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Advanced Model Truck Designing For Builders

Aug 13, 2008
Have you ever felt that you have built several hundred model trucks? Does it feel like they are starting to get extremely boring? You have begun to customize your own models which just seemed to take a little planning and forethought. Now you are looking for a new challenge but not very sure where you should start. Well, either you can try just using your feet to put the next one together or you can attempt to design your next model from scratch. With a little creativity and enough skill to use some minor tools you will soon be able to build a truck that is all your own.

Before you can ever start building you will have to find a truck that will catch your attention. If you are trying this for the very first time then you ought to try one that does not have a great deal of detail on its outside. This will allow you a bit of practice before you tackle a big job. If you have the opportunity to do so you should try to take pictures of the truck from as many angles as you can. This will allow you to include as much detail in your model as you are able. You should also try to take measurements of the truck if you have someone who can help you do so. Try to get every measurement possible including the length, width, height, and depth of the bed. This will also help you to get everything as close to scale as possible.

After you get all your measurements you will be ready to begin your drawings. Try to rough sketch the truck but don't worry about scale. It doesn't have to be exact right now but you should try to get it close. You should also sketch some different viewpoints as well. If you do this then it will make creating your mock-up much easier. After you have sketched your model you should also draw out as many different details as you can. If you will draw each one on sketch paper you can then lay it over on the drawing of the truck so you can tell how it will look when it is finished. This will also help you make sure your scale is close to correct. If you use the sketch paper you will not mess up your original sketch and will be able to try many different looks.

The hardest decision will come once you have your design ready. For those who are rather computer literate there is the option of using CAD programs. These allow you to render a 3D model of your truck so that you can tell what it is going to look like after it is done. If you do not want to go this route then you can move on to the next step. The first thing you must do is to find a model that is similar to your truck that you are wanting to build. You can then use this as a base. You will most likely find that the parts that you need are not all there. You will have to try to find others that will work as substitutions. These may come from many different places including yard sales, old models around the house or flea markets. Once you are able to get all your parts into place you will soon find that you have created a model truck that is truly 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 truck designs.
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