I have been building boat models for 52 years and
have, on more than one occasion, used them to initiate construction on the full
scale craft of the same model and suggest that you build the model at 1/4 scale
(3"=1'0") assuming you might want to install radio control equipment in it and
have the means to transport it to the lake ....the reasons are as
1. at 1/4 scale, you can easily build the model
using the same basic construction techniques as the full size craft
2. at 1/4 scale, potential building problems will
likely show up more readily than at a much smaller scale.
3. if the model is to be radio controlled, wave
action is much less of a problem at 1/4 scale than something much smaller and
the boat will perform better
4. building at 1/4 scale is a much more enjoyable
experience all around .....and the difference in material cost is well worth
In any case, if 1/4 scale presents a problem
from a transportation standpoint, I would suggest the next smaller scale that
will allow you to handle the model from shop to shore. At 1/4
scale, Gretchen would be 54" and Economy Jane would be 63" ......I am
currently building a 63" radio controlled live steam (2-cylinder marine Saito)
model of Weston Farmer's 25-foot "Diana" fantail launch (2.5"=1'0") and
she will ride happily in my Subaru Outback.
That's my two cents!
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