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Old 09-20-2019, 04:12 AM
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If i'm going to make tie-downs i'll need hardpoints, so i took a 1/16" drill to the roof racks.
I added fwd/aft holes in the top of triangles at the gutter, inboard/outboard holes in the same area, and an angled vertical hole in the center of the rack. All of these holes are pretty well hidden by keeping them toward center of wheelbase.



New straps were of course needed, so i knocked these together with some yellow nomex lacing tape about 0.080" (2mm) wide, some 0.032" (0.6mm) brass wire, and some CA glue. Making the hooks and buckles wasn't terribly fun.
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Old 09-20-2019, 04:52 PM
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Very good job! Great scale straps. I have no idea what nomex lacing tape is, but it looks like the perfect material to make those from.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:59 PM
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^^^^what he said ^^^^
Looks spot on bud
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:09 PM
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Sorry, 'Nomex Lacing Tape' is a high-temperature rated, very strong type of flat cord that is used with some specific knots to tie wires into wire harnesses on aircraft. It's some really impressive stuff, with several available colors, but definately not cheap stuff.

Anyway it scales out to about 1 inch to 1 1/8" inch wide straps, i'd rather use like 2" straps on a boat, but i know this lacing is overkill. My wide strap was just the thinnest ribbon i could find at a fabric store, the small straps are probably stronger...
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My parents always used the narrower straps on their canoe, so I think it looks perfect. You could do a strap or rope from the tip of the bow down to the bumper if you wanted to secure it more.
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In light of the current Novel Corona virus /SARS-Cov2*/ Covid-19 flu pandemic that's been ripping through the world for months...

We're having a party, and none of you are invited.



Stay safe, stay clean, keep yourself amused!

Go work on something cool. Otherwise i'll have to load up the van, hitch up the Teardrop and find somewhere remote.

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Old 04-04-2020, 01:37 AM
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Back at the RC meet in Jan/Feb, my teardrop got parked next to a Tonka Winnebago.


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Looks good there, could easily see it behind one of the classics on the truck in the background too
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If anybody followed along with this, a guy might have some stock Dickie hard plastic wheels sitting around after doing the swap for Italeri semi-trailer tires. Eventually ya wonder what can ya do with them?



I'm just using a magnet on this, but if you pop off the vw logo it's got a perfect location hole for permanent tire mount.

If we hang a tire off the nose, it's usually to free up some interior space for something. So might as well yank the middle seat and start on making a galley.



Doesn't look too bad in there, even with leaving the full back seat so we'll say it's a Kombi and not a full time Camper.



This might work. Although it would quickly turn a van build into a 'dollhouse truck'

Lots of pictures with measurements from VW Campers
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/vi...c.php?t=414383

Vw camper ads
https://www.doityourselfrv.com/vinta...dvertisements/

Single-wheel trailer Allstate wood and tagalong 54x42x13 on a 4x8 tire
http://www.singlewheel.com/Literature/sears1956.jpg

Fuchs and Trailer wheels
https://translate.googleusercontent....81mTRmOSdeRYFw

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I might have mentioned that i came from Rock Crawlers and thought steering servos should be able to swing the chassis around... Anyway, we're going to bring it down to 'more reasonable' and better match driving around with a CD Drawer motor. It's still enough servo for the 1/16 scale WPL 4x4s playing on rocks and trails, On-road light weight vw that goes pucka-pucka-pucka will be fine.

Let's build up the Camper bus front a bit easier than Mean Green who started the thread. We'll be using a mg90s micro servo

Punch a square hole through the pan so your servo fits, these 90s take a little mount ear filing to slide in between the frames. One mount ear fits on the 'walkthrough' between the seats, make a pad for the onter and bond to frame wall. Top load the servo and screw down.


Then i punched a couple holes through the wheelwell and cabin bulkhead, and routed the lead back through the cabin and under the seat. It's still not sexy, but i did it that way on Green because the lead was short, and for a Camper it works because Galley.


The front seat needs 'very little' trimming of the inboard trailing edge to clear the servo body. I also like to knock off the hook at lower front of seat so i can remove it without splitting the pan. Then i shaved the Tierod, notched the frame where the knuckles would hit, and just made a brass Z-bar to connect servo and tierod.

(Check out Red 2, it's got a better routing method, if you've got the wire length.)

I also figured we should make a trailerhitch drawbar a little better and stronger. 2 screws in shear weren't going anywhere, but it should help by putting a stiffening bend and wrapping the rear step on chassis.


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Red 2 does the same hole, extra mounting block, top load mounting, and all that. However you can soften the edges it crosses, route wires 'outside' the chassis so it hides between the 'sidewall panel' and 'body skin'. Then punch the servo lead through at the leading edge of the rear seat. The rear seat base even has a recessed area there to hide the wire from view through sliding door.

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Old 06-08-2020, 05:12 PM
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First attempt with a single wheel Wooden Allstate trailer. (I'm having one of the metal body ones printed once i get a frame working well)







Where are you going with all that lumber?



Oh no, were you guys looking at the german rc message boards again?
Sheisse...

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