Coming from a family of carpenters, Henri Hénon made his first camper for his wife in 1931. Soon he made few more for his friends and acquaintances and then there was no looking back. He started taking part in exhibitions and fairs and collected few orders. By 1938 he was well-known in France until the World War II began.
While the war was raging, Hénon kept improvising his design. After the war ended Hénon introduced a camping van that had double insulation wall on her sides. This he achieved by bonding aluminium sheet with a hardboard ply or HDF (a novelty in the 1940s). By 1948 he introduced the triple layer campers that kept the heat outside while maintaining the room temperature inside.
In 1954 he collaborated with a research laboratory to develop a special polyester material (polyester was new then) that was sandwiched between 2 layers to create a material called Verrisine which he then used for his campers that could be moulded in to different shapes. It was a technological feat in the mid-fifties.
He further started experimenting with large sized campers that could accommodate more people. He built one that was 13 metres long and could comfortably take 10 persons for camping. And with small changes the same could be converted in to a small kiosk at the front with living quarters at the rear end.
This scale model in 1:18 is an exact rendition of the same.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Opening doors|
|- Moving wheels|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||16 x 8 x 7.5|