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Old 11-24-2006, 02:51 PM   #81
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FC Traveling Art Studio

Here are the current ideas on the interior of our Flying Cloud. As I've mentioned before my coal is to remodel with the idea of creating a traveling Art studio. Several people have made similar remodels. Multiple function is what I'm after. I have included a couple of diagrams to show my current thinking. Here is the idea. The rear half of the trailer would be the living space. Twin beds, wet bath, closet and overhead storage. The twin bed area could also function as a seating/visiting area. There would be sliding door on both sides of the bath/closet area. The bed and bath area could be closed off with the sliding door between the bath and the kitchen area. The idea here is so when one of use choosed to work late on a project the other can have an area to sleep. The kitchen and front area will function as an art studio when desired. The front area will have several built-ins that can be folded out for varied work spaces. It can also function as an open are for larger projects. When not being used as a studio folding chairs can be used to make it an aditional visiting or eating area. Fresh water and gray water tanks will be placed in the frame area next to the axle. I'm open to lots of comments and suggestions.
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Old 11-24-2006, 04:35 PM   #82
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Here are the current ideas on the interior of our Flying Cloud. As I've mentioned before my coal is to remodel with the idea of creating a traveling Art studio. Several people have made similar remodels. Multiple function is what I'm after. I have included a couple of diagrams to show my current thinking. Here is the idea. The rear half of the trailer would be the living space. Twin beds, wet bath, closet and overhead storage. The twin bed area could also function as a seating/visiting area. There would be sliding door on both sides of the bath/closet area. The bed and bath area could be closed off with the sliding door between the bath and the kitchen area. The idea here is so when one of use choosed to work late on a project the other can have an area to sleep. The kitchen and front area will function as an art studio when desired. The front area will have several built-ins that can be folded out for varied work spaces. It can also function as an open are for larger projects. When not being used as a studio folding chairs can be used to make it an aditional visiting or eating area. Fresh water and gray water tanks will be placed in the frame area next to the axle. I'm open to lots of comments and suggestions.
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Thanks, love the graphics. You are a role model. JC Ferguson and UWE are in your league.
Yes, the placement of the fresh, grey and black tanks are critical in relation to the axle. Barry had quite a crash with his Spartan due to improper weight placement and hitch issues. InlandRV has also noted the importance of tank placement. That is a serious set of calculations in my opinion.
The placement of the bath and kitchen on the same side for plumbing efficiency is sweet. What are your plans for water heater?
Do you plan A/C? The latest house a/c's are so light and efficient and have upward venting, like Uwe's. Or will you use a roof mount? Power vents?
Great work.
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Old 11-24-2006, 06:09 PM   #83
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Akron Ohio has one like it too! I actually grew up near there (Ravenna Ohio) and saw big blimps flying in the 50's... Still garages the Goodyear blimps, but they are tiny compared to the WWII types. The one in Akron is supposedly the largest in the world, and it has it's own weather inside! It can actually rain inside if there is enough humidity. If I remember correctly the one in N.C. was built of plywood because of the war shortages... and it burned in the 80's.

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Old 11-26-2006, 09:04 AM   #84
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fastrob, wow thanks for the great comments. Now I really have something to live up to. The hot water will go under the sink in the original position. Yes, I plan on using on of the small home type AC's. Haven't decided where to put it yet. Weight and balance is very important. I've had my interesting experiences with pulling trailer years ago. I've seem a couple of threads where this is discussed. I need to look them up again. I've just finished a design for a fold out table. I'll include the images in a further post. It's been pretty cold here, so I'm working on inside projects.
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:37 PM   #85
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One in Moffet Field also made of plywood...

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Akron Ohio has one like it too! I actually grew up near there (Ravenna Ohio) and saw big blimps flying in the 50's... Still garages the Goodyear blimps, but they are tiny compared to the WWII types. The one in Akron is supposedly the largest in the world, and it has it's own weather inside! It can actually rain inside if there is enough humidity. If I remember correctly the one in N.C. was built of plywood because of the war shortages... and it burned in the 80's.

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I knew someone a long while back that told me that he had worked on the construction of the hanger at Moffet field and that it was also made of plywood.

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Old 11-27-2006, 12:47 PM   #86
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great drawings. i did notice in your layout that in the vicinity of your wet bath,the wheelwell is in there somewhere. i'm going by my FC and my guess is it may be right where your bath is. did you account for this?
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:08 AM   #87
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hey don,

just finished catching up on your thread. looks cool! you've got some good 3D skills there. looking forward to mor epics as it all comes together (as always!)

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urbanfood, I think you are right about the wheel wells. I was laying in bed last night and the same thought hit me. I'm going to use the diagram I have that has the wheel well layout included. This forum serves many purposes.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:39 PM   #89
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Registration Resurrection

Well it looks like we will finally get the 55 Flying Cloud registered. This means continuing planning etc. In fact Saturday we will be going go get a Marvel vintage fridge for the 55. We feel lucky to have found a original fridge for our project. It' electric only. I guess they were all that way at that period of time. Somewhere on the the forum I have read of a repair kit for the older propane powered fridges. Can anyone guide me to that thread? Joe, if you are out there I just wanted to let you know that you have convincec me to redo it similar to original.
Also I've got to get busy and fix the Bambi's broken shock. DonT want to miss the upcomming season.
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... if you are out there I just wanted to let you know that you have convincec me to redo it similar to original...

hi don!

good to see your note.

can't wait to look at the making sausage pictures too.

so if the restoration to near the original works out well...

can i borrow it sometimes?

think how much fun it would be to take it AND the bambi to a rally!

i'm sure the other half is very happy with your plans now too...

you'll have hisnhers trailers!

see ya camping soon.

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Here's one, don't know if it will help. The only one I could find.
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Marvel Fridge

The Marvel fridge is home. Everything is complete. This is the unit that has the function of being a Ice box as well. There are some hooks in the upper left had side of the inside. Looks like there was some kind of cage that might have hung here. Anyone know what they were for? I will be doing a complete restoration on this unit. We are very pleased to have it for our 55 Cloud.
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In full planning mode

Well we got the registration complete on the 55 Flying Cloud. We even have the licence now. So there no more excuses. I have the floor plan layed out. After some resurch I believe I know what the original floor plan was. There is a 55 on Vintage Airstream.com archives. Our trailer still had the aluminum channel strips where the walls were placed. Also the kitchen sink and stove were still in the trialer. So I am going to reconstruct the interior very close to original, "in looks". Holding tanks etc. will be added to make it a more modern trailer in use. Included here is a link to my SketchUp Blog where I have several 3d drawing of the plans so far. As always, I 'm always open for input and comments.
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very nice don!

the 3d renderings give a great perspective on the interior space.

based on how the bambi looks completed, it's gonna be fun to see this one evolve...

reappear might be a better word.

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Hi Don,
I've just re-read your thread and really enjoyed seeing what you've done, and look forward to further progress.
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2air, thanks for the positive suport. I may reconsider and turn the FC into a gas tanker. That way we might have enough fuel to make it to rallies. Then we can sleep in the back of the truck.
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Fyrzowt, It's going to be great to get back at this project. I'm looking forward to doing the woodwork in the Flying Cloud.
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I like the dinette, and the cool table. I can't wait to see it come together!
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