by Richard Marmo
When trucks roll off an assembly line, they’re bright, shiny and ready to go to work. As the years roll by, the paint dulls, dents appear here and there, and upholstery begins to split and crack. Eventually rust appears and begins to spread, the engine starts to fail and the cost of repairs becomes too much to justify. Finally, it’s driven or towed to an isolated part of the property and abandoned to the vagaries of nature and allowed to rust in peace.
One of the latest AMT releases from Round2Models, specifically a 1953 Ford F-100 pickup truck, is perfectly suited to replicate this common fate of a farm or ranch truck. Let’s see what it’ll take to create an end-of-life vignette.
First, determine the scene
This can be done in your head, though some of you might prefer to make a rough sketch. It all depends on how you like to work. At any rate, what I finally settled on was to have my truck sitting in a weedy, brushy area, maybe with some larger bushes or even small saplings or trees. Since the truck would have been there for years, the doors would have sprung open, and maybe people looking for spare parts might have pawed through it. I wouldn’t add any dents because trucks in that time period had such thick body metal that it would’ve taken a 12-pound sledgehammer to begin making a dent! On the other hand, hunters or vandals might’ve used it for target practice and many seasons would’ve come and gone. Of course, the end result would probably be somewhat different from my original concept, but at least I had a loose plan.
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