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the foamie (build journal)

Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:36 am

here is the thread that started it all
http://tnttt.com/viewto ... sc&start=0`

this a long thread and building the building doesn't start til around page 24. so it was decided that a separate build journal be done. i also want to say this was not my idea, thanks goes to that thread and gpw!

since all the write ups are on that thread i am just going to add some pics here.
this was hubby starting the frame inside.
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but it got too big and too heavy so out it went.
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i know it has been recommended to add a tongue extention. we will, but haven't gotten to that part yet.
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:41 am

hubby has the floor cut out. it looks bowed and warped here already, but it was not bolted down yet. it really is flat.
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we are pretty close to the tire
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the profile. in this pic there is a weird bump at the top, it will be gone when done. although in the finished product there still seems to be a weird shape to the top.
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the foam dust begins
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trying to get both sides to match
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i used a steak knife and a hand saw to cut. and sand paper grit number 60 works great.
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:47 am

we had a group of tearjerkers come down for a tear raising weekend
the is our chapter director giving thought to build a foamie
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another member just going with the flow
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i don't think the idea went over to well at first. but they eventually kicked it inot gear and it starts
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:50 am

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some wood would have to be used. thank goodness. it really adds the support where needed.

one side is up
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yup he's the man :lol:

both sides are up. and they are up using gorilla glue.
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doors cut and grandson checking it out
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Postby pete42 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:54 am

I built an all fiberglass airplane using foam as the meat in the sandwich
the foam only provided shape the bi-direction fiberglass provided the strength it turned out very strong and light weight.

keep the pictures coming

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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:56 am

more foam had to be bought
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this is how they drove it home


the foam had to be scored to take the bend on the roof. the sides are 2" think insulated foam. the roof is 1" insulated foam. bought from lowes
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wood spars had to be put in, we tried using foam ones, but they were not strong enough. i wonder if you took more time and used foam spars covered with the canvas if that would make the strong enough? we did not have the time, so we did not test that.
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the roof starts
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bending it
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we glued and screwed to the spars
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:01 am

pic of the spars looking inside
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this is out of order.
but this is the 1/2 wall bulk head
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making sure the porta potty fits`
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i did not get pics of the hatch being built. i had surgery just days prior to the build weekend. so i was lucking just to be up and walking around.
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:03 am

in that last pic above you can see the hatch, right there is a bunk bed. also that flat piece of wood flips up and out for a counter and under counter storage.

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the shell is done
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:05 am

i had a convoy of tearjerkers that weekend
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:15 am

2 weekends later a couple of the gals came down and with hubby's help we glued the foam and laid the canvas on`
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pulling to get a smooth fit
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Covered in canvas and painters taped down til it dries
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doing some on the inside
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you can see the bulk head/bunk bed better here
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:34 am

pete42 wrote:I built an all fiberglass airplane using foam as the meat in the sandwich
the foam only provided shape the bi-direction fiberglass provided the strength it turned out very strong and light weight.

keep the pictures coming

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yes, lots of commented about canoes and airplanes. but also most have said they used the fiblerglass. this was something we wanted to stay away from. i wanted easy, and non toxic. that original link to the thread on the first post was exactly what i was looking for.

i have lots of foam left over though, so my mind is working on another project with this concept.

the pics will continue till i run out. i did not take that many more. :o
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Looking good

Postby lm248 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:38 am

Eagle,
I followed your build on the other thread.
And as soon as I can find a cheap trailer,,,
I will be following in your footsteps
You done good.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Looking good

Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:49 am

lm248 wrote:Eagle,
I followed your build on the other thread.
And as soon as I can find a cheap trailer,,,
I will be following in your footsteps
You done good.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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oh wow, thanks so much. but don't follow too close. read some of the follow ups. take heed. don't make the same mistakes, well there are no mistakes. but things i would have done differently.

i saw you posted over there, i wasn't sure what you meant. i put in this first post a link from the beginning of the thrifty alternatives thread. that thread needs to have the credit. gpw started the idea.
but it was getting pretty long and the building doesn't start til page 24.

good luck on yours and i can't wait to see your pics. it really is an easy build. but take your time.
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Postby aggie79 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:55 am

:applause: :thumbsup: :applause: Very nice job on your teardrop Eagle!

(BTW, what is your real first name?) Thank you for documenting your unique and innovative build.

Even though the weather didn't fully cooperate, I know y'all must have had a wonderful time on your first outing.

Enjoy your teardrop and take care,
Tom
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:57 am

aggie79 wrote::applause: :thumbsup: :applause: Very nice job on your teardrop Eagle!

(BTW, what is your real first name?) Thank you for documenting your unique and innovative build.

Even though the weather didn't fully cooperate, I know y'all must have had a wonderful time on your first outing.

Enjoy your teardrop and take care,
Tom


thanks so much! real first name is Louella. pics to come on the first outing. :cry:
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