We got this great story from loooong time fellow WoodyBoater Roberta Hegy. Her amazing Glen-L is very well known and loved. So she of course took it even farther with.. Oh hell, she tells the story so much better, and spells word things betterer. But no captions so I get to make them up! Woohooo
Honey, I Shrunk the Boat!!!
By Roberta Hegy
Many of you know me from various shows I have attended around the country with my hubby, Richard.
We joined the Glacier Lakes Chapter of ACBS back in 2010 after building my first boat, a Glen L Zip. One
other boat I built was a Glen L Super Spartan for our Grandkids. Eventually, I built the Glen L Torpedo,
which has been our pride and joy.
As we all grow old (hopefully) our bodies dictate what we can and can’t do. Well, Arthritis reared it’s
ugly head and required I get a new knee. It also took a toll on my hands and required I slow down my
activities or I would not be able to continue other things I loved to do like guitar and crafts. Still having
the desire to build things, I decided I would build a 1/6 th scale RC model of the Torpedo.
The model was made by scaling the original loftings from the full-scale Torpedo. Frames were cut from
leftover plywood used in the full size boat. The setpoint for the motor stringers was used, holes punched
in the frames, and oak dowels were used on a mini build form in place of actual motor stringers. A keel
was laid, chines were set, and the shears and harpin were installed just as in the full size boat.
Hull planking and sub-decking was applied as in the full size boat. Iron on mahogany purchased from a
woodworking store was stripped to scale shapes and sizes and applied to the sub-deck. These were
stained in original colors and clear coated.
Trying to find scale hardware and parts proved difficult. Some parts were crafted by hand while some
were designed in 3D cad and printed on my inexpensive 3D printer. The printer proved to be invaluable
as I was able to use free software for designing and slicing programs for various parts and the printer,
itself, was under $250.00.
An electric motor powers the boat and is controlled by a speed controller and rudder servo via the radio
control system. LiPo batteries provide electric power.
I have performed some preliminary sea trials in the pool. Hoping to do actual lake runs later this year.
The boat appears to do scale speeds of 8-10 MPH.
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