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Thread: Scale Oregon TrailíR Terradrop Alpha Off-Road Teardropish Trailer

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    Default Scale Oregon TrailíR Terradrop Alpha Off-Road Teardropish Trailer

    Not sure how I got to looking at teardrop trailers but my web wanderings led me to the Oregon Trailer site and I was quite taken with the off-road Terra Drop Alpha. I don’t want a real one but I thought it might make a cool model to tow about. Here it is:


    Here’s the kitchen.


    They’re basically made of plywood on a steel frame so I got to cutting out some trailer shapes out of 3mm plywood ‘cause that’s what I had.
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    Started gluing bits together and it began to look trailerish.
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    Glued some styrene sheet onto the top and added a bit of a kitchen.
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    Then I made a hatch for the kitchen but it was a mm too wide and 6mm too short. It didn’t fit.
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    So back to the drawing board. Made a new one, a bit narrower and a tad longer, and it fits like a hatch!
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    Stay tuned. More to come.
    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    So clean. How'd you cut all these parts?
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    I’m lucky enough to have access to an 80 watt laser cutter at work. If you can draw it, it’ll cut it.
    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    That is very cool! I love that it's wood!
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    Just like the real thing.
    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    Wow that's cool!! Well done!

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    Thank you.
    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    Got a bit more done today. Glued a styrene skin on the hatch cover. Just gotta let it dry now.

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    And then I'm going to try to glue this onto the skin of the hatch. This is cut from Polybak, which is a polymer impregnated Kraft liner board. It laser cuts beautifully. This is .66mm thick. Might be too thick to bend properly. Not to worry though I also have it in .30 mm and .12mm thicknesses. I'm using the .30mm for the roof liner inside the trailer.

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    This is what I'm trying to recreate.



    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    So, I'm re-skinning the hatch. I put the piece with the name on it on upside down. D'oh! Such a bone headed move. Not to worry though, it's so small there's not much to it. I managed to peel off the styrene from the frame. Here's round two of skinning the hatch. I'm trying Polybak this time instead of styrene. I need to glue it three times because of the curves on the hatch. Never used so many clamps for such a small thing.

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    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    Got a bit more done. Glued on the first layer of the hatch skin. Also got the front box framed out. Stay tuned. More to come.

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    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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