What does scale mean to me? What does it mean to have a scale truck?
For some people a scale truck is just what they purchased at their local hobby shop or from an online retailer. For others it is that same vehicle with a few 3D printed accessories or maybe a working winch, or the addition of functional headlights and tail lights. For me scale is the pursuit of an accurate representation of the vehicle that you are trying to reproduce.
For some it’s just putting on a smaller tire, most real one-to-one vehicles are not running around with a 52 inch tall tire on them. To take it another step entirely would be to add a realistic hard body on top of any of the readily available chassis on the market. This step allows the modeler a much more realistic looking vehicle as the current line of hard bodies have many molded details that lexan bodies simply are not able to recreate. As the bodies get more realistic the tires get smaller, and the scale accessories start to add up. Then you might feel the current production line of chassis simply a
re not scale enough. For many models other companies such as RC4WD, GCM Racing, RC Modelex and others provide a more scale realistic chassis. Many of these chassis will allow bodies to mount much lower and easier than many of the commonly found hobby shop brands. As part of the new chassis that better fit the bodies we end up with a much shorter shock. We do away with the 90 and 95mm shocks that come on most hobby shop kits and we replace them with 30, 40, 50, or 60mm shocks which provide a more accurate level of scale wheel travel. When we move into a hard body this also allows us several options for making opening body panels. Whether this is a hood, tailgate or a driver's door the scale modeler can make these a valuable addition to their vehicle. When we move into opening body panels we bring in another realm of realism to the models. There can be a fully detailed engine bay, or a fully detailed interior sometimes complete with working steering wheels or driver figures, backlit dash panels and so on. Hard bodies are not the only way to find or acquire a certain model of vehicle. There are many Craftsman that start with nothing and build a body comple