Side Paddle River Boat Josie Olsen 311/2" Full Size Printed Plans for Radio Control


LENGTH 31 1/2”

Full Size Printed on Two sheets 32” x 24”
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Fifteen Pages Article and photos (Not all pages Shown )
NOTE: Additional Articles, Building from plans building Hulls, Plank on Frame, Weathering and Painting are included on the Cd

By Charles L. Flygare
This is a model of a river boat that could have been. She has no prototype because the men who built these ships left us no blue prints of their work. Evidently they were built by whittling a model of the hull, guestimating the placing of the superstructure, and eye-balling in the rest. They were real ships, well built and clean of line, some of them still in commission up to a few years ago. The engines were beau¬ties with a stroke of from 10 to 14 feet, and a piston from 3 to 4 feet in diam¬eter. All this was accomplished with crude tools, while steam power was just a growing boy.
The "Josie Olsen" is a combination of the pictures of several old ships. A 6 volt electric motor drives her paddle wheels and works her engine. Balsa wood was used throughout, except for the main deck and the engines, which are bass. To those who have an aversion to balsa, bass wood can be obtained cut to almost any size, down to 1/32 x 1/16" or in 1/32" sheets. Balsa was chosen for ease of cutting and bending, as this model has a planked hull, Also, to make it easier for our younger brothers who haven't too much building experience, or many tools.
Josie was built using only the following tools: An X-acto knife (ten # 11 blades); coping or hand jig saw (coarse and jeweller’s blades); Wilkro razor planer; pin vice with 1/16, 3/32, 1;8, 5/32 and 3/16" drills; needle nose pliers; cutting pliers; screw driver, very small; car mechanic's point file; ball point pen (marking balsa); plastic triangle for a square; compasses; paint brush 1/4 in.; ruler; sandpaper block; my wife's curved fingernail scissors for cutting sheet brass; soldering iron for the electrical connections.
This boat was built to be taken down to the "crick" and sailed. She has all the necessary fittings to-make a good looking ship and still not too much clutter to prevent easy access to the machinery, You are at liberty to add all the fancy trim, fittings, and ginger bread you please. As is, while not ex¬act in scale or shining with trim and varnish like a museum model. she will make a shelf model to be proud of.

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