Full Size Printed Plan build a River Launch 1:12 Scale 24" River princess for radio control
Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes
No material plans only
A small version of Vic Smeed's river launch
Full Size Printed on a sheet 25” x 24”
Ten Page Article, building notes and photos (not all shown)
STEAM or Convert to Electric
Clinker building is a method of construction which, it is generally agreed, was evolved in northern Europe in the indeterminate past. The classic examples are the Viking ships of around 1200 years ago, but at least some 12th century cogs used clinker planking above water and one of the ships of the 1587 Davis expedition to find the "North west Passage" was clinker built. This expedition's log makes some of the earliest references to a pump, by the way, and in connection with the clinker vessel!
The name is a corruption of clench or clinch building the fastenings used for the overlapping planks being driven through and clenched over. The form of construction avoids the need for tight edge to edge joints and by firmly joining two thicknesses of timber at each overlap produces a hull of excellent strength and rigidity for modest weight. A further effect for the overlaps is to reduce rolling to a small extent by their braking action, strength 'weight and hydrodynamic advantages are sufficient to make it worth moulding this type of hull in g.r.p. for modern full size use.
Despite the falling out of use of the method on large craft, clinker remained by far the most usual form of construction for small boats for pulling, sail or power until the advent of marine ply and, later, glassfibre, and even today quite a lot of small wooden craft are still built in this way. Early steam paddle tugs were frequently clinker built, as were most ships' lifeboats and naval whalers and many pleasure launches. Rowing boats were rarely built any other way and vast numbers are still turned out for longshore use, hire craft, yacht tenders and so on.
The subject of our plan is from this period. As a passenger launch for jaunts on lake or river
Full Size Printed Plan to build a freelance Scale1:12 Steam Launch suitable for radio control