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  1. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Next on the list was the screen door. I wasn't going to have one but every photo I came across showed one. Okay. The challenge came to finding scale screen material. Brae had shared what she used for her screen door but I could not find it locally. I hunted everywhere. Luckily at Michaels the associate showed me Tulle. It looked good to me! I made two frames and sandwiched the Tulle between them. Then painted aluminum. It didn't turn out half bad.
  2. Hello All! This will be my attempt to share my attempt at building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer. As some of you may know from my introduction, I am preparing to start building my sister's Glencroft I gave her back in the 80's. To prepare for this I have been building various kits to help me prepare for this task. I started by building a few Robotime kits including the greenhouse kit I gave my mother for Mother's Day last year. Wanting to "get my feet wet" with the style of construction I would face with the Glencroft, I came across the Travel Trailer kit. I thought this would be a perfect "primer" and since my father has always wanted a camper, I could finally give him one, albeit on a smaller scale! So after clearing off my workbench and purchasing the kit I began in earnest. DISCLAIMER- just to be clear, I really have no idea what I'm doing! My background is in building plastic model kits some 25+ years ago so I'm a bit out of my element. My posts and pictures may elicit feelings of shock, disbelief and cries of "what the heck are you doing" I welcome all suggestions and criticism as I feel that's the only way to learn and improve one's skill. There are parts of my build process that took way more time than it should have so I welcome any ideas and thoughts on how I did things. Another side effect of not knowing what you're doing is you have no idea what you can or can not do! You end up with crazy and sometimes outlandish ideas on what you want to include in the build. I was not immune to those ideas! Some were relatively normal like interior/exterior lighting. Others a bit more "out there". Since this will be given to my father, I wanted to put some "Easter Eggs" in the build/diorama such as favorite things or personal touches he would recognize. One of those things is his Weber BBQ grille. He has had a Weber as far back as I can remember. When I came across one at the hobby shop I grabbed it! looking at it later, the first thing that popped into my mind was "I wonder if I could make it smoke" Alas, after a bit of research I concluded that "yes I can"! That led me to Ebay and after all was said and done I will have a ton of electronics in the base of the diorama that if all goes well, smoke should waft out of the grille with a push of a button. I will have a lot more info on this later. So to wrap up this intro, I thank you all for the opportunity to learn and grow from this community. I have learned a lot by reading your posts and staring at all the wonderful photos of both under construction and finished projects.I am truly in awe of the skills demonstrated by you fine Folks! Bill
  3. WBrownIV

    Light test

    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here I have them lit. I really like how they look. I have two amber lights for the front markers. I can finally check these off my to do list!
  4. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    The next order of business to come up with some clearance lights. Using 1/4" styrene tube I cut some small sections and profiled them to the contour of the curving roof line, drilled holes for the led's and epoxied them in place.
  5. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    You may find that after sanding the Bondic there may be some slight imperfections on the frame. I used a long standing secret among plastic model builders.........Pledge Floor Gloss (formally know as Future Floor Shine). Among its many uses it to render clear plastic (such as model airplane canopies) crystal clear, act as a clear coat on model car bodies and can simulate glass lenses on aircraft instruments. Dipping the frames into the Pledge a few times produces a smooth, clear acrylic coating that looks great once painted.
  6. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is the final result after airbrushing the frames with Tester's Model Master Aluminum paint.
  7. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    The frame is then sanded and the resin is blended into the surrounding area.
  8. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is what the frame looks like after the gaps are filled. What's nice about this stuff is you can continue to build up the resin in layers and the new layer bonds with the underlying layer.
  9. WBrownIV


    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I was trying to come up with a way to fill the gaps in the corners of the frame but nothing really worked. I then came across a product called Bondic. Bondic is a clear resin that cures with ultraviolet light. Once cured, it can be sanded, polished, drilled, tapped, painted etc. It is not a glue, you can actually make things with it and the website explains more on how it works. https://notaglue.com/ The orange piece on the end of the tube is the ultraviolet light. You literally dispense the resin and then shine the light on the resin for 4-8 seconds and it's cured!
  10. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here you can see the ends are glued together and the smaller angle piece bridging both ends.
  11. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Then I use the original frame to help form the new one. I trim the edges flush and install a smaller piece of angle underneath to bridge the two ends together. Glue it up and you now have a frame!
  12. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I then make the four cuts locating the corners, then make additional cuts on either side of the first so the frame can bend.
  13. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Using the original frame as a mold, I made a template indicating the center of the four corners and transferred that to a piece of styrene.
  14. WBrownIV

    Trailer Frame

    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I did not like how the trailer tongue looked so I decided to make my own. So why stop there! A full frame was made from styrene.
  15. WBrownIV

    Finished Wheels

    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    These are how they look finished. I decided to eliminate the wheel wells in the trailer so that's why the two are cut flat on top. The complete one will be mounted on the rear tire carrier. The axles are painted with a special chrome paint that looks the best I have ever seen. You can actually see yourself a bit in the finish. I wanted to simulate chrome baby moon hub caps
  16. WBrownIV

    Wooden Axles

    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    These are the matching axles.
  17. WBrownIV

    Wooden Wheels

    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    The wheels that come with the kit are a joke in my opinion. Basically three wooden disks with a rectangular hole per side. You are supposed to glue two stacks of three disks together and the "axle" is a rectangular flat piece that the disks fit on to. When researching alternatives these wheels were mentioned by HavannaHolly and some others as perfect replacements. They look 1000 times better!
  18. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    When researching vintage TT's I came across pictures of Shasta interiors with their maple paneling. Since I didn't know any better I got more of the 1/64" veneer, made templates and cut out each piece and custom fitted it to the trailer. I then stained them maple with satin polyurethane. A ton of work but I think it will pay off in the end.
  19. WBrownIV

    Interior Rear

    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is looking toward the rear. All of these support beams I made as the kit's wood sheets were in poor shape. I also added a few extra to help with the curve.
  20. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is looking forward with the roof beams visible.
  21. WBrownIV

    Rear of Trailer

    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is the rear where you can see the holes for the taillights and license plate light
  22. WBrownIV

    Trailer Front

    From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Looking at front of trailer. The wood veneer included with the kit was broken so I went to a local hobby shop and got some 1/64" wood veneer used on RC aircraft. I didn't like how the instructions had you install the veneer so I ended up making and using extra studs to support the veneer and then modified them so the end result was the veneer was flush with the tops of the sides. I thought it gave it a much cleaner appearance.
  23. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I decided to put an interior in it so I studded the back wall. Not the prettiest but it will do.
  24. From the album: Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is a top down view
  25. Hi all, I just picked up the cutest travel trailer kit on eBay. It's called the 1950s style travel trailer kit by Little Habitats. It looks seriously adorable from the black and white instruction booklet but doing a quick google search I've been unable to find out anything about this kit or company. So I'm reaching out to the wealth of knowledge on this site to inform me on what I have Has anyone built one of these? Do you know if they made other kits? Or other minis? Any info is appreciated.
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