Truck & Trailer Advertising Model

Discussion in 'Commercial & Civilian Vehicles' started by DanBKing, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Many moons ago, my employer suggested I make a paper model of one of the delivery vans in their fleet.
    I took on the idea and started designing a model. You can see the start of that here:

    Anyway, a short while later, my employer upped the ante.
    He decided that the delivery van does not represent all the services that the company provides.
    He decided that he wanted me to make a model of one of the large trucks that the company uses.
    So, the van design was put on hold and I started to design a new model.

    The companies truck fleet comprises of Mercedes Actros and M.A.N rigid-chassis trucks.
    Here is a pic of one of the Actros's in the loading bay.


    The truck is very 'boxy' in design and I thought it would be a simple model to design and build. And between the two truck manufacturers, the designs are almost identical.
    The boss wanted the model to be simple to build, as not everybody out there has strong paper modelling skills.
    The trucks also use a trailer for larger loads and I decided to model one of these too.

    I trawled the internet and found line drawings of the cab of the truck I wanted to model. I had decided to model the M.A.N.


    Before I go further, I want to once again show my gratitude to Revell-Fan for the extensive and comprehensive help he provided me in this project. Without him, I don't think I would of got this far. Thank you very much R-F !!:thumb::thumb::thumb:

    With absolutely no knowledge of Sketchup, I started to trace the line drawings to create the 3D model.


    This is the completed cab section.


    I then started putting all the other basic components together and started playing with textures.


    This is the (almost) complete design.....


    I added a lot more details and parts like mirrors and the tow hitch.
    Once I had all the components modelled, I used the Flattery plugin in Sketchup to unfold the model.
    I exported the unfolded model as a vector graphics file ready to import it into another program that I have never used: Inkscape.


    After a VERY steep learning curve in using Inkscape, I cleaned up the model, added good textures and produced the 2 page A4 pdf file ready.


    I printed a copy and built the first model. Once completed, I gave this to my boss. He was absolutely bowled over with it. :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

    I am finishing off the instructions at the moment and this will then complete the project.

    On a side note, my boss showed the model to a couple of companies that he deals with regularly, and I have already had four orders for the same model in different liveries :eek:
    All I have to do now is decide how much to charge them for it!! :rolleyes:
    So, you CAN make money out of this hobby :mrgreen:

    Anyway, in my next post, the completed model as given to my boss.

    Thanks for looking in everybody :thumb:

  2. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    And here she is!!







    And a happy boss! :mrgreen:


    See you all around the forum

  3. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator


    Well done, my young Padawan!

  4. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    Great job there Dan, Looks great.
  5. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I think this thread is great! Good for you Dan, you are KING!! :)
  6. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    Nice job, a beautiful, simple and yet complete model. COOL!
  7. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Dan, you did a FANTASTIC JOB on this model.
    This would make for a GREAT marketing tool.
  8. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Congratulations Dan. An excellent job and doubly impressive given that you had to learn the tools as you went. I just started learning Inkscape myself a couple weeks ago so I can appreciate what you were dealing with. Still haven't gotten around to learning Sketchup (I use Metasequoia) but the more I see of it the more inclined I am to have a go at it.

    Thanks for the inspiring thread.
  9. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Geez, your work is so excellent "SJS", I look up to your work. I guess I am going have to check out Inkscape, you guys are doing so well with it.

    Dan, your speed at this makes you a natural, which does not preclude the effort you put into what you do. I highly encourage you to consider expanding and soliciting business for more work. This forum does not allow it, and it is not some place where advertising for your work will yield much but if you create similar works for other local business, you may a greater commercial succcess yet find. Just be careful, you put these ideas out there without a signature of non-disclosure, you could find the idea done in house, so never leave a work behind in the hands of a prospective buyer, and NEVER give the a .pdf of the model, that's like giving it all away for free, which is O.K., if that is what you want to do, but no good for business. It is very few people that can make money in this business. In fact, I know of only one person who does this as a living, and I'm not sure if it is the only thing he does. His work is masterful. It's a hard economy right now. :)
  10. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    Fantastic job Dan!
  11. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement everybody.

    I have a trusted print company to do my prints, and trust giving them the files.
    As far as prospective clients are concerned, they will receive printed copies only, that way ensuring some security. I cannot stop them scanning it though. The other option is to sell the pdf to a client.
    I am still working all this out, as it has happened so fast.

    I have so much on my plate in life at the moment, that this is going to cost me something I have little of: Time!
    But, I will persevere.

    Again, thank you all!
  12. retunga

    retunga Designer

    cool, well done :)

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