Refering to the photo at the top, start by Nailing the trailer pad to the truck
wheel base. Be sure to use glue on the pad. Also important, don't put nails
thru where the wheels attach. But the pad could be a little further back,
as it is, the trailer can't turn very sharply. In this case I used 1
1/2 inch Number 16 brads. They will go thru the bottom about 1/16 of
an inch, but turning the piece over and hammering the nails over works just fine.
Once the pad is nailed on, its time add the wheels. Adding the wheels at this point
helps by not having to try to pound axels in with the truck assembled. When the
picture was taken, the wheels had not arrived yet, so this step is left off. But
if the wheels get put on \ last that doesn't hurt either.
Next, put attach the base to the truck body with 2 -- 1 1/2 inch drywall screws.
This lets the kids have a chance at using a screw gun, so let them have a go at
Note, the base goes up in the slot as far as it can go and still be level. Don't
screw the part on the rounded front of the slot. And be sure to use lots of glue,
This part takes a lot of stress.
Lastly for the truck, add the exaust stacks. There are a pair of 1 1/2 inch by 3/8
inch dowels. Nail them into the holes on the top of the cab. A little glue in the
hole first doesn't hurt any, tho the dowels will be a tight fit.
This finishes the truck body except for the front (and if they haven't been added
at this point) back wheels.
Horizon RFKC leaves the wheels off until after the truck has been painted, But either
way works just fine.
Next on the list is the Trailer. Start with the bed of the and add the Wheel block.
This is nailed and glued on with 1 1/2 inch brads. The block goes in the shallow
slot in the trailer bed and flush to the back of the trailer. Be sure the wheels
are placed to the rear of the trailer, tho if the kids get it wrong way around,
it won't make any difference.
Next to be nailed and glued are the sides. The sides are nailed on flush to the
front back and bottom of the trailer bottom. Be sure the slot is up. There are three
nail holes on each side. Again use the same wire brads to nail with.
You will have to help with this piece, holding the side level while the camper nails
the side on.
Be sure to use glue on these parts for strength.
Turn over the trailer and nail on the 2nd side exactly the same as the first side.
In this photo, the slots are clearly seen at the top of the trailer. The lid will
slide in the slots.
The next step is a (by a small amount) a little tricky. Nailing the front and back
of the trailer is pretty simple, place the parts and glue and nail into place. BUT,
The front and back are not the same size. (Refer to photo at the top of the page).
The largest part goes to the front of the trailer, and the smaller one goes to the
If they get the parts mixed up, its ok, if just means the lid will slide to the
front of the truck instead of out the back.
In this photo, the short piece is in the back, where the wheels are attached. Two
nails on each end with some glue will hold them tight. Be sure to nail both sides.
The last step, is attaching the pin that will hold the trailer to the truck. Turn
the trailer over on its back and drive the 1/4 inch dowel into the hole in the front
of the trailer bottom.
Look at the wheel block at the rear of the trailer. The shallow slot it sets in
can be clearly seen. Be sure the wheel block is in this slot. This does two things,
sets apart the front from the back (don't want to nail the block over the pin hole,
and also aligns the wheels straight on the trailer.
Well, this finishes the truck except for a little sanding if the kids want, and
a full creative paint job. Let the kids have fun with it.