This method is great if you have a rural setting in your back garden, but I have found using a picture as a background can work very well. I have used pictures from old calendars, but any appropriate picture will do.
You need to find an appropriate surface for the vehicle to park on and I have found fine "wet and dry" sandpaper makes a good road surface. You also need to make sure that the light falling on your model is coming from the same direction and angle as the sun in the picture.
Taking a picture from the height you would be against the full sized vehicle can also look a bit more convincing.
|This 1:43 scale Mercedes is photographed with a river setting. this is a Minichamps model so is quite detailed.|
|This Ferrari in 1:36 scale by Corgi is parked by one of NZ's southern lakes. These Corgi models were not that detailed as can be seen in this shot.|
|Another Corgi 1:36 scale is this Toyota Supra with rocky coastline. In this picture can be seen another problem to be careful of. That is reflection off the background picture.|
The master of photographing vehicle models has to be a guy by the name of Tim Ahlborn. I cannot include any of his photos here as they are protected, but take a look at his site at http://www.timstrucks.com/
Tim builds all his own models from kitsets and combinations thereof and as you will see from his photos he is also a superb model maker.