The branch I model terminates in Port Rowan – a small town on the north shore of Lake Erie, and the jumping off point for Long Point, which has long been a summertime playground. What better way to help tell that story than to add a travel trailer behind a 1950s sedan heading to the lake?
The Airstream trailer shown above is a “collectible” Christmas ornament from Hallmark. It was released in 2007 and scales really, really well to 1:64. I found one of these online after seeing one a module that fellow S Scale Workshop member Andy Malette contributed to our recent exhibition in Laval, Québec. It arrived this week.
As delivered, the trailer includes an eyebolt in the roof-top air conditioner for a hanging thread. I’ve removed that, but have done nothing else to the ornament – yet. The overall body is nice, but some of the details could be refined.
I plan to improve the trailer tongue. It has really crude renditions of the jack, coupler and other gear. It could use safety chains too.
I also plan to improve the fold-out awning. The ornament has a positionable awning, which is nice – but the associated hardware is out of scale. Some phosphor bronze wire and smaller hinge points are in order.
As the following photo suggests, even Airstream did not offer air conditioning on its trailers in the 1950s – so I’ll have to remove the roof-top unit and plug any mounting holes:
Fortunately, Airstream trailers did have roof-top vents – and they were likely to acquire a bit of road grime when on the move which should help me blend my work into the factory paint job.
I’m sure I’ll come up with other enhancements to make. But even before I tackle this project, this trailer is an eye-catching addition to Bay Street, at the end of the Port Rowan peninsula.