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Old 01-04-2017, 03:05 PM   #29
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Even with resources, I envy your skill!

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Old 01-04-2017, 03:07 PM   #30
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dont know how purist this place is, but i figured id share my project... I just bought a bunch of aluminum and steel and was heavily inspired by the 1958 'der Kleiner Prinz" and decided to give it a go. Joining to ask questions and get inspired and borrow ideas from people . I can help with most metal shaping questions that many have.

big compass

lots of bending
forming panels... each slice of the end took me 3 hours on an english wheel and pullmax.

by far the hardest part to build...

wooden buck to form wheel wells
all one piece of .050 3003-h14

Marine grade exterior ply as the floor... I need to treat the bottom... any suggestions?

Vintage plymouth bumper, hehr windows... etc... I need to form window visors and such next..

Does anybody have suggestions as to what to use for the large inner structure for sealing? Im talking about covering the aluminum skeleton and rivets? Airstream seemed to use a Tar like substance.. and aside from using 20 tubes of sikaflex I can't fathom using tar...

Great job ! I wouldn't have the patience to see it trough .

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Old 01-04-2017, 03:16 PM   #31
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Old 01-04-2017, 03:42 PM   #32
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Old 01-04-2017, 04:25 PM   #33
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Very nice!
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:02 PM   #34
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Very nice work, Tor. You are truly insane. Hard to beat Silkaflex. I assume you can buy it at a discount from the local building supplier; no need to track down and pay a premium to FedEx delivery of non-stock stuff.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:21 PM   #35
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That is art. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:55 AM   #36
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My oldest son Christopher would LOVE this project! He loves working with metals.
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Old 01-05-2017, 01:41 AM   #37
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Great concept, beautifully executed!
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:26 AM   #38
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AWESOME! Would love to be your neighbor. I was a tin bender in the Marine Corps but we didn't get to build our own airplanes.
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:17 AM   #39
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Incredible first post. You are a aluminum artist. Airstream can learn a thing or two from you toreadorxlt. Marine plywood is ONE. Shepard...the name has a nice ring to it.
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Old 01-05-2017, 08:14 AM   #40
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Even if this forum was full of purists, which it's not, your work would still be impressive.

There is a great appreciation here for creativity, skills, building, tools and shops.

Those wheels well covers are works of art.

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Old 01-05-2017, 08:27 AM   #41
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Wow thank you all for the comments, suggestions and feedback. I'm a little concerned about crosswinds but i dont think its any different than a small landscape trailer. I have a 4" drop axle and the chassis is pretty low. I put the axle back a little more than average to help with some tongue weight/stability.

As far as why so small, I want to keep it light to tow with my truck or jeep. I don't see myself using it for more than a weekend getaway, and I dont want water or plumbing or gas honestly, keep it simple, think tent on wheels.

Here's some more construction pictures for those interested. I drew the whole thing in CAD (Rhino) before I even started. The big shop isn't mine, it's my sheetmetal mentor, Wray Schelin's. He was kind enough to let me do the rough work in his shop for a week. He teaches metal shaping out of MA, and is world known for his Jaguar Restoration. I started down this wormhole about 5 years ago, and built just about every ounce of my shaping/forming equipment, becuase I couldn't afford it at the time. The whole think is 6063 for framing .060" 3003-h14 for panels. Its a bit thicker than a real airstream but i like the idea of some dent resistance.

For the floor, I didnt want to make cardboard templates in the freezing cold for hours, so I 3D Scanned the camper, and printed 1:1 cut templates for the wood. The end result was fast floors that fit great.. Took two hours to make the whole floors and 20 minutes to scan.

I have about $2000 in this thing so far and I started in July, working casually between car restorations and working full time. The finaly budget is hopefully $4,000 or less
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:13 AM   #42
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Sell the plans, give lessons .. what a great project. Please keep us posted!

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