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Vintage Teardrop Camping Trailer

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  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Vintage Teardrop Camping Trailer
Posted by gasser59 on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 3:35 PM

Hi fellas. I've been working on this for a while now and thought I'd post a few pictures before I make the base. I started with a basic frame and scratch built everything else.

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Posted by gasser59 on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 3:39 PM

I made the chair and table from basswood and piano wire then stained and weathered them. The bed has a printable fabric with a southwestern blanket theme. Inside the camper on the bed is a flyrod tube and a couple of vintage Outdoor Life magazines. The flyrod is another piece of piano wire painted to resemble bamboo and the reel seat, handle and reel were fabricated using my Dremel Styles as a lathe. I've started the base and have made a few tall pine trees made with a hog's hair furnace filter and tapered wooden dowels.

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    August, 2012
Posted by mod3llover on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 2:08 PM

    Gasser59,

 Your work on this project is outstanding!!

And trust me when I say I don't use that

description very often.

  I have a build I'm doing that is similar, but

it is going to be a home built trailer thing is

on a double axle frame.

  I'm going to add real lighting and working

features that I think will be fun.

  Keep up the awesome work, you have true

talent that's for sure!

  David S.

Hobby time is Happy time!

     David S.

  • Member since
    February, 2004
  • From: Middle Earth
Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 4:54 PM

This is a nice, straight forward project. I love all the little details.

 Cruising on empty, running into the sun...

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Posted by gasser59 on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 6:46 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Still working on the base. Here's a pic of the pine trees. They still need some Static Grass applied.

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    February, 2005
  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 6:49 PM

Gasser...Your scratch building skills are very impressive...I had to take a couple looks to spot all the details

Dennis

 

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    September, 2012
Posted by Scooter261 on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 6:53 PM

Fantastic!  Neat subject  to do.

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    November, 2013
Posted by fifer on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:21 PM

59 , you need to be a model railroader !!!!!

LOL

Nice, Mike

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote ‘happy’. 
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
-- John Lennon

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Los Angeles
Posted by BirdWatcher on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:43 PM

Superb detailing, I really love the trees, how about a tree tutorial? I'd definitely be interested. Awesome job!

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Posted by gasser59 on Thursday, May 08, 2014 12:41 PM

I can certainly do a tutorial but I'm not the one who came up with this. I found a guy on YouTube who did it. Do a search for 'furnace filter trees'.

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    November, 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, May 10, 2014 5:20 AM

Superb build gasser59, well done, it's something I should have thought about.

I have scratchbuilt a teardrop, as I'm in the UK kits/resins from the USA are very expensive to ship, so I used odds and sods from the parts box.

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Posted by gasser59 on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 11:02 AM

Thanks Patrick. I like your teardrop too. Does it open up?

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    November, 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:49 AM

No unfortunately not. It's I suppose purely a 'curbside'!

I built it mainly out of plasticard because buying one from the US is so expensive due to the costs: cost of kit/bodyshell +$28 shipping and sometimes £20 customs at this end.

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Posted by gasser59 on Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:44 PM

A bit more done on this dio. I acquired some Static Grass locally and covered the base with a couple of different colors and gave gave the trees a light coating of the same grass applied with spray glue. Here's a couple of pictures.

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I then mounted the trees to the base and made a step based on an old wooden soda crate.

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More to come, thanks for following along.

On Edit: not sure why my photos are links and not actual photos. Did it like I've done every other time.

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Posted by gasser59 on Tuesday, March 01, 2016 7:30 AM

The dio and the base are finally done. Here's a few pictures.

I really enjoyed this build and the new techniques and materials.

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    November, 2013
Posted by fifer on Tuesday, March 01, 2016 7:39 AM
That is an outstanding job. I am sure Cabella's would love to have it!!!! Mike

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote ‘happy’. 
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
-- John Lennon

  • Member since
    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, March 01, 2016 9:14 AM

Hi ;

 Even though it would hurt physically to get in and out of that thing . I LOVE IT ! I went to a show and looked at them . I needed help getting out .

   Now the model . You are very good at this thing called modeling . Keep up the good work . A little trailer, a great campsite and nothing to bother you but the wildlife . that's a story I like in Dios and real life .      OldCarGuy

gjgeracci
  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, March 01, 2016 9:54 AM

Amazing detail in this build, even have the birds in the treetops.  I can almost smell the trout frying over the campfire.  Great job.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Posted by gasser59 on Tuesday, March 01, 2016 9:59 AM

This was a fun build and shares another passion of mine and that's camping in a vintage trailer. I have a '59 Airstream and love to boondock and get off the grid in a remote forested area.

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: NW Phoenix
Posted by gasser59 on Tuesday, March 01, 2016 9:59 AM

Thanks fellas. Much appreciated.

gasser59

On the bench - '59 Chevy Scout Truck & '41 Willys pickup gasser.

  • Member since
    November, 2013
Posted by fifer on Tuesday, March 01, 2016 10:52 AM

I just realized you are almost a neighbor.

Mike

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote ‘happy’. 
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
-- John Lennon

  • Member since
    February, 2016
Posted by jbwelda on Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:54 PM

That is SO kool! Right down to the travel decals on the door! And all that scratchbuilt! Spectacular!

 

jb

 

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