One of the better kits on the market for Radio Controlled trucks is the RC4WD Trail Finder 2. After delaying for quite some time I finally purchased this kit. The kit comes with a body that is very similar to the Tamiya Hilux body. Neither body kit comes with a full, or even partial, interior. This can leave the hobbyist to explore their own path with regards to what level of detail they would like to include in their body. The body kit does come with an installable dashboard with a steering wheel.
The dashboard has a limited amount of physical details which are supposed to be supplemented with stickers to add more realism with the look of controls. In it’s basic for it gets the job done. For me….. I couldn’t settle for the stickers and was left wanting more. This desire to make a better build turned into wanting to design my own dashboard. There is actually a resin kit available which can provide a pretty complete interior with door panels, the dashboard, and bench seat. This kit, although much improved over the original, is still not up to the level that I wanted.
After working on the body for a short time I started to work on the interior. I started to hand-craft a dashboard that would have substantially more detail then the included offering. After successfully working in the TinkerCAD website with the NATO Jerry Can, I decided to switch over to Sketchup 2013 again and give it another shot. I have improved quite a bit and felt up to the challenge of crafting the dashboard.
I used the included dashboard as a starting point to create a model. I needed the correct dimensions and surface areas to start with. After that it was up to me to make it work.
Here is some of the progression:
I am making steady updates so there is more to come….