If you follow my projects that I post you saw me restore my own vintage Tonka Mighty Dump truck from start to finish. If you didn't catch that video and post you can CILCK HERE and see it all. This project focuses on making a vintage inspired box that replicates loosely what the original packaing would have been like. The truck in these pictures is another truck I restored to give as a gift. I wanted to make this gift extra special and make a custom box inspired by the original packaging. Below are pictures of the progress and loosely how I built it. I didn't really have a concrete plan when I started other than some reference photos from a GREAT site all about Tonka toys.
As far as how I did made it, I started with a plain white box that was quite large. I set the truck down and measured around it for the rough size I wanted. Next I folded the bottom front where the labeling mighty dump would eventually go. I used my industrial glue gun (3M Polygun AE) and industrial grade glue sticks. To make folds easier I scored with a utility knife the first laer of cardboard. After satisfied with the look of the bottom I worked on the sides, measuriing for the height and the folding them up and in on themselves for a double wall look and finished front edge. After I was happy with the sides I worked on the back and top which are one piece with 3 folds. The front triangle pannel I eyeballed until it looked right and then folded about an 1 inch over on itself along the edge to create a smooth finished edge.
To hold the truck in I started with a flat base and created cardboard hooks that hold the axles front and rear.
Painting and graphics were done simply with stick on letters to mask the white and then masking tape to mask the red after the brown had been sprayed. I may detail around the triangle in white (which I could have masked eariler but didn't know if I wanted to at the time) I added for that custom touch some arrows that point out the "features" of the toy. Vintage toys sometimes had these little identifiers.
Well there you have it! My take on the retro box for a Tonka Mighty Dump truck. Making the box was almost as fun as restoring the truck!
Opening the present on Christmas day!
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