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Custom Trophy Truck Model Excitement!

Seems like every holiday season KiwiMill is asked to make a custom truck model for a very special client. Our model makers  love this type of project. Who wouldn’t?

This year’s custom trophy truck was based off a store bought RC 1:10 scale truck named the “Yeti”.

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The outside shell of the Yeti was removed and a custom one designed in its place. A photograph of the real truck was used to take exact measurements, which were then adjusted slightly to fit this particular off-the-shelf truck frame. The custom shell was drawn up in Solid Works.

custom truck model

The computer drawings were then used to vacuum form the custom truck shell.

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A custom chassis was assembled under the base using ABS plastic. Other accessories were hand built including the light bars, fire extinguisher, gas tank, and ratchet straps.

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The interior of the truck model was hand built as well. A plastic figure was placed inside. It wore a custom fabricated and hand painted helmet to match the one the real life owner and driver of the vehicle wears.

custom truck model

The custom trophy truck model was masked off and painted from the inside. Vinyl labels of the logos and sponsors were applied to the finished surface.

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The truck was then mounted on a base made out of rolled, welded steel that was painted to resemble the dirt hills the real truck is driven on.

The final product turned out to be a great surprise for the client. His own custom trophy truck model, built to replicate the real one he owns and races. Very cool gift!

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1:14 Scale Custom RC Truck Model

This custom truck model was a fun build. The truck model came to us as an RC kit in 1:14 scale. Our model makers were tasked with transforming the generic body into a custom TMA truck for our client, Royal Truck & Equipment.

A TMA truck was driven to our model shop parking lot so the model makers could take measurements and pictures of the real thing. TMA trucks are used at road side construction sites, and are designed to absorb impact in the event of a collision from behind.

TMA truck used for truck model

The truck model kit was heavily customized in order to create the correct chassis.

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

The truck model bed and accessories were made from ABS and 3D printed parts.

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

The Scorpion feature on the back of the truck was made almost entirely out of brass. It folds and unfolds like the real thing.

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

A custom blinking circuit allowed the arrow light to move up and down. Lights and sound were included along with the RC movement. Miniature reflective tape and client supplied decals completed the truck model.

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

The completed truck model was test driven out in the same parking lot where the original truck sat at the beginning of the project. Then it was packed and shipped to our client.

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

Custom 1:14 Scale Truck Model

 

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