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Constructively Damaging Your Model Truck

Aug 15, 2008
Have you recently been to the monster truck truck show? Did your favorite one happen to go through a jump and find itself rolling over and over and when it finally righted itself there was some body damage and some paint lost as well? Well, now you can copy the damage done to that truck on a model of it. All you will have to do is add a bit of research and elbow grease and you will have a model truck that looks just like the one at the monster truck show.

The very first thing you must do is to make sure that you can find a model of that truck in particular. It will be listed as an officially licensed model. What this means is that the makers of that monster truck have given the model manufacturers permission to make a detailed replica of the real truck. This means that you should be able to find a model that looks like the truck but with none of the damage that it might have suffered in the show. Good for looks, but not so good for the display you may be trying to replicate.

The best way to begin going about recreating this truck is to try to find pictures of it after it has been damaged. If you did not happen to have taken any you might know someone who has. Once again, if not then you should look on the Internet. Many of the monster truck shows will post pictures of these trucks on the net within a couple days of the show especially if it was a very spectacular accident. Keep in mind that you cannot buy or sell these pictures if you do print them out. They do come in very handy for using as a painting and damage guide for your model.

Now you are ready to identify the different parts of the truck that will be damaged. This will help you adjust accordingly once you have begun the model building process. If it is an actual missing part that came off in the wreck such as a quarter panel you can just leave this off of the finished model truck. If it was a bumper or fender then so much the easier. Now you must address damage to the different parts that are still in place. You need to be able to recognize the different parts of the truck to add the damage to the right part. Whether it is the front quarter panels, the doors, or the bed that will receive the damage by learning the automobile lingo you will go a long way toward knowing the most you can about the model you are building.

If you need to remove a section of panel then you can easily cut it out with a hobby knife. Make sure that you make your cuts slowly and carefully so that you do not damage too much of the part in question. You can easily add smoke damage, paint scrapes and more by using some brush strokes applied in the right spots. You will end up with a model truck that you can happily call your own.
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 licensed model trucks.
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