NEMES Annual Show

17 February 2007

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The first three rows of photos show some scenes of the setting up process that is usually not seen.  A lot of work goes into running even a small club show like ours and we are fortunate to have a have number of members who cheerfully chip in to make it all happen.  

Setting Up video clip  Broadband     Dialup

DSC00686.JPG (119786 bytes)  L to R are Ed Rogers & Herb Cotterly & Ernest Smith

DSC00688.JPG (82042 bytes)  Gail Martha setting up the coffee pot

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DSC00693.JPG (95965 bytes)  Bill Lopoulos (back to camera), Phil Goodwin, Norm Jones, Todd Cahill

DSC00694.JPG (151740 bytes)  Rich Sabol (in the truck) unloads material with the help of John Rex

DSC00695.JPG (146476 bytes)  Unloading his car is Larry Keegan  

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DSC00698.JPG (131600 bytes)  Rich Hubbard 

DSC00708.JPG (109293 bytes)  Setting up on the first floor is l to r Larry Ubanski, Dick Boucher, Norm
Jones and John Rex.

DSC00709.JPG (132019 bytes)  Rollie Gaucher and John Rex (R)

DSC00710.JPG (119053 bytes)  Rollie Gaucher sets up his exhibit

DSC00711.JPG (124859 bytes) Todd Cahill (L) chats with Bob Cummins of new England Brass

Dave Osier's Elbow Engine     Broadband    Dialup

Various Engines  Broadband    Dialup

Bill Brackett's Kinetic Sculpture  Broadband    Dialup

Ed Rogers radial aircraft engine and Ford V-8  Broadband   Dialup

In a radial engine the crankcase is bolted to the firewall and the crankshaft and propeller rotate when the engine runs.  The radial engine was developed during the 1920's and was the main source of power for many of the fighters and bombers of WWII.  

Rollie Gaucher's  wonderful Bentley Rotary Engine.  Broadband    Dialup

This is a mode of a WWI aircraft engine and runs beautifully smooth.  The rotary engine style had the crankshaft bolted to the fire wall of the aircraft and the crankcase and cylinders spin with the propeller which is bolted to the crankcase.  In the movie Fly Boys there is a scene where the mechanic props an airplane through and it fires up.  BUT the cylinders can be seen through the prop blur and they are stationary!  Ooooo,  technical error!  Later in a scene in the hanger a mechanic is working on an engine and when he moves it the cylinders can be seen rotating with the crankcase.  A true rotary engine of the era.  If you are interested a visit to the web site of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome  will give you more information on aircraft of that era.  A visit to the Aerodrome would be even better!  Located north of New York city it is well worth a visit by anyone interested in things mechanical.

The parking situation at the museum is such that it is necessary to park in the municipal lot across the Charles River and walk across a footbridge to get to the museum.  These photos show the falls just upstream from the museum building and the overall building in which the museum is located.  

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For those not familiar with the Public Radio program Car Talk Click and Clack are the hosts of the hour long weekly auto tip show.

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A desktop Swiss Screw Machine was turning out tiny brass nails for model wooden ship construction. The Swiss screw machine was showed by Fred Widmer. Fred rescued it from a dumpster (when the Waltham Watch Factory moved) and he refurbished it. It is missing some parts, but Fred has used it to make treenails for model boats.
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This beautiful tractor was powered by a hit and miss engine.  The hit & miss tractor was shown by Dave Perreault. His brother Dick (R) brought the beautifully carved walking stick.
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Herb Cotterly made this lovely scale model of his cabin cruiser for his married daughter to have after he is gone and the 1:1 scale boat is, presumably, no longer in the family.

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A beautiful all wood "steam" engine by Ernest Smith.  Runs best on "dry steam" I bet!

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DSC00724.JPG (174038 bytes)  Dave Piper's daughter Ava and her mother admiring one of Ernest Smith's creations

Not everyone is enchanted by model engines.  Elaine Plaisted found a quiet corner and settled in to catch up on her reading.

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A serious discussion about "putt putt" engines between Joel Peck (L) and Les Russell (R)

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Views from the balcony level of the activity on the lower level of the museum

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The 17th was a beautiful cold crisp day.  The recent snow storm left a coating of snow on the parking lot

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Joe Ng's handsome PS4 in 1" scale  Video of Joe's engine can be seen at 

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Trebuchet you say?  this "kid powered" machine was built at a summer camp.  The counterweight is supplied by kids hanging on the dangling ropes.  It will throw a small weight about 200 feet.  Trebuchet and recliner bike by Jeff del Papa
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(L) An illustration of the Lowell loom replica (R) being built by museum volunteers

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By the end of the day the pickings were pretty slim at the snack counter

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More photos of the show may be seen at  thank you Jim Hemenway for contributing these pictures

Photos contributed by Norm Jones are on a separate page HERE  this page added on 26 February 2007

Another CD sent by Al Goldberg also arrived today (the 26th) and the photos may be seen HERE


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