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Model Car Designing For Advanced Builders

Jul 25, 2008
You have put together a few hundred models (well, it feels that way anyhow). You have even custom detailed several and all it took was a little thought and some extra elbow grease. Now you are starting to get a bit bored and feel like a real challenge but you are not sure what to try next. You can either try assembling your next model blindfolded or you can try to design your own model from the ground up. It can take a bit of creative skill and the ability to read a measuring tape but with little more than this you will soon have a model car of your own creation.

The first thing you must do is to find a car that catches your eye. If this is your very first attempt you should pick one that may not have too much fine work on its exterior. This way you will get a bit of practice in before you get to the really hard stuff. Take pictures of the car from all the angles that you can so you get a good idea of the detail that will be included in your end model. Once you do this then you should have someone assist you in taking measurements of the car. Measure every bit of the car that you can get to. From front to back side to side and everywhere in between, every measurement that you have will make it that much easier once you are ready to draw your model to scale.

Once you get to the drawing board the first thing you will want to do is to rough sketch your car. It doesn't have to be to scale yet but it should look pretty close. Also make sure you draw many different viewpoints of it. By doing so you will make it much easier when you bing to make a mock-up. Now that you have sketched out your car you can also sketch out the various embellishments you would like to add. Whether it is a fin or spoilers by adding them to the sketch they will also be much easier to visualize as well. One thing that is very useful is to use tracing paper to draw these embellishments on the vehicle. This way your primary drawing will not be compromised and you can try out several different looks.

Now that you have your design ready you will want to do a bit of deciding. If you are rather computer literate you might give using a CAD program a shot. Cad can allow you to render your model car in 3D so that it is much easier to see what it is going to look like once it is completed. If not then you are ready to move on to the next step. Find an existing model that looks somewhat like the car you have designed and use it as a base to work from. If there are parts that you need that are not included in this existing model you may be able to find them in other old models that can be picked up from yard sales or flea markets. It may start out seeming like a bit of a cobbled creation but once you get everything fitted, sanded, primed, and painted you will truly have a model car that you can call all your own.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for model car aficionados, model trains, and model trucks.
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