[Ed. Note: With the end of the NASA space shuttle program, TGCR member Bill Prince retired. However, you don’t need to worry about how he is spending his time. And yes, there is a Lincoln connection.]
About 3 months ago, my daughter and son-in-law bought my grand kids two little 3 month old dachshunds. They are sisters named Lucy and Penny.
So I thought that I would design and build an interesting dog house. After some thought, I decided to build a miniature vintage Shasta (with wings) travel trailer, about 1/3rd scale. And I thought that I would use polished aluminum sheet for the outside skin. And on top of that, I thought that it would be neat to form the aluminum just like a real trailer. Of course the question was: How to do that?
Well, I figured it out.
However, after about a month of part-time work on it, it was becoming apparent that the trailer was going to be too nice to give to the dogs. So I started to add more details to it. Now, I plan on showing it in the AutoRama and then just keeping it on display in my living room!
It is about 3 ft long, 2 ft wide, and 2 ft tall. I even have a starburst clock inside. (I made a miniature one.) It has a black and white floor, working jalousie windows, and will have miniature vintage travel stickers! The frame and sides under the skin are made of primed ½‖ treated plywood. It may weigh around 100 lbs, but I have not weighed it yet.
In the AutoRama, I will call it the “Short Short Trailer” staring Lucy & Penny, the Dachshund Sisters.
By the way, this relates to Lincolns! How? Well, in the Long Long Trailer movie starring Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, they drove a 1953 Mercury. However there was a flip-flub. The car pulling the trailer up a steep mountain road was a 1952 Lincoln! The reason was that the Lincoln had the power to pull the long and heavy trailer up the mountain, but the Merc could not. Recall the Road Race Lincolns of that era.