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Model Car Prototypes Lead The Way

Aug 1, 2008
Model cars have been around for quite some time. As a hobby modeling has seen a rise, a decline, and it has risen again. Modelers come from all walks of life and from every corner of the world. From Canada to Greece to Vietnam there are people every where who love to build model cars. It is a hobby that can teach you to use your creative side. It can also teach you that the art of building models surpasses all language barriers.

With all the people building models how does it figure into everyday life? One of the most important functions that model car builders fill falls within the automotive field. When car makers set out to build a new model of car they begin with an idea. They work it out on paper and computers and then they turn to the experts. Who do they call? Modelers, of course.

A model maker will come in and cast a clay model from the designs produced by the concept artists. This model will then be used as a means of making changes in how the prototype of the new vehicle should look. Not only have modelers long been used in the automotive industry, some of the industry's drive has come from model that were built as prototypes before the concept was ever considered.

Famous model builders have been building clay cars for years by combining parts of existing model cars and changing them to match the design that they have carefully thought out or have chosen based on what the consumers have been asking for and try out on a whim. Whims of fancy can lead to the creation of many different innovations. How easy would it be to assemble a plastic model car and catch yourself thinking "hey, this would look cool in a car!"

If you do then it may be a good idea to set your car up and snap some shots of the changes you have made. Once you get several good pictures you should then sit down and write out your ideas or better yet type them. It would not do to send them in and get them back with a note saying that they could not read your handwriting. If it is something extremely inventive that you feel could possibly worth quite a bit of money then you could consider applying for a patent first. The patent process can be somewhat tedious but is worth it in the long run.

By getting your idea patented you will ensure that you idea stays yours so that you can then have a chance to offer it to several different auto manufacturers. Also by spreading your ideas around you have a better chance of them possibly taking off. New body styles are always on the drawing boards and car manufacturers often look to the public for new and exciting ideas. Who knows, you could be the next Diesel, Shelby, or Ford. Just make sure that you don't become the next Tucker, Hudson, or DeLorean.
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 model prototype cars, model trains, and model trucks.
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