QUOTE(John Bigboote @ Mar 14 2009, 07:12 PM)
Vern- Your 'bogus' product package design is SO cool... when you were a kid were you a big fan of WACKY-PACKS?
I was a HUGE fan of Wacky Packs! I loved those things. I had stacks of 'em as a kid. Collected them like crazy. I wish I had saved them. I think that is where my "fake product" ideas originated.
As for the the 3 wheels on the truck... that is actually from a real world design:http://www.asia.ru/ProductInfo/1347408.html
They make going up steps easier. Yes they do look too modern so I plan to make the "Y" shape more ornate with filigree metal designs so it fits with the rest. The rubber wheels should be okay. The setting is "old meets new" sort of like "steampunk" but not exactly. I figure they use "old" stuff but update it. Put on rubber wheels. I think the "platform" area at the bottom is too modern as well (the concentric circles). I may make that a bit more fancy. After reading a recent post about Steampunk I realized that a part of that genre influences some of these ideas. Not overtly (except for my mechanical image contest entry of the steam powered computer). That sort of bizarre anachronistic mix of old and modern.
I went back to my old "Lost World" project which was starting to lean heavy towards steampunk (I didn't know what it was at the time of course) and have been adding stuff and finishing it up now that I have a fast computer. I put a pile of boxes of my "products" stacked in the "back" and realized I needed a hand truck in there to move these things. I did a search for "antique" hand trucks but they don't seem to exist in that form. The most I could find were great big wooden wheeled carts. If anyone can actually find photos of "Victorian era" hand trucks I would love to see it. They probably wouldn't be so fancy though.