Dave Burket asked me to participate in the box art for the Model King release of the '79 Ford pickup. He was using several builders and styles on the box, so he asked me to do a red sports truck with some minor mud. So here's what I delivered from his test shot.
The provided test shot didn't come with chrome, so I used Alclad spray can on the bumpers. I did it over a Duplicolor metallic blue, which gave it an unusual tone. I was under a deadline and didn't have any gloss black paint. To make the model different from the other box builds, I did the grill in body color and black. Details like the front bumper guard, the bed roll bar are just pinned in place so they could be removed if the photo session dictated. The mirrors are still only pinned in place since the model was mailed and I didn't want them to break off in transit,
I really wanted to fix the windshield height issue, but this being a box art build, it had to represent what was actually in the box. I did add the drip rail because it was bad in the test shot, and I was told it would be fixed on the tool.
And here we are without the roll bar but with the bed cover. Note that to use both the roll bar and the bed cover, it all would need to be glued in place at the same time. That would be glue on the bed cover, then stick the roll bar through it with glue on the feet,
Engine built box stock with some minor weathering.
Interior was detail painted and carpet was flocked. Seat was two toned.
I did weather up and detail paint the chassis.
Here's Doug Whyte's actual photo that appeared on the kit box side panel. That is my dog TJ photo shopped into the window.
And here's the money shot.. the photo as it actually appeared on the box!
And once I got it back from the photo shoot, I added license plates to commemorate the occasion.
It was fun to build the truck for the box art, although it was building under a deadline that was much tighter than my normal work and I felt the obligation to get it done. And I got "Build a Box Art Model" off my Bucket List.