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  2. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Your TT is just awesome! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the build. John
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  4. Finished tank platform

    I see you have some 1-2-3 blocks. Mine are indespensible! John
  5. tank valve close up

    Nice. Very nice!
  6. Removing the paint finish from furniture

    It worked well. I think I want to leave some finish on but will see how red it is.
  7. How do you pare down a collection?

    I just returned from KY two weeks ago and saw the KSB collection and the Great American Dollhouse Museum. Maybe one of those ladies could help you? You could always try ebay for purging the accessories. I'm always on the lookout for good stuff, but I limit my buying to a certain amount per month, and that's it.
  8. apothecary finished (13)L.jpg

    No, I don't. I haven't read any of the other character books like the John Grey books. Do you ever visit Gabaldon's website?
  9. How do you pare down a collection?

    Kelly do you have any miniature museums in your area? If so, would it be possible to donate some of the larger houses? That way they would be preserved and shared with others. You could go see them when you liked!    Just a thought Bill
  10. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I did see pictures of those style of tanks online. They sure look different than the ones we have now!
  11. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    In making the tank platform I reverted back to my previous life as a plastic model builder. I used the photos as a guide and used various shapes of styrene from Evergreen Products, some small threaded rod, and a few commercially available bits and pieces to recreate the details in the photos. When I was making the valve assembly, I of course needed a solid tube in a size I did not have. Well the Macgyver in me kicked in and I took a square piece of plastic stock, chucked it into a drill and made a very crude lathe where I turned the square rod into a round one! Necessity is the mother of invention!
  12. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Awesome.  The tanks on our first RV looked like those Humulin bottles.
  13. tank valve close up

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is a slightly different angle to view the valve assembly
  14. Finished tank platform

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Using various Evergreen styrene shapes, threaded rod and a few commercially available bits I scratch built the tank platform and valve assembly to resemble the photos. 
  15. Finished Tank Platform

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Using various Evergreen styrene shapes and threaded rod, I scratch built the tank platform and valve assembly to resemble the photos. 
  16. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here are the Propane tanks finished.
  17. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    In doing this project I found that if I ran into a roadblock or couldn't come up with a answer to a problem I would go on to another part of the build. I did just that when it came time to make the propane tanks. I looked around but didn't find anything local that would work so I started searching online. I came across an Ebay seller (nsd201) who 3D printed tall and short tanks in 1/10 scale. I contacted him asking if he could make them in 1/12 scale. Not knowing if I was going to tall or short I ordered a pair of each. A week later they arrived.    It you have never seen a 3D printed part before their are tiny ridges the length of the part that need to be addressed. Think of a record's grooves but going vertical. The seller suggested I use regular spackle to fill in the grooves and smooth everything out. I cut out the openings around the valve and prepped the parts. After a little paint and adding the valve handles they started to take shape.   I found some photos online for reference
  18. Propane tanks

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is a closer view of the upgraded valves using some jewelry parts from Hobby Lobby
  19. Propane Tanks

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I had a seller on Ebay 3D print a pair of tanks. I carved out the openings around the valve and installed metal valve handles. 
  20. Tank Platform

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Another reference photo
  21. Propane Platform

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    When it came time to make the propane tanks, I went and found a few photos online for reference.
  22. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    The company is "Molotow" and it comes in varying thicknesses of tips for broad to fine lines. Evidently you can buy paint cartridges separately so you don't have to buy a new pen every time. The trick is to apply the paint until it almost runs, then leave it alone for 2 days. It will be dry and shiny!
  23. Liquid Chrome Label

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is the label. It's made by a company called "Molotow" The trick with it is to apply it almost to where it runs. Then don't touch it for a few days.
  24. Liquid Chrome Paint

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    This is the Chrome paint I used. It truly works!
  25. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I didn't want to cut my "tires" down, hence I bashed wheel wells.  Your chrome is perfect!
  26. Wow, that chrome is impressive! What's the brand name of the paint pen?  
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