FULL SIZE PRINTED PLANS
R/C Steam–Powered Launch
RADIO CONTROL 5 CHANNEL
LENGTH 40 1/2 “
BEAM 10 3/4”
STEAM or ELECTRIC with Dummy Steam Engine
ONE FULL SIZE PLANS on SHEETS 52” x 36”
5 PAGES OF BUILDING NOTES, and PHOTOS (not all shown)
Believe it of not, steam powered model boating is tremendously popular through¬out the world. This very typical launch from the "Gay Nineties" era is nothing but class, from stem to stern.
By KILBURN ADAMS
Steam launches are thought by many marine historians to be among the most graceful craft-to travel the waterways of yesteryear. This particular one is typical of the steam launches of the " Gay Nineties", with its fantail stern. plumb bow, and sweeping sheer, and may evoke memories of the movie " African Queen".
Five channels of R/C are used to control steering, forward/reverse, throttle. Whistle and burner control but the burner control is not really necessary. The R/C model was scaled to fit the Saito line of imparted, ready-to-run steam engines. I chose the twin cylinder version for its self-starting capability j since It has no dead centers. These' engines can be purchased with or without the reverse, but the reverse seems especially fun on an IVC boat Steam engine's obtain reverse by changing the valve timing 180 degrees, and this make reversing quick and easy. Steam engines also put out high torque at very low RPM, and can turn large propellers at low RPM. The power and speed of this boat have impressed all who have seen it cruising the local pond.