The Rum-Runner - Oldtimer Pickup Truck Paper Model


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Sep 18, 2007
Sao Paulo-Brazil

This model draft was created in Sketchup, just the basic lines, which was then "disassembled" in Pepakura Designer and then properly worked on, receiving textures, tabs and small corrections in MsPaint.

During the Prohibition era in the United States (1920-1933), when the production, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages were prohibited, illegal transportation of alcohol often involved creative and covert methods.

The vehicles used to transport illegal drinks across the U.S. border were commonly referred to as "rum-runners" or "bootleggers."


Link: The Rum-Runner - Oldtimer Pickup Truck Paper Model - by Papermau
Thats a amazing looking pick up. And a good historical lesson. Thank you for making the template.
I have already seen it on your blog. This is gorgeous! Thank you very much for sharing! :)
That pick up is absolutely gorgeous!! :)
Nice model, and thanks for the plans. My grandfather was rumored to be a bootlegger in south Mississippi into the early 50's. Alcohol was still illegal in many counties in Mississippi until the early 2000s.
Thanks much for sharing this!

When i was investigating a cold case, an ol' timer who's been around during the days of Prohibition shared that you knew the rum-runners by their car height...Bootleggers would increase the spring tensions, raising their cars higher, to compensate for the weight of the bootleg that they would later load into the vehicle during a rum-run! When they were not hauling the heavy loads, they sat high as they ran around in normal use!
I could see that truck with the top lowered and the body channelled. ;)
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When the borders between European states were still controlled smuggling cigarettes and alcohol was pretty common. However, in the rural regions around my hometown they even transferred food and especially potatoes from Germany to the Netherlands and vice versa. There were secret passages across the woods which later became well-known walking routes. Some of them are still known under their old nicknames like the "Vredener Footpättken" ("Small Road to Vreden") or the "Kartoffel-Weg" ("Potato alley"). The smugglers used bikes with hollowed out frames and boots with their soles mounted on backwards. :)