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Old 01-04-2017, 11:42 AM   #1
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New Member... homemade "airstream"

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...
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:02 PM   #2
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That's pretty wicked. Check out this thread on sealants. Tons of good info in there:


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Old 01-04-2017, 12:14 PM   #3
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Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:30 PM   #4
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Really cute and cool, hope it serves you well!
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:42 PM   #5
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Beautiful work!
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:42 PM   #6
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Great work. Keep it up.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:48 PM   #7
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Other than saying, "Welcome to the forum", all I can say is WOW!!

...... to have your skills/tools/shop, etc!
I this great country!!!!
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:48 PM   #8
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Wow! Mad skills you have there!
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:49 PM   #9
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Wow, great work! A friend of mine has a home built airstream, but it was built using airstream parts.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:58 PM   #10
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You are an awesome craftsman...
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:09 PM   #11
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That is some fantastic metal work, please keep the post and pics coming on your build.
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:14 PM   #12
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Awesome!! ������
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:20 PM   #13
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I'll tell you how purist this place is. It's purist enough that I'm sure we are all in awe of your craftsmanship and skill. Beautiful work.
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:24 PM   #14
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It looks pretty sharp. It does look tall for the length. What are the measurements? You may need to watch out for cross winds.

Lots of talent and craftsmanship! I look forward to what you do inside.
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:25 PM   #15
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Ditto on the Awesome...

...envious of the shop, tooling, and talent... very nice project!
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:26 PM   #16
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Love the wheel well and fender skirt work.

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Old 01-04-2017, 01:28 PM   #17
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That is a wonderful piece of work. Send pictures as you complete your hobby.
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:30 PM   #18
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Impressive!! Amazing job! Do you have inside shots? Maybe you should start a new company?!!!
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:37 PM   #19
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I am in awe of your skil,talent and energy, you are truly a craftsman of the greatest capability. I just Fiberglased my wheel wells, wish I had nice ones like you made! Welcome welcome
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:41 PM   #20
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Impressive. Very impressive!

Do you have a website or YouTube channel that shows your work in progress? I would love to see more and more details.
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