final visit with PSMS as, after 17 years with the Independence Seaport Museum where he was responsible for preservation of the flagship “Olympia” and World War II submarine “Becuna”, Jesse is relocating to Key West to assume responsibility for another museum ship, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Ingham”.
 

Show N' Tell

 

Summary and Photos to be published...

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Post date: Mar 2, 2016 - 12:13 AM

HOLD THE DATE !!

 

The Independence Seaport Museum will host its annual volunteer recognition dinner the evening of April 20th. Invitations will be sent but volunteers are welcome to RSVP now by contacting Emily Abernathy, ISM Volunteer Coordinator, at 215-413-8624 or by email to eabernathy@phillyseaport.org.

 

Beverages and dinner will be served. The ISM executive team will discuss the exciting plans and strategic actions being taken by the museum, and how volunteers will participate.

Submitted by Spencer Anderson

 

Post date: Feb 2, 2016 - 11:56 PM

The 284th meeting of the Philadelphia Ship Model Society was called to order at 7:06 PM on January 7, 2016, by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. It was noted that it was 85 years to the day from the first meeting of PSMS on January 7, 1931.

 

Program

 

Due to a late cancellation by the scheduled speaker, Vice President Jim Wheeler presented his experiences with submarine modelling. His presentation shared lessons-learned and expertise-gathered, all of which would be of great value to anyone interested in or considering modelling submarines.

 

Show N' Tell

 

Summary and Photos to be published on the website.

 

Business Meeting

 

The Secretary's minutes as published in the Quarterdeck were approved. The Treasurer's report was presented and approved.

 

Old Business

 

Ship Model Shack

 

Joe Jordan identified open dates in January and noted those who volunteered...

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Post date: Sep 17, 2015 - 8:58 PM

On September 12th, the Regatta was held at the ISM in Philly on the waterfront.  We had many boats on the water, all of which survived!  Subchaser 68 was in the water, ran well and looked great (to me).  The ballasting issue was a non-starter, and the model turned in about 2 boat lengths with the inner motor disabled on hard over rudder.  The range and endurance was really great.  I was really pleased after some aprehension about the model being distant in the water...

 

Post date: Aug 28, 2015 - 4:04 PM

I am about finished with the Subchaser SC 68.  She was built at the Mathis Yacht yard in Camden, NJ on 5/18/1918.  My first attempt to get her wet did not go well....thankfully it was in the bathtub with only about 3" of water.  When I let go, the boat careened and would have sunk in deeper water.  She floats below the (incorrectly) painted waterline, and when I added some sinkers to balance the boat it bacame very stable.  I leaned her over until the shear was wet, and she righted herself promptly.  I replaced the sinkers with lead shot in bags with the same results.  The additional weight did not make her float (much) deeper. Ready for a sea trial next week.  

 

The 3 motor set-up works fine.  The center motor is on one ESC and the outer motors are on a second ESC.  When the rudder is hard over, the inner moter is disconnected.  The turning radius is about 2 boat lengths.

 

There are many LED lamps in the pilot house running off the reciever and a distribution circuit by Eflight.  The running lights are also LED.  The white light in the bow is a grain of...

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Post date: Mar 6, 2015 - 5:04 PM

SCI Class Sub-Chaser Boat Kit 37-1/2" 1/35 Dumas

 

A total of nine members of the PSMS have taken on the challenge of building an RC model of a WW I Sub Chaser. The wooden model kit, manufactured by Dumas, is in 1:35 scale, and measures 38” long.

 

The Sub Chaser was a wooden boat, measuring 110 feet long. They were rushed into production to combat the U-Boat activity in the Atlantic, Europe, and along the U.S. coast. They were manufactured almost anywhere there was appropriate wood available to local boat builders, such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, Virginia, and Philadelphia. France and England each purchased over one hundred of these narrow-beamed boats, with the U.S. retaining an equivalent number.

 

They were powered by three petrol engines, although the kit provides instructions for a single screw.  Most of the members building the model are modifying the...

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