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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Wooden Axles

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    These are the matching axles.
  5. 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!
  6. Interior Paneling

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. Front Interior Shot

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is looking forward with the roof beams visible.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. Showing interior studs for walls

    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.
  12. Trailer-TopDownView

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is a top down view
  13. 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.
  14. Ready Waiting

    From the album Bjørn's Trailer

    Now the former inside has been spackled, painted and waiting for a final coat of paint. Then another coat of glue and another piece of vinyl. And this time it should work properly.
  15. Assembly Required

    From the album Bjørn's Trailer

    Bjørn: "You mean it doesn't come assembled?" Bjørn's new home arrived. Still trying to figure out how to paint the outside to look like red sparkly auto paint, without having the tools to do it properly. Would an airbrush be what I need? I have no idea about those types of paint. I think that's the direction I need to go. *Note to self: research airbrushes* I now have plenty of projects to keep me busy for quite a while.
  16. Sparkling Siding

    From the album Bjørn's Trailer

    Got into a snit about not having anything really worked on in a while (as my husband was speeding through his Buttercup during his vacation.) I happened to find some fabric backed vinyl in the color and sparkle I wanted after trying to research how to make wood look like an automobile exterior. None of the paint options available to me were even remotely suitable. But this vinyl was perfect and cheap by comparison. Thinking my procrastination had more to do with me thinking about it too much and not my energy levels (as is often the case anymore) I decided to just have a go at it. Spackled in the the stamped out 'food window' because it just doesn't suit him. If he sold any food from his trailer I don't think you would want to eat it.  Once that dried it was sanded down, dusted off, the wood glue was pored on and evenly spread. Vinyl was added and excess glue cleaned up. Books on top to be weighed down for the night. Excitedly the next morning I eagerly cut off the excess.
  17. Role Reversal

    From the album Bjørn's Trailer

    I went looking for some white spray paint to see if it could be used on plastic, just to see what the requirements or prep might be. Stashed away in my craft supplies was some contact paper I had been saving for an 'important' project. I figured if it failed I could just pull it off without ruining the trailer any further. So on it went. I was concerned that it might not stick well to the vinyl, but it was so smooth that it gripped really well. So much that I nearly damaged the contact paper had to be readjusted twice. I'm sure it is not going anywhere. So again the windows and door were cut out. When I flipped it back over I was amazed. I never would have expected it would look perfect for the interior. The gold dots remind me of details from old trailers I vaguely remember being in as a kid. I don't know why I find it so funny that this contact paper is from 1983, left in the house by Hubby's parents moved out (we live in his childhood home.) I hadn't worked out what I wanted to do for the interior walls and floors, so I'm super pleased that this happened.  I can't imagine it any different now. Best of all is it completely erased my mistake.
  18. Find the Fail

    From the album Bjørn's Trailer

    But I forgot to paint it a single color before gluing on the vinyl. Perhaps you can see the bottom corner that was spackled, sticking out obviously under the vinyl. I did not realize that the vinyl would become a bit translucent once glued. I had to try really hard to hide the white rectangle when trying to take pics. When looking at it it was completely obvious to see. One small oversight had ruined it. There would be no way to peel off the vinyl. The wood glue gripped exceedingly well. Might as well have been super glue. I also didn't like that the darker plywood backing made the red darker than it should be, Had a rather upset discussion with Hubby trying to figure out what would stick to vinyl to try and salvage it. Best I could think of was spray paint meant for plastic furniture as the last chance to salvage my massive mistake.
  19. No Admittance

    From the album Bjørn's Trailer

    It seemed perfect and I wanted to be delighted...
  20. Trailer Kitchen Sink

    From the album Travel Trailer

    This is the first "scratch" piece of furniture that I have ever built.  It is a refrigerator, sink, and cabinets for my travel trailer.  The doors/drawers don't open, but the drawer knobs and refrigerator handle are made from junk jewelry.  The sink basin is a jelly container, and the faucets and spigot are from an odd earring.  It is made from thin plywood. 
  21. Trailer Front

    From the album Travel Trailer

    This is the front of the travel trailer, ready for the first coat of primer
  22. Travel Trailer Wheel Wells?

    I am working on the travel trailer, and I am debating whether or not to actually build the wheel wells, because I don't like the idea of them sticking up into the actual living areas of the trailer.  I have thought about not adding them, but then I'm not sure if the wheels will actually work or if I will have to modify the axles as well.  Is anyone willing to share how they completed the travel trailer in regards to wheels/no wheels, wheel wells/no wheel wells, etc?  Thanks in advance
  23. A while back I bought a Greenleaf travel trailer from an online retailer, and when it finally arrived I didn't open it, I just put it in the closet.  I sat down after dinner to begin working on it, and I am so upset that all of the sheets are not in the box. I am missing the sheet with the curbside interior and the window trim (sheet 4) and I have two of sheet 1 (roadside exterior support). The time for returns has already passed, so I don't know what to do. Are the interior support pieces mirrors of each other, If so I should be able to flip the support and use it, but I'd still need window trims. Will Greenleaf exchange the sheet for me? Any advice would be appreciated.
  24. Hello from O-H

    Just getting ready to start my travel trailer project. Surrounded by sketches and ideas.