Making Model Gypsy Caravans

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Includes plans for Bow Top, Ledge and Showmans Caravans by John Thompson. The basic structures call for woodworking skills; small-scale metalwork is needed for the springs, axles, etc., and either carving or casting is involved in the decorative features. This book is referencing content based on scale models.

Chapters 3 and 4 give general advice on materials, tools and painting. While Chapter 6 discusses the method of constructing wheels. The Showman's caravan is a simplified design to suit the beginner or someone who does not want to spend too long on a model.

The Open Lot Bow Top caravan plans show every detail of the prototype, but it is not too complicated, and the full instructions and cutting patterns make it a suitable model for the average craftsman. The Ledge wagon is an ambitious project, with a lot of detail, and you have to work directly from scale plans, as no cutting instructions are given. This model would appeal to the experienced modelmaker, who does not mind spending several months on the job. 

Included are some details of other types of caravans, with photographs and sketches, for those who may care to build something unusual. 

You may also be interested in our Gypsy Caravan Plans HERE


  • 11 1/2" X 8 1/2" 
  • 108 pages
  • Softcover, spiral bound


  1. By Way of Introduction
  2. The Types of Caravan
  3. Tools and Materials
  4. Painting and Models
  5. A Showman's Caravan
  6. How to Make the Wheels
  7. Making the Metal Fittings
  8. An Open Lot Bow Top Caravan
  9. The Dunton Ledge Waggon
  10. Some Further Projects
  11. Displaying and Exhibiting
  12. Sources of Information
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