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Old 03-08-2010, 10:42 PM   #29
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Does one in VR count?
I did this up last winter for a modeling project. Planned on using a Ford model A car kit for running gear and details. Body would have been embossed .010 styrene sheet, with bars and channels from Evergreen.
Best laid plans.. Picked up another Vintage trailer and have spent the last year working on the real thing.

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You guys are way ahead of me, I had thoughts of doing a model out of cardboard.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:21 PM   #30
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Current issues are carried by Books-a-million and others. You can also go to the Airstream Life web site and order a copy, IIRC @$8/copy.
Sorry to say Airstream Life is no longer in bookstores. But we do now offer digital downloads of certain articles on our website. You can buy a digital copy of Forrest's article for just a buck here. You'll get an immediate link where you can download your copy.

Or, if you want the entire Spring 2010 issue on paper, you can still buy it here.
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:04 PM   #31
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They're not Dale's, and really they're not even Dr. Holman's - the plans are Wally's.
I'm not talking legalities here since the copyright on the actual plans ran out long ago unless renewed, but just saying a courtesy would probably be appreciated since the image was cropped from one of Dale's. Technically and legally, Dale owns the copyright to his photo and his likeness (even thought cropped out). If those plans were part of his mother's estate, he would own them. Not sure if there is a difference between "borrowing" the image of the plans and "borrowing" the actual plans without permission.

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Sorry to say Airstream Life is no longer in bookstores. But we do now offer digital downloads of certain articles on our website. You can buy a digital copy of Forrest's article for just a buck here. You'll get an immediate link where you can download your copy.

Or, if you want the entire Spring 2010 issue on paper, you can still buy it here.
I was unaware that they were no longer available in bookstores. I, too, have been a subscriber from issue one.
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:19 PM   #32
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Aluminum Frame Idea

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Old 03-10-2010, 03:32 PM   #33
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Nice work Tom. So what's the thought on a frame. I know a lot of teardrop guys start with the red HF frames with reinforcements & corner gussets, but a Chinese frame under that wouldn't work for me.

Frank, you said all aluminum for the walls, are you talking about Al for the frame as well?
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #34
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I'm thinking of () using a recovered pop-up camper frame. I've got my eye on a popup in which the canvas and the floor are shot. The guy wants 100 bucks for it. I figure strip it down and make sure the frame is prepped for reuse. From there I would lay the flooring and mount the frame atop the floor the same as current Airstreams are done. The exterior would be covered with aluminium. The only drawback with using rectangular tubing is the riveting will have to been done with blind rivets (structural, multi-grip or tri-grip).
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:07 PM   #35
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That's a good idea Tom, then you've got a VIN the DMV will like.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:21 PM   #36
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Yep, and in WV they don't look to see if the trailer matches with any of the numbers.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:15 PM   #37
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Good idea on using a recycled frame. When I photo dimensioned my plans I think I came up with a 3" tall frame rail. Bigger might be better however.

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The only drawback with using rectangular tubing is the riveting will have to been done with blind rivets (structural, multi-grip or tri-grip).
Why not use z bar. That'll make riviteng a lot easier.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:37 PM   #38
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"Why not use z bar. That'll make riviteng a lot easier."

I like the structural strength of the rectangular framing idea because I've seen our machine shop guys bend it and form it for equipment repairs. It seems to hold the shape well after the bend with very little compression of the thickness along the bend. That was my first preference I jumped on. C-channel requires to much care to avoid distortion when using a home bending jig. Z-bar would probably be good for the sidewall struts, where straight pieces are required. I'm not an engineer, just guessing.
It's (aluminum) got to be better than plywood, especially for longevity of the trailer.
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Of course if you really wanted to go high tech........
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So how is everyone doing with their Torpedo builds? Any new thoughts?
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Ditto... on how is everyone doing on building one of these? Inquiring minds would like to know. Any update on builds?
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Does a teardrop version qualify?

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