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Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2014 4:00 p.m. PST

This project actually began as an exercise in getting better at making curved surfaces in Sketchup, but it eventually became more focused on making actual vehicles.

My dad was a long-haul trucker for years, and I'm probably one of the few people who both knows all the words to the C. W. McCall song "Convoy" and who also knows what they all mean! As part of my curved-surfaces exercise, I decided to Sketchup some 6mm-scale futuristic trucks (a.k.a. lorries for our British friends), busses, and other civilian vehicles.

Since civilian vehicles in a wargame are little more than mobile terrain pieces or an objective to fight over (Side A is trying to capture them whilst Side B attempts to prevent same), I decided to name this line of vehicles my "Maguffin Motors" line. Most of the inspiration for these came from concept truck sketches found around the Web.

Here is a group shot:


And the rest can be found here on my blog-o'-war:



Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2014 4:08 p.m. PST

Holy cow… that pic is huge. I need to learn better how to use Blogger. Sorry, all.

morrigan02 Jul 2014 4:35 p.m. PST

Those vehicles are very good! Do you plan to sell them?

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2014 4:42 p.m. PST

Yeah, I'll probably upload them to Shapeways pretty soon. Luckily, I've gotten enough experience now with Sketchup and Shapeways that nearly everything I design should be printable (no internal walls, below-minimum wire/wall thicknesses, etc.).

John Bear Ross02 Jul 2014 4:42 p.m. PST

Very neat.


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2014 5:38 p.m. PST

Very sharp.

stroezie02 Jul 2014 8:01 p.m. PST

These are awesome!
Just what I need to flesh out my new city board. I will be keeping an eye on your shapeways store. Any chance of a similar set of smaller civilian vehicles in the future?

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2014 8:07 p.m. PST

You mean like sedans, coupes, wagons, and such? I could probably do that! I was just musing about doing a Spinner from Blade Runner…

DOUGKL02 Jul 2014 8:08 p.m. PST

Nice looking stuff. They are something I would be interested in.

stroezie02 Jul 2014 10:13 p.m. PST

…I was just musing about doing a Spinner from Blade Runner…
Yes please!!!
Sedans, coupes etc. are exactly what I meant, I'm just really envious of all the cool stuff that has been released for 15mm lately I guess ;-)

Gaz004503 Jul 2014 6:46 a.m. PST

Good looking stuff…..just right to populate my growing spaceport…..

boy wundyr x03 Jul 2014 7:54 a.m. PST

Great vehicles, I'll pick them up when they're available and I do another Shapeways order (I try to buy a bunch of things at once to save on shipping/customs). Would also like the smaller civilian stuff too.

Legion 403 Jul 2014 8:00 a.m. PST

Posted on Tactical Command ! Nice !

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2014 11:32 p.m. PST

Thanks, L4!

artbraune04 Jul 2014 9:57 a.m. PST

Do you think the designs would scale down to 3mm?

UrbanWulf04 Jul 2014 10:32 a.m. PST

I'd also be interested in getting a load of these, and any smaller civilian vehicles you might make in the future!

Angel Barracks04 Jul 2014 11:19 a.m. PST

hmmmmm wanna sell the rights to make some of these?


Legion 406 Jul 2014 8:28 a.m. PST

Anytime Javelin … we must continue the spread of God's model and gaming scale 6mm ! evil grin

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2014 8:36 a.m. PST

Yikes… printing the set in Frosted Ultra Detail priced out at $125. USD Frosted Detail came in at $75. USD I wish we had some cheaper alternative to Shapeways.

Angel Barracks, if you want these, drop me a PM and we can figure something out!

Milites07 Jul 2014 2:17 p.m. PST

Nice set of design concepts, but would there be drivers in the future? The US Army have already said by 2024 few if any, transport vehicles should have human drivers and talking to a lorry driver recently, he guessed a similar timeframe (10-15 yrs) for commercial vehicles.

Minor quibble, the light arrays are not very streamlined on the first tractor unit.

UrbanWulf07 Jul 2014 3:10 p.m. PST

Well they could be like the cars in The Fifth Element, where most of the time people are content to let them go on autonomous mode, but in some situations manual control is needed, so the cockpits remain useable by human pilots.

SouthernPhantom08 Jul 2014 1:15 p.m. PST

Milites, you also need to remember unloading. For many, if not all, deliveries (food, fuel, building materials and the like), the driver is required to unload small goods.

Besides, the potential for hijacking and/or robbing an autonomous truck is concerning. Mostly the latter.

Gaz004508 Jul 2014 10:54 p.m. PST

I like the portrayal in lots of genres that invariably humans are a 'cheaper' option than tech………sometimes easier to maintain too!
If the vehicle is automated it may still run with a loader or 'handler'……..

MrAverage09 Jul 2014 8:22 a.m. PST

It always comes down to a guy swinging a hammer, as we say in the building business. People have been predicting the replacement of man by machine for centuries, but ultimately someone has to make the machine and keep it running. Buildings, too, for all their techiness in modern times, are still built by guys using the same tools as a century ago. I doubt we'll see auto trucks fully replacing driven vehicles any time soon except maybe on Mars or in nuclear wastelands.

Gaz004509 Jul 2014 11:28 a.m. PST

Probably Japanese first then…….:-)

Judge Doug17 Jul 2014 8:45 a.m. PST

Any movement on these being offered for sale?

stroezie18 Jul 2014 5:13 a.m. PST

+1 on hoping these make it into production.

tuscaloosa25 Sep 2014 6:50 p.m. PST

Nice vehicles. And how much fun it is, after painting gobs of WW2 tanks, to be able to be imaginative with futuristic commercial vehicle paint schemes.

"Nice set of design concepts, but would there be drivers in the future?"

Ah, maybe you've forgotten the Schenectady Expressway pile-up of 2022, in which the 400+ casualties among the passengers led to Congress passing the Driver Reintroduction Law of 2023, since which time drivers have been mandatory on interstate expressways…

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2014 4:12 p.m. PST

"…in which the 400+ casualties among registered voters led to Congress passing the Driver Reintroduction Law of 2023…"

Is this too jaded of me??

commanderroj01 Nov 2014 12:14 p.m. PST

Get those Hurricanes and Nightingales into production AB,they look great!

siggian06 Nov 2014 8:46 p.m. PST

commanderroj, better ask Michael in the Angel Barracks forum. He can't respond here because Bill completely overreacted to a post that Michael made in a completely different forum and Bill banned Michael from TMP.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2014 9:34 a.m. PST

Just an FYI, I sent the CAD file off last night to a prospective manufacturer, so we'll see if they can make these a reality!

Covert Walrus In the TMP Dawghouse21 Jul 2017 4:18 a.m. PST

Another question, Javelin: Have you considered doing anything more with the Vektor Multirole armored vehicle? I'd be looking at something very like it in 6mm for my own forces – Particularly the Engineering. Artillery, and Command variants in particular.

zircher21 Jul 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

Are the rigs and trailers interchangeable?

williamb23 Jul 2017 4:44 p.m. PST

Great looking vehicles. Definitely would buy them. Hope they are available soon.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2017 8:46 p.m. PST

@CW: Yeah, I'm going to be putting the Vektor up on Shapeways pretty soon. Stay tuned!

@zircher: Yes, the trailers are all interchangeable.

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