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The Transmit Model

I got an e-mail from Kenichi, our 3D icon master in Japan, the other day:

“I’m learning and trying a new lightings. HDRI map + system light sources. It’s great, but sometimes does not work for icon design.”

He sent along three images that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. You’ve probably never seen the Transmit truck from these angles!

Man, it really makes me want a Transmit truck toy…

Posted at 4:13 pm 33 Comments


Dimitri Bouniol

12/2/2011 4:22 PM

What does the back look like?

Wow!!!! I want it!

Eric Dobson

12/2/2011 4:42 PM

Come on… there’s gotta be enough interest to produce a limited edition die cast keychain or something…

What’d Kenichi use to make that? Max? Maya? Something else? It looks awesome & I’m with Eric Dobson … I’d totally buy a keychain or some cool wee desk ornament in the shape of the Panic truck. By the way, Coda keeps crashing, what do I do? Just kidding – my comment is totally being awesome. :)

that’s pretty cool. maybe you could bring it to life with one of those 3d printers.

now back to work on coda 2 please! ;)

Keychain or (in keeping with the country of origin) cell-phone strap!

Hear, hear! Get us a keychain!

why is that one rivet missing?


12/2/2011 5:21 PM

Can we get a .stl file of that and run it through a 3D printer, such as Shapeways? Or a limited edition vinyl like the Iconfactory twitter bird?

Christopher Beckwith

12/2/2011 5:34 PM

Beautiful. I’d love a matchbox size version for my desk. I also was curious on what software was used and why the side is missing one screw. I setup email notification for any Panic posts in hopes of knowing the second Coda 2.0 details are revealed. Have a great weekend guys!

Errol Sayre

12/2/2011 6:07 PM

A Transmit Truck toy is a must! Do it for Joby! You need a hot-wheels sized one and a tonka sized one and I’d buy both from the Panic store!

Eric Peacock

12/2/2011 10:47 PM

Chris: as I use it a lot for design work, I can’t help but think that those look like Cinema 4D renders. I recall hearing Kenichi use it, but can’t be sure. Either way those have that look.

Nice clean modeling there too.

Jesse Showalter

12/3/2011 12:28 AM

I have a toy cabinet that won’t be complete until I have one of these.

Zev Eisenberg

12/3/2011 5:43 AM

There’s another three for the ripoff express to have to keep track of. Honestly I don’t know why you guys publish stuff at all ;)

loving how it looks like modeling clay. Can we get a kickstart going for a toy version

David Perkins

12/3/2011 9:56 AM

I would definitely buy one of these if it was produced as a vinyl toy. I bought the Twitterrific ollie toy that The Iconfactory made… this is another awesome toy to add to my collection :) Please make it!

Rafael Rinaldi

12/3/2011 11:54 AM

Whoa! Really cool.

Who knew a FTP client could be so much fun? I would like to buy one for my desk please.

Art Delano

12/3/2011 6:40 PM

I’d like one that’s just big enough to haul a Utah teapot.

Man, now I want the truck to be doing a power slide stop. Every FTP transfer should evoke the Transporter.

Wow – that’s just awesome. A die cast version would be epic.

Brian Dusablon

12/5/2011 10:25 PM

Hell yeah, that’s sweet. I would definitely be in for a model, toy, or print.

Steve Adams

12/9/2011 9:55 AM

This is rad! The missing screw, though. Can’t not see it.

How about an order page on so we can print the 3D Models?

Just did this with pilot’s wings for an aviation concern and got great results. The thin flexible plastic took paint well.

the rear wheal is touching the cargo compartment. not good for bumpy road :D
back to the drawing board.

Eric: Cool, cheers. I thought maybe Max since my material-less models end up looking a lot like that (with the default key lights turned on). Thanks for replying. :)

What a truck! But, where is side mirror?

I really appreciate the Transmit icon, It’s such a great icon. I didn’t realise until seeing this blog post that it was designed as a 3D model, thought somebody has some amazing Illustrator skills. A Transmit truck USB drive would be cool, it could unload or load (Transmit) information into the back of the truck and stand nicely connected to my MacBook. It could even have moving wheels to drive in and out of the USB port. Ideas are flowing, couldn’t help myself.

K. Nilson

4/29/2012 5:54 PM

As someone who races my car, I find it absolutely 100% awesome that the Transmit truck is apparently sporting Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec tires. They’re the best all-around street/wet autocross and light track use tire for sports cars. Grippy as hell, but I’m not sure how they’d work on your truck!

There’s no side mirror because coders never look back. It’s always full speed ahead.

My question is: Why is there no Panic logo on the side? And why do I not have a tiny toy version of it on my desk yet?

Hi. Nice auto …

Panic, how can i activate Transmit downloaded from your site if have an connection problems with AppStore, iClouds and Apple ID?

Is it possible to get a copy of Transmit and manually input the serial number? Where can i get it if it real?

Thanks …