Land Rover Defender Dashboard part 7

The center section probably has the most detail and we should pay a little more attention to this section than the others.  The top of the middle section seemed to not be correct in terms of how much the middle vents sloped up and how much the outer, large, round vents tended to disappear into the top as they went towards the rear.  We need to adjust this part of the center section first as it might also affect each side’s upper profile.

I removed the top part of the center dash, raised the rear edge and redrew the lines to make a steeper ramp effect.  Then I adjusted the round vent shapes to better align with the new top part and redrew the front vents.  After that was done I added details to the round vents.

The client also request a satellite navigation mounted to the top of the dash.  I added that next.

Next, I needed to create more reliefs in the lower section of the center for the controls.  The lowest area sticks out on its own where the middle section goes into the dashboard.  The lowest part of the center dashboard comes out past the lowest controls with the downward curve.

Inside the lowest part is a kind of cubby hole so I added that feature as well.

I added a speaker to the right side, lower portion for more detail.  With these features all complete on the center section, we can see the total result by itself and also with the right side portion visible.

I was playing around with the truck body, dashboard and interior when realized that I hadn’t taken into account the interior portion for measurements.  I created a mockup of the interior part that would affect the dashboard and then matched that mockup to the dash.  What I found was that the dashboard model I created was going to not fit because of areas that would not go over or around the interior.

Here is the interior mockup I made.

With the interior mockup in place I could overlay the dashboard in it’s position and fix the conflicting overlaps.

I think it is time to begin with the left side.  I copied and flipped the right side of the dashboard and placed all of it together.

Next will will be working with the left side of the dashboard where we will create the steering column, steering wheel, and gauge area.  We might even create a closed chamber behind the gauges where you could insert a 5mm LED for back lighting gauges.  All that in our next installment.

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Christopher lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden where he enjoys his passion for radio controlled vehicles. He spends his spare time working on various projects involving scale RC trucks and 3D modeling.

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