Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

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Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby frizzen » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:24 am

Hi, i'm a noob.

I like playing with remote control vehicles. I'm kinda into 1/10 scale rock crawlers, but more importantly i'm really into 1/14 scale model Trucking and Construction Equipment.

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There's more in the world than Semi trucks, dumptrucks, excavators, bulldozers, loaders, draglines, tractors, combines...

So i built up a Bay-window 1967-71 Volkswagen Type-2 Transporter, from a german toy car. It came with surf boards, and a roof rack for them. But I'm in Indiana, what good is a surfboard? Around here it's just an excuse to find girl in bikinis.
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It got bike racks added, lights wired up, more suspension travel, and some other custom touches.

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Then i searched around the house for some scale accessories, and apparently it was time to set up camp?

And hit up the next meet with my log cabin and tent.
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Anyway, at one of the meets, my dump truck smoked a steering servo. It was disappointing since i had really wanted to practice backing up a trailer around their loading docks and stuff.
Of my cars, the VW bus is most likely to pull a trailer, so it's gotta be really light. Maybe a baby Utility trailer, motorcycle hauler, or a Teardrop camper.

After much searching, I found a link to a 1947 Sept 'Mechanix Illustrated' pdf, "Teardrop trailer for two."
http://www.samstoybox.com/teardrop/trailer_for_two.pdf

Little quick math, playing with a xerox to get scaled patterns, and off to the garage. Grabbed some scrap luan that i've saved for "something" for years. Then this fell off the table of my scrollsaw.

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Started sticking some 1/8" brass together, I ran out.
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Quick mock up
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Better make interior cabinets
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Go grab the VW, i want to see how it looks
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How about we cut a window shutter, then grab some bamboo skewers, and sewing pins. Razor blade, file, little bit of glue... Oh yeah, and let's see how it looks with an aluminum full-moon hupcap from a Monster can lid.

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Push the window in at the top, it pivots open and it holds open for ventilation without a prop rod. Push it closed and the inner sill stops it flush.
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby frizzen » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:37 am

Gotta have a door on the stuff falls out.
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Open!
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Scratchbuilt brass hinges, Trim is again all bamboo skewer. The inside trim keeps door from closing too much, and will give the latch a good strike plate.

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Let's pose some more stuff. I mean go camping again!
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Then somebody sidetracked me into building an old style camp chair. Bamboo, straight pins, and a trash umbrella
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"Hey, why haven't you done anything with this for months?"

Interior lights wired up
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Wheels have brass bushings over axle, trailing arms are same size bushings, so everything can spin seperate. Springy thing out of a clicky pen. Still prototype phase, need down stops.

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Looks about right, maybe a touch tall. Opened the bottom of the hitch coupler ball-end up to 5/32" for a light push fit instead of the hard snap.

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I just threw some brass together to make a drawbar on the bus with minimal other mods.

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Added some closet doors so they can use the nose storage closet

Entry step on the frame
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I've got the amber markers, red markers, and tail lights / dome and porch lights mostly wired up. They'll run off a battery pack in the galley with switches. Galley probably won't be super awesome, because it's ment for RC not just a model so i care more about lights!

Which pretty much brings you up to speed, or atleast 1/14 of speed.
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby DaddyJeep » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:01 am

A grown man playing with toy cars and dolls.... I'm ok with that. :D I really like that Jeep FC motorhome.

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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby razorback » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:10 pm

In the fall of 04, before I knew about this forum, I found the plans from Kuffle Creek for what they call the Comet. It is based on "a trailer for two" from Mechanix Illustrated.
I modified it to be 5 X 10 instead of of 4 X 10. Needless to say I love the profile. You have great skills.
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby DWT77 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:57 pm

Here are a couple of RC and Teardrops I had found

https://youtu.be/y49iIbRsh7Q

https://youtu.be/q99w6SmmBiE
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby KCStudly » Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:11 pm

Pretty cool. :thumbsup:
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby frizzen » Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:02 pm

Nice tubers! Although your 'doll' is taller than the roll cage. Axial based? I've got an ax-10 old comp from when DIGs were legal, and scx-10 trying to mini-me my jeep. All the local crawlers gave up on the forums and went off to 'myface' to plan events, so they havent been out in a long time

The 'jeep fc' motorhome is actually a 1960s Structo Chevy Greenbriar Rampside Corvair truck motorhome. My dad got it new. It might be fun to go rc with it eventually, but there are a lot of builds ahead in the line.

Thank you very much, i hoped a Tiny Teardrop build would fit in around here. While looking for ideas on here, I'd seen several people mention looking for scale models, or wanting to make a tiny version.

Nice find on the videos, those are cool looking. I'm not planning to subject my tear to nearly that much offroad abuse, it's just a little on-road one with an appropriately under-powered tow vehicle.

Thanks everybody, all feedback is welcome. Especially if it's correcting something that doesn't make sence or work well on real ones.

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This is more like the type of use this one should see.
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby DaddyJeep » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:57 am

frizzen wrote:Nice tubers! Although your 'doll' is taller than the roll cage. Axial based? I've got an ax-10 old comp from when DIGs were legal, and scx-10 trying to mini-me my jeep. All the local crawlers gave up on the forums and went off to 'myface' to plan events, so they havent been out in a long time


The Jeep is Wraith based and is the mini me of my Jeep. Although the tires are not quite scale the performance is quite close. I built the suspension to be very scale accurate to the 1:1. The Rock Rod started life as a Redcat Everest, but has more Axial parts that Redcat parts now.
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby frizzen » Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:06 am

I wanted to have the roof on by now for the next meet at Lebanon IN 'back to the 50s fest' Sept 14-15, but i didnt get the interior pics printed and scaled. I'd rather wait on roof than decorate ship-in-a-bottle style.

Let's save that disappointment some and grab a 2 cell battery holder, 2 switches, 3 resistors so we finally have the lighting work self-contained... uh, i mean it can go boondocking without shore power.

Running lights.
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Dome and porch lights.
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Mount the door handle with latch. It swings fwd / up to unlatch
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No electrical connection to tow vehicle, little more weight over axle, and seems to track a little better

Hope ya like it.

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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby frizzen » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:10 pm

Got to take it out and test it a little more.

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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby frizzen » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Ya know when you make something months ago, then too much life happens to even take pics...

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Should atleast be more comfortable now
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby pchast » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:45 pm

Nice! :D
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby frizzen » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:09 pm

Thanks.

If i'm going to go out towing this on any more "public roads", i better add in some more safety before the police notice and want to discuss things... (i built an AMC Matador police car somewhere along the way)

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A jewlery thing (necklace spacer?), and some chain.

Now there's a magnet on bottom of the hitch drawbar. Snap the hitch together, stick the chains up and adjust slack. If i used 2 smaller weaker magnets i could do the chain cross better.

Be safe out there, and watch your speed
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Re: Mechanix Illustrated Teardrop, in 1/14 scale.

Postby rjgimp » Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:38 pm

That's freaking awesome. lol
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