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Old 11-09-2012, 01:28 PM
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My friend Jeff finished his off road tear drop camper last time we got together & motivated me to start a campground & get to work on my own trailer.

He doesn't post too much but his work speaks for itself. It has a working jack stand from brass, propane rack is all hand cut "mesh", like, he cut out each diamond. battery case is styrene, finished out the interior from remanants from his underwear drawer. hitch is from stock aluminum. Fire truck is his too. Oh yea, he also made the case of oil on the picnic table. He made a case for everyone that came that day.

P.S. you can't see him, but that's Ralph Malph drivin' the land rover.

campground is retro late 50's early 60's. I'll be working on it this winter as weather permits. the key will be grading the roads smooth enough that a scale truck can pull a trailer without it getting hung up left and right & make some loops through the campground for the camera. Made a sign, picnic table and am working on a scratch built '64 Shasta Astroflyte & some cavas tents.

Here are some pics from our last get together.













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Old 11-09-2012, 09:06 PM
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:24 AM
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Thank you.

Bouncing around a bit here. Probably should have done a seperate thread on this jungle hut but made a lot of progress on it over the weekend.











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Old 11-12-2012, 11:32 AM
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Awesome pics Doug! Love the camp sign, reminds me of the signs from the fifties! The ht is coming out great too brother!
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:57 PM
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Awesome pics Doug! Love the camp sign, reminds me of the signs from the fifties! The ht is coming out great too brother!
Thanks Ed. I feel like I finally got some traction on it. Time is hard to come by these days. Hope to work on it more tonight. I've started a scratch built camper trailer & that needs attention too.
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Just fantastic work Doug!

I have read every single page on this forum and the other forum, and I only saw one comment about weather.

That was insinuated towards the was out of the sand that you have placed over the pea gravel.

My concern, since I have had a few things outside for a while myself, is what are you doing about damage due to weather, weathering, winds, rain, etc, cats are a given and I am well aware what can't be done there.

I mean are you using a sealant of sorts? The Jungle Bridge looks to have a semi gloss shellac on it or something?

I know you didn't spend all this time on all of that and let it go, I mean the photo etched books and the toilet paper, the signage and posters, can go give us a little insight what you have done?

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And again fantastic work!

I am duplicating this question for the other forum in case someone there was wondering too.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:12 PM
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Thanks! Yes, the cat turd factor is always an issue. No solutions on the horizon.

Here is what I posted on SBG:

The jungle bridge has satin polyurethane on it but it did take a beating this summer. Most of the stuff I've put a lot of time into like the shelter, cabin & outhouse, I keep in the basement & bring it out to play or take pictures. I had planned to do this with the bridge & designed it to be modular but when it came time to fit it into the rocks, it worked better to make it one unit. As a result, it stayed out all summer & I didn't seal it as well as I should have. A lot of it, I leave out for the summer, oil drums & signs I make quick & don't spend a bunch of time getting them perfect. sticker paper is vinyl & use a laser printer & some of them have been out 3 summers now & still look pretty good.

By the way, the log cabin is the only thing I didn't build. My grandfather did & it's probably close to 100 years old.
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some roofin' Ultimately it will be thatched roof. I once stained and glued 1400 shingles on the roof of a doll house. This should be that much fun.



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Awe.......poor Zebra.......Nice update Doug! Need a hammock swinging in that Hut!
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Awe.......poor Zebra.......Nice update Doug! Need a hammock swinging in that Hut!
Yea, I hated that he had to die for the hobby but... gotta do what ya gotta do.

I like the hammock idea. I've got a little bead cord... hmm...
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looking just awesome doug, like the ocean pic on the side its cool. and that sweet camper in the background...
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Epic work as always, the locket window is genius
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looking just awesome doug, like the ocean pic on the side its cool. and that sweet camper in the background...
Thanks Greg, you still building a trailer? we have a campground in the works.

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Epic work as always, the locket window is genius
Thanks Tom. yea, the locket came out better than expected.

I started thatching last night. Going into unknown terretory here. I'm using coconut fiber. I layed down a bead of shoe goo & put the fiber down. It's a bit loose on top. I think I'll try putting some watered down wood glue on top. I tried some CA but didn't seem to do the trick & expensive.

once, I have the process down, I'll move to the next board & layer the thatching & trim as needed.



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Old 12-06-2012, 09:19 AM
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Doug, I'd definitely try some watered down Elmer's wood glue, that should do the trick. Just glue up towards the top end where the next layer will cover. Could also try hot glue gun. Thatching looks really good though.
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