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Modifying Officially Licensed Model Cars

Jul 19, 2008
Did you love the big car chase in that last movie? It was the one with the orange car that did the big jump onto the freeway with the two cousins at the wheel. Yea, that's the one. Remember how it got banged up and beat up all through the movie? Well, now you can simulate that on a model of that car. All it takes is a little work and some dedication and you will have a model car that looks just like it did on the movie.

The first thing you must do is to go out and find a model that is listed as an officially licensed model. What this means is that the movie makers and others involved have given the model maker the permission to make a replica of the movie car. While most of these can be rather detailed they usually do not include any of the damage that the car suffers during the movie. What you end up with is a pristine looking vehicle. Nice, but not like the car you are wanting in all its damaged glory.

If you are able then the best way to begin is to find a picture or to make a picture of what you want the car to look like when it is finished. The easiest way to do this is to find one on the Internet and print it out. Remember, such pictures are usually licensed as well so you cannot legally trade, sell, or buy this picture unless the site has express written permission to do so. Once you have this picture you are ready to begin.

You must identify the parts of your model car that will receive the "damage" treatment. Once you begin to assemble the car you will need to know these so you can adjust accordingly. If the part in question is actually missing from the movie vehicle then you will be able to leave it off of your finished model car. For example, the car in the movie is missing the rear bumper. You would then leave this bumper off of your car as well. Now for the panel damage. For this you need to know a little about auto lingo to proceed. If you are looking at a car from the side you will notice it is made up of sections. The section nearest the front is called the front quarter panel. The one nearest the bumper is known as the rear quarter panel. You then have the driver side and passenger side.

If the driver side front quarter panel is missing on the movie car then you will want to make sure that you adjust yours to suit. Remember, the movie car may not have lost the whole panel. If it has not then you should trim away the part on yours that needs to be removed and then glue the part to stay into place. You can trim and reattach parts and pieces as you need to with model cars to achieve the effect you are looking for. If there is damage from smoke, paint scrapes, etc. then these are easily achieve by some simple brush strokes in the right place. The end result will be a finished model car that you can really call your own and be proud of.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for working model cars, model trains, and model trucks.
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