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Empty cans for the cab of your truck

I’ve been working on a Ford C-600 truck that will ultimately be part of an urban diorama. The cab interior is littered with all sorts of junk, including what are supposed to be scale aluminum cans. These faux cans are .100" styrene rod, wrapped with printed paper labels.  

The trouble is, the labels look like printed paper, not printed aluminum.  

Faithful reader and T&T workshop friend Bill Gill spotted this deficiency right away when in-progress pictures of the truck was posted on the Scale Auto Truck/Commercial Vehicle Forum, and offered these constructive comments that we all can use:

Tip: Here’s an idea for empty cans for the cab of your truck or for a future project: 

There are a number of products wrapped in metalized Mylar, including candies, chips, ice-cream bars, chocolates, etc. I’ve seen some in shades of green, gold and blue that look a lot like the colors of aluminum cans.

Instead of trying to print labels directly on the foil (which would be tricky and likely create a halftone dot problem) you could locate or make decals to apply directly to the foil before forming the “cans” around the rod. 

With some creative placement, generic decals could look convincing, even in close-up photos.

Bill Gill
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