Full Size Printed Plan Scale 1:16 Victorian River Launch MABEL Suitable for radio control
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Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes
No material plans only
Victorian River Launch
Full Size printed plan on a sheet 34" x 20"
Five-page article with building notes and photos
Scale 1:16 ( 3/4" = 1ft)
For Radio Control
designed by Basil Harley
My choice fell on a lake or river launch from Victorian or Edwardian times. E. J. Gregory's painting Boulter's Lock, Sunday Afternoon 1895 (in the Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight) has two such Thames steamers with their tall white funnels and little cabins at the stern. The Windermere Steamboat Museum still has examples of similar vessels. One of them, Branksome, was built at about the same time and Mabel has much in common with her. Scale is about 3/4in to 1ft and so she represents a boat some 45ft long — the crew and passengers are between 3in and 4in high — and though she has no pretensions to being a scale model, I think she is a good representation of the general type of elegant 'fair weather' boats often owned by the well-to-do Victorian business man.