Motor Vessel PUT-IN-BAY

1/25th scale model - built by Carl Rees

Ferry Put-in-Bay loaded with vintage cars and trucks.
The Miller Boat Line vessel, Put-in-Bay, makes another trip to Put-in-Bay.

Captions by master model builder Carl Rees.
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(41 pictures - click on picture to open larger version)
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This is how I think the ship would
have looked in the summer of 1961
with the enclosed and expanded
passenger cabin.
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All of the vehicles on the deck have
Ohio 1961 license plates. The local
vehicles have the suffix "P" on the
plates. 9 of the 12 vehicles on the
deck were built just for the boat
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The side of the model shows tire
marks acquired while docking.
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There are 42 hand made decals
on the boat and the vehicles on
the deck.
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The two deck hands are preparing
to dock the ship.
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The model is just over 30 inches
along and 18 inches wide not
including the base it sets on.
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The flag is 2 decals on aluminum
foil. The foil makes the flag stick
out as though it were blowing the
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The close up shows the ship's
bell., spotlight, radar unit,
clearance light and the ship's
captain (which bears a striking
resemblance to Glenn Cooper)
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Various views show some of the
detail like the life preservers, rope,
grab irons, port holes fire station
and the people.
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Scuff marks, rust and oil stains
are visible on the deck. You can
see the builders plate on the
island and a young passenger
taking a picture.
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The fishing boat is the first boat
I ever built and was built just to
be where it is. Check out the
detail, it has a motor fuel line
and gas tank, anchor, tackle
box, fishing pole, bucket and
life jacket. This model by itself
won a first place at the local
IPMS model show.
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The model builder repositions
the model for more photos. My
shop is visible in the background.
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A close look at this picture
reveals the back window in the
pilot house, the exhaust system,
the flag staff, the mast light
stanchion and some of the
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Two of the passengers watch as
the PIB crosses the lake. You
can see the detailing on the
ceiling in the passenger cabin.
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The model was built over a period
of ten years working on it off and
on. The last two years I worked on
it every weekend during the winter.
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I probably have well over 600
hours building time, not including
the vehicles.
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The full hull is waterproof
and equipped with 2 electric
engines. The twin rudder system
is fully functional. The model was
built to be radio controlled but
has never been in the water.
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The model was built as close to
the original as possible. Even
the steps to the passenger cabin
are 100% accurate.
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The hull was made from sheets of
wood and is gel-coated to make it
waterproof. Everything above
the deck was made from styrene
plastic except the mesh around
the pilot house and passenger
deck which is brass.
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This is one of my favorite views
of the ship. The off set pilot house
and curvature of the deck are plainly
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I went aboard many times to measure
and photograph the details of the ship.
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This view of the port side of the
pilot house shows the compass,
ship's wheel and the Morse controls.
Unfortunately what you can't see is
the pilot's wooden stool and the
linoleum floor, again just like the
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Pilot house radar screen and radio
are visible at the Captain's finger tips.
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On the console you can see the
engine controls, gauges and levers.
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The ceiling in the pilot house
contains the ship's documents.
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The ceiling in the tunnel has adult
life jackets. They are held in place
with boards and ropes for easy
access in case of emergency.
There are 54 life jackets accurate
down to the webbing that holds
them together stored here. The
come along that holds the chain
across the deck opening is also
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This view of the passenger cabin
shows a schedule on the purser's
office window. You can also see
the trash basket held in place with
a bunge cord just like the real ship.
Also visible is tan emergency light,
fire extinguisher and seating for
the passengers.
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A view of the tunnel from the stern
shows the forward fire station, the
internal detailing including the
storing of the life jackets.
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The vehicles on the deck include
a Mac's cab, and a National Parks
GMC carry-all.
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A Reibel House Ford station
wagon, Schnoor & Fuchs panel
truck, and my Dad's 1954 Ford
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I would like to thank Miller Boat Line, Bill Market and his crew for allowing me access to the ship during the building of the model.

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