Truck: The Patriot 2009
Animated textures: No
Takes damage: No
Allow reflections: Yes
Allow truck reflections: No
Readme: Yes, with credits
jetmonkeyj has grown quite a reputation over the past year making highly detailed replicas of the trucks on the USHRA Monster Jam circuit. He has also made a couple of customs and two late 90s trucks (Bulldozer '98
and Monster Patrol '97
His latest entry is a superb replica of the newest "The Patriot" truck owned by Dan Radoni. I have only seen a picture of the back end of this truck, but it still shows how close this is to the real thing.
The paintjob is excellent, I hear jetmonkeyj does all his painting in Microsoft paint. When you first hear this it doesn't seem believable because of how "Paint" doesn't contain many tools that are usually vital for creating top notch paintjobs. I take JerOutlaw's word for it though. While the logos look like they have been taken from a picture of the real truck (if jetmonkeyj did everything himself please excuse me) he has clearly taken care to make sure everything looks fine from any angle. Everything seems spot on, the colors are attractive and didn't change on the tracks I tried the truck on (Crazy '98 and Atlanta 2009 fs1). The chassis, shocks and wheels look great too, plus the sponsor logos under the body are present for extra detail.
The truck handles well for drags and freestyles, but does lean a lot when it turns, so I advise against using it on circuits and rallies if you a using the keyboard or mouse to drive with.
It doesn't take damage however, I rolled the truck over a few times and crashed into stacks of cars and the body didn't crumple. There is only one scrape point visible.
Not good for realism, but of course this usually doesn't matter to most players.
Due to the angle of the shocks on the body's BIN file, the tops of the suspension on the axle sticks through the bottom of the shocks.
Another small flaw is the lights don't show, I have looked at the truck from different angles and they cannot be seen.
Moving off the bad sides now, the truck is well put together; the driveshaft and axle bars are perfectly aligned with the frame. Plus the angle of the body is accurate.
Overall this is a superb job from one of the best replica makers around at the moment, it will please Monster Jam, replica and high quality truck fans. The truck drives very nicely on circuits and rallies aslong as you know to powerslide properly, but it is still best for drags and freestyles. Well worth the download.