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Old Feb 07, 2006, 08:15 AM
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"Teardrop" trailers for Foamies...

Guys , just discovered the coolest little trailers , from the last century (early too) ..called "teardrops"...streamlined little things perfect for carrying a whole bunch of foamies to the flying field , and the "kitchen" area would be perfect for a technical area (charging /soldering/hot glue) and a shop bench, for those emergency field repairs ... Best of all , you can build these yourself on cheapo trailers from Harbor Freight ... I just gotta' make one of these !!!!! anybody got any experience with these ???? Lots more FUN than just a new camper top for the Silverado , and it can double as a real camper for those times annually when we all have to leave town .... only 4 more months ...
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Old Feb 07, 2006, 09:18 AM
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http://www.tinytears.cc/scans.html Model Airplane Trailer....
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Old Feb 07, 2006, 10:47 AM
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Go HERE . On the top of the page is a link called the Generic Benroy plans. I am currently a member of this forum and building the Benroy trailer. Any info you need is there.
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Old Feb 07, 2006, 12:20 PM
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GPW,

Back in the 50's several of the California fliers used teardrop trailers. My dim memory recalls that some had one side hinged to allow better access to the racks that were built in. Most used dowels and rubber bands to hold the models. Sal Taibi still uses a variation that is flat on top to haul his models and chase bike.

Jerry
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Old Feb 07, 2006, 06:49 PM
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This Is "WEIRD"......

I was putting together My own version of a "teardrop" trailer. I was going to use a rear axle from like an 85 Escort on a minimal tube steelframework... and make the rest out of Fan fold foam, glassed & shapes like a giant wheel plant.( even the Escort wheels would fit on the inside) The rear point of the pant would opn up to reveal a spare tire & jack, wrench etc. and both sides of the pant would open to allow access to models from both sides... and possibly swing out shelves. I've been laying out a LOT of wheelpants lately... doing these oldTopflite planes and I wanted something that would draw attention at the swap meets I attend selling My fan fold oldie replicas. I figure the whole thing would cost me like 400 bucks to build,.. and I'd have the only one around! Do you think a 6ft tall, 10 ft wheel pant (nicely trimmed & striped) would get attention? Bob
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Old Feb 08, 2006, 07:24 AM
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You betcha'!!!!! How could you miss it ?????
I can NEVER fit all the planes I want to fly / swap / donate in my Silverado (Hey , and I have a back seat too !!!) ...Frustrating wanting to fly them ALL , but only carry a few...These little trailers seem like just the ticket ....Read the BenRoy article ... Thanks , that's cool!!! Something a modeler could make and actually operate easily ....(the giant motor home /RV has been long out of the equation...) Lots of room in an 8' for all my planes and a P/Porky Piper too ...hahahaha That's ROOMY!!!hahahaha
The other thing is ... the "ole'Lady" , the two cats and a STUPID dog... Hurricane season is so "active" that it requires us to pack UP our S**T once or twice a year and leave town .....Trying to find a place (motel ) is a scramble , but with something like this , there would be enough time to take the planes out and convert into an "escape pod " ... a sorta' stay free mini-pad ... as usual I'll read everything I can , think about it till I get inspired , and design one for my large frame ...6'3" 235lbs ...Great !!! I can put more planes in a larger TD, and even take them with me on our "evacuations"...there's always somebodies driveway , a long extension cord and a large mowed field across the street .... Really !!!
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Old Feb 08, 2006, 11:27 AM
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Go HERE . On the top of the page is a link called the Generic Benroy plans. I am currently a member of this forum and building the Benroy trailer. Any info you need is there.
Cool site. the wife and I always wanted one of these little things.

Scott
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Old Feb 08, 2006, 12:28 PM
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Mine is currently being built. That is why I haven't flown in a while!!!!
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Old Feb 08, 2006, 12:49 PM
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What a great site. I think I see a trailer in my future!
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Old Feb 08, 2006, 04:21 PM
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Yeah I was looking around for a new campershell for my truck, but I like the tear shaped trailer idea, And I found the website interesting too. Didn't know what the story was with these thing but I had wondered. I like the nostaligic look too.
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Old Feb 09, 2006, 07:26 AM
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Guys , I believe these evolved during the Great Depression as a place to stay for people looking for work ...If the current workers here would have something like this , they wouldn't be taking UP all the housing of the people trying to return...
Models will have to go on hold for awhile ...cleaning out the hanger for this most needed project ....
I mentioned this to the guys , know what they said ....???? "Good , you can cook breakfast and make coffee for us on Sunday .."
Lots of good info on these sites ... Did you see the "Model Airplane trailer"... just for Foamies , well others too...

Ps ...layed out the "space"... enough room for all 15 planes that I have ready to go , plus enough room for the "stupid dog" and breakfast fixin's...hahahahaha
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Old Feb 09, 2006, 10:36 AM
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I am looking at one to take the 1/4 scale toys and also provide some sleeping room while at some of the events. Now if I can make it large enought for a shower, water tank, toilet and waste tank......

I think it just got too big for my protoge!
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Old Feb 09, 2006, 08:25 PM
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MW. mine's going to be 6'Wx12'Lx5'H.... Plenty of room for 15 planes , her worship , and the stupid dog ...and guess what it's insulated with , you guessed it ... Fanfold ...hahahahah found a use for the new single sided stuff... not gonna' give UP my double sided stock for mere insulation ... sorta' ironic huh ?
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Old Feb 10, 2006, 04:14 PM
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It's funny.. I was researching these Tear Drop trailers, the other night. Never thought of using them for a airplane trailer.. good idea.
This site has some good links..

http://www.teardrops.net/links01.html

Steve B..
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Old Feb 10, 2006, 04:22 PM
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this has possibilities just for plane and other RC related stuff like flight boxes and all .. im picking up a explorer tomorrow with a nice hitch .. may have to look into doing something ..
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