Full Size Printed Plans Scale 1:48 Mississippi River Stern Wheeler Dixie BELLE Suitable for radio control
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Recapture a touch of Mark Twain's Americana by building either an authentic 40 3/4‑in. steam powered operating model of a Mississippi Stern Wheeler
Full size printed plans on three 48” x 32”, 42” x 28” and 24” x 18”
Eleven page article with building notes, photos and Material lists (Not all shown)
Length 40 ¾”
Or convert to electric
Suitable for radio control
By Dick Ealy
Dixie Belle is a typical boat. The 40 3/4‑in. powered model is built to a scale of 1/4 in. = 1 ft.. The operating model churns along on quiet lake or lagoon waters, actually driven by the paddle wheel and the fascinating horizontal crank rod that churns back and forth
STEAMBOAT'S a'comin'‑" was a welcome cry heard up and down the Mississippi River in past generations. The river boat of Mark Twain's day was an awe‑inspiring sight as it rounded the last bend and eased up to the
A towering wooden superstructure topped the a highly ornamented pilot house seemed top‑heavy for the low freeboard of the hull. Clouds of smoke from the high stacks darkened the sky and the huge paddle wheel churned 01' Man River to a foam.
To the people of the river towns, a river boat's coming meant mail, express, passengers, freight and possibly show entertainment‑vital transportation that helped the inland United States grow. The stern‑wheeler design was apparently a product of America's ingenuity and was very efficient for shallow channels of Ole Miss' winding bed.