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Old 12-18-2005, 08:48 AM   #1
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Torpedo Plans

Any one know how to get a set of plans for the original Torpedo (and a Papoose also)? With the new BaseCamp it would be neat to see the original plans that inspired it and maybe seek one's own inspiration.
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Old 12-18-2005, 09:01 AM   #2
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Dr. Holman said at the international (several years ago) that indeed he had the plans that his father used to build the one that he still brings to the international. I do not know how you would get hold of him or whether he would be willing to share them in a public forum.
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Old 12-18-2005, 01:32 PM   #3
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Someone in our Unit has a set of the plans he got from Dr Holman. Apparently Holman had an accident on the way to international one year many years ago, and this man helped him fix it up, and the only reward he asked for is a set of the plans. They used the plans to build a cardboard version they used in the parade at international last year. I will see if he will share them with me. I'd like to see them as well and talked to him about them at the last rally. His wife's in the hospital right now, so it's not a good time, but if I can get them I will.
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OK I'll kick this thread one more time. There are several threads that address this topic but I find no recent posts. Has anyone come across plans for the 1935 Byam Torpedo either original or reproduced? I think that this would be a great build project to take on.
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I have inquired the same question before. Plans are said to exist, but I think they are sitting in the same vault as the Holy Grail. Dale Schwanborn gave me some copies of trailer plans from Mr. Byam's estate. In the copies was one page of the Torpedo. The same plans appear in the latest Airstream Life magazine. In the day that people bought these plans, they were much more self sufficient than we are today. The plans are very basic and the builder did a great deal more of figuring out how to make into a finished project. If you do not have the latest Airstream Life, you might want to get a copy.
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MsRivet and I just returned from the Tin Can Tourist 90th. Annual Winter Convention on Sunday and found the latest issue of Airstream Life in the PO Box. I had been kicking around the idea of this build for a while and the article sparked my interest again. The drawings in the article are the closest that I have found to an actual layout with dimensions.

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Issue

I don't subscribe so I will have to order a back issue or off of ebay. Which issue exactly is it and please describe the cover. I want to make very sure I get the right one.
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Torpedo article

It is in the current issue, Spring 2010. Thanks for your interest. I seldom get feedback of any kind, even tangentiality, but it helps in motivating me to keep writing.
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That was a great article, Forrest. Good job.

Did you have access to any additional plans or drawing or blueprints that were not included in the magazine?
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I just read this months issue and let me say this is the best one to date. Great job Forrest. I have read it cover to cover twice
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Sounds like a good project,maybe I`ll just have to do some guessing also. Dave
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That was a great article, Forrest. Good job.

Did you have access to any additional plans or drawing or blueprints that were not included in the magazine?
Thanks,

I had to simplify the blueprint somewhat for the article, and the framing diagram was left out. So here it is.

I'd love to see someone build one from scratch. As you can see the framing leaves a lot to the discretion of the builder.
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Frank keeps on saying he's going to build one of these. I'd love to see it happen!

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It is in the current issue, Spring 2010. Thanks for your interest. I seldom get feedback of any kind, even tangentiality, but it helps in motivating me to keep writing.
Forrest, I feel bad for not giving you a bigger plug. Your article was very inspirational. I love the early pre war trailers and wish there were more around. Airstream or other brand I like them all very much. Great article and thank you. It actually has me building one in my head. Some people count sheep, I build trailers from the axle up to fall asleep. I was amazed reading the article by all the amenities packed into the Holman trailer. For such a small space, it really has it all.
As Marcus said, I have been toying with building one for a while. I was thinking of using all aluminum construction instead of wood wall framing. I also think a ladder frame would be a little better than the wood one in the original plans.
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I don't subscribe so I will have to order a back issue or off of ebay. Which issue exactly is it and please describe the cover. I want to make very sure I get the right one.
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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.
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Is anyone still able to see the images I posted? I'm not seeing them, they seem to be gone.
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Wait, now they're back. Must be my connection.
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The TAB actually is quite similar in design, and I'd be more interested in it if it were not for the fact that I can't stand up straight in one. Yet, the TAB has managed to stay in the market place, whereas Airstream's Basecamp hasn't. Why is that? They are both about the same size as the Torpedo and the similarities don't seem coincidental.
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Although I do agree with Frank. I eventually am going to try a complete layout with aluminum framing.
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I have a picture of PeeWee holding up the plans for the Torpedo on my non-functioning computer so I'll go look through my back-up drive and see what I can find.

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