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Posted by greendog, on 2007-11-21 23:11:58

how can I make an old dirty trailer

hi, one of my characters in one of my upcoming films is going to be a fat slob who lives in an old nasty trailer. my question is, how can i make one of these trailers? something like the attachment. i would like it dirtier tough.also really rusty looking. any ideas would be helpful and appreciated thanks

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-11-22 18:34:16

This one is easier than the car, because it's all flat shapes. So use any flat material you have the tools to cut. Nothing but a snap-off blade knife and a ruler? Use cardboard and/or foamcore. Got a bandsaw? Medium Density Fibreboard is good, or 3mm plywood if you want some woodgrain texture. Get a hot glue gun and some glue sticks to stick it together if you want to do it fast. Use pva white glue (woodworking glue) if you can clamp it together and wait for it to dry. Paint it with water based wall paint. For rust, first paint orangy-brown in areas where rust is most likely to collect. Then get an old toothbrush, dip it in reddish brown acrylic paint, and drag your thumb backwards across the bristles. It will spray a coarse splatter of paint as the bristles flick back. (I discovered this in school, long before I could afford an airbrush.) Let it dry, then splatter a different shade of brown. I use 3 colours - an orangish paint, then a reddish one, then a darker brown or black used very lightly. That gives it some variation and texture. If it's really thick rust you want, first dab some paint or glue on, and sprinkle sawdust or dirt over it to build up texture. then paint with rusty colours. For general dirtying down, make up some thin watery black paint and flick it with a 2" brush. It will tend to run into the hollows and drible and streak down like real dirt that's run in the rain. If you made it too dark, flick water over it right away to thin it down. Let it dry, then do more if you want.

Posted by greendog, on 2007-11-23 07:16:10

thanks so much, do you have any examples?? i would like to see one if its not to much trouble. thanks

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-11-26 01:57:29

I haven't done a trailer. But since it's flat shapes, like a house, it's pretty much the same when it comes to making a model. This bridge doesn't look anything like a trailer, but shows how shapes are first built up over cardboard with thin plywood, MDF, and bits of wooden moulding.

Posted by kmsanime, on 2007-11-27 02:02:38

Get thee to a hobby shop if you have one around. They should have sheets of styrene with grooves in it to match. See this corrugated siding might be just the thing.

Posted by PaulVortex, on 2007-11-27 07:09:38

Wow... Corrugated Metal Siding... Instant trailer! Great idea!

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-11-27 18:16:53

I was surprised by the number of different sizes of corrugated sheeting at that site. Usually model railway scales are too small to help much with stopmotion sets, but some of those might work. It doesn't matter what a textured sheeting was made for originally, as long as it's the right size for the scale you are using. It might not even be made for scale modelling - I've found corrugated card in a craft shop that works out perfectly for 1:24 corrugated iron roofing, and a bigger size that is probably close enough for 1:18 scale. I've got a couple of wire mesh waste baskets that are just right for 1:6 cyclone fencing. You learn to keep an eye out for things that look like a smaller scale of something else. Look at the real thing, and measure the distance between ridges. Then work out what scale your set will be. If it's 1:6, and the real iron sheeting has a ridge every 6 inches, then something with a ridge every inch is what you are looking for. If you only have photos, no real trailer nearby to look at, you'll have to estimate the size. It doesn't have to be mathematically perfect, just near enough to give the right impression.

Posted by greendog, on 2007-11-27 20:36:59

thanks guys, when im done making the trailer model i will take the measurements. ill also try to remember to post a picture here. before and after the siding, if i get some.

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-11-27 22:20:27

How big are you making it? What scale will your characters be? Usually they are somewhere in between these sizes: A 6 ft (1800mm) tall man in 1:6 scale = 12 inches (300mm) a 5 ft short woman (1500mm)in 1:6 scale = 10 inches (250mm) A 6 ft tall man in 1:8 scale = 225mm A 6 ft tall man in 1:12 scale = 6 inches (150mm) I just thought of another way of making siding, if you can't find something in a useful size. It depends on whether you can get aluminum flashing (like a strip of heavy foil) at the hardware or not. You place the heavy foil of flashing on a cardboard surface, something firm but not rock-hard. With a pencil, biro, or chopstick sanded to a slightly rounded tip, you draw on the back along a ruler. the pencil will press into the foil, making a groove. You may need to go over it several times. Turn it over, and you have a raised ridge. Plus, you can add a few dents as well if it's old and battered. When you've scored all the ridges, use contact cement to glue it onto a sheet of card. You can actually stretch this flashing quite a lot, by rubbing on the inside. (I made Marco Polo's helmet for O Pollo Mio this way.)

Posted by greendog, on 2007-12-01 10:39:57

thanks, ill try this.