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Dodge Van - Camper Trailer Update 1-6-2013


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#1 Tom Geiger

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:28 PM

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The starting point. See the messed up van body? It was left over from building the little purple pickup. I used the front and the rear of it to create the cab so all that was left was this center section. It did duty as a paint stand for a while. I held it up one night, squinted a little and started cutting plastic.

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Very rough start here but got it up on wheels. The mags are only temporary. The trailer tongue was made from a car chassis from the parts box.

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Sheet plastic was used to create the wall at either end and the little dog house roof extension.

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Rear view includes the little back porch made from plastic diamond plate and the rail is actually Evergreen scale ladder. I want to put a small motorcycle back here. Just a place to stack stuff.

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The front gets a scratch built window a/c unit. It was made from the side of a Model A hood and an auto radiator from my parts box. There will also be a big tool box, an electric cord reel and some other details up front.

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Interior is nearly done. Cabinets were made from basswood, Knobs are brass ship nails. Bed is two layers of basswood wrapped in a white glue soaked tissue. Pillow is a small piece of folded over paper towel covered with tissue. Blankets are just painted paper towel. Floor was from Jim's Printable Mini website as is the Welcome mat. The sink was half a gas tank or something, from the parts box. We're using the inside of it.

This is where the project sits right now. There's a ton more detailing to go and then paint and weathering. It will be quite a hobbled together trailer. And the project was nothing more than a whim to use that old van body for some good!


Edited by Tom Geiger, 06 January 2013 - 08:09 AM.


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

that is so cool!! very nice work so far.

cheers
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:37 PM

That is really cool.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

I love it...very cool!

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:51 PM

Thats cool and unique. I like it .

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:22 AM

Neat way of using some leftover parts to create a unique piece! Nice details and very creative, can't wait to see it done!

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:40 AM

that's nice.....IF YOU WANT TO LIVE IN A VAN D-O-W-N BY THE R-I-V-E-R

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

cooool!

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:42 PM

Very creative..

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

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I didn't work on the camper yesterday, I watched election returns instead. So today I scratched out an air conditioner face for inside the camper. It's just taped to a temporary wall right now to see how it fits into the scene. Remember, you'll be viewing this through the windows.

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And here it is close up. Main part is a car grill half from my parts box. I believe the logo says "DODGE" but I colored it red to represent some obscure brand of ancient a/c. The rest of it is just some Evergreen strip and rod, some scrap mesh, two different sizes of pin heads and a slice of Evergreen rod for the big dial which I imagine is the temperature dial. I hit it with The Detailer wash to give it depth and detail. Some of the chrome was missing off the grill so I left it that way to look like the plastic chrome is coming off the cover.

The funny thing is that I originally was going to black out the windows on this unit and not do an interior. Then I figured I might as well go all out and now the interior has been my favorite part of the project!

Back to the workbench, I hear "Dancing With The Stars" on in the den, which is my license to hide in the hobby room! My next thing to solve is that this a/c unit is just blowing warm air!

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

Very cool idea, just wondering how is the dog going to get up to the doghouse on the roof?

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:14 PM

Great use of hodge-podge parts, Tom.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:23 PM


I took a few days off from the project to live life. Actually I raked a ton of leaves! I find that I can go like gangbusters a while on a project, then a need some time away. So today was the day I got back...

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I was kinda stuck on what to do with the front of the trailer. It was a blank wall except for the air conditioner and I sat down to do the storage box a few times, shook my head and walked away. Today was the day I got over that hurdle. One scratch built storage box. (Note that everything is just pieced there with masking tape for photos)

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I added some rigid plates to the roof to support the rack. I spent about an hour searching for the envelope I had all the tiny bolts in.. only to find that I replaced the envelope with a box some time ago and, as Steve Martin would say, "I FORGOT!" The brackets are supposed to be random as if our fictional traveler made them from scrap metal.

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I'm still in love with my air conditioner! I added a vent which I imagine would be an exhaust for water heater etc in the closet. It was made from a early Ford hood side from my parts box. Hey, I only had one of them. And I know the lid will only open so far before he hits the a/c unit. I will be adding two gas cans to the lower right and a electric wire reel to the lower left. That should finish it off.

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The box is nothing more than a shape made from Evergreen sheet. The hinge across the top is a piece of metal rod, and I made the clasp for a lock which I'll add.

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This was a day of little final details before primer. So I sanded off the lower chrome strips on both sides and decided a missing one would work into my plan on the right side. Still have to get rid of those mags!

So I got in maybe two hours and got a lot done today. It really clears my mind, so I feel good!



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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:59 AM

That is coming along nicely and some great details and scratchbuilding!

Have you considered a propane tank for the stove? That is about the only thing I see missing and you did mention gas tanks in an earlier post, maybe that is what you were referring to?

Should be a great conversation piece when done!

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:51 AM

Wow! Totally Tom. Excellent and Imaginative.


Thanks for sharing it with us, Tom.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:11 AM

Have you considered a propane tank for the stove? That is about the only thing I see missing and you did mention gas tanks in an earlier post, maybe that is what you were referring to?


Thanks for commenting Mike. There won't be a propane tank because there is no stove or refrig to run. It's just a sleeping camper. The only cooking will be a microwave on the counter. There will be an electrical reel on the front to plug it in. There will be two gas cans on the front just for gasoline or kerosene.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:50 AM

Wow...... great job Tom and quite imaginative. It's great being able to cobble stuff together from bits and pieces from parts bins...

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:23 PM

Thanks Rich! Hope all is well with you, fellow Pennsylvanian!

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:31 AM

That's great!!!

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:59 AM

This is really cool, Tom.

Any idea what color you might be using for this?

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