New member with questions
- Hey all,
I'm in southeastern Wisconsin and looking at starting to build a boat in the next year or two. I'm looking at either the Gretchen or the Economy Jane. Has anyone built either of these? And does anyone know where I might find some scaled down plans so I can build a model of it before I attempt full size.
you can order the plans and make the model 3/4"=1' without changing anything.
On 10/6/10, Dan Wilde <wilded73@...> wrote:
> Hey all,
> I'm in southeastern Wisconsin and looking at starting to build a boat in the
> next year or two. I'm looking at either the Gretchen or the Economy Jane.
> Has anyone built either of these? And does anyone know where I might find
> some scaled down plans so I can build a model of it before I attempt full
- 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 follows:1. at 1/4 scale, you can easily build the model using the same basic construction techniques as the full size craft2. 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 better4. building at 1/4 scale is a much more enjoyable experience all around .....and the difference in material cost is well worth itIn 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!John Campbell6300 Campbell Hill RoadBelton, Texas 76513