Destroyed 3D Tanker Model!

In our recent Explosive tutorial series, I used a paid 3D model for the tanker model that I could not share with the community… SO instead we built a BETTER high quality train that matches the actual scene from the training video that you can have for free!

There are 2 version, clean and destroyed for you pyrotechnic deviants. (Like myself!)

I wish I had this model in the first place! I would have been this excited!

PLUS… we set it up for Element 3D so people can play around with the model in After Effects! And it looks pretty darn good. The tanker has been separated pieces to use with the multi-object mode inside Element to displace the pieces around.

To install for Element 3D: Be sure to place in the My Models Folder:

Download Tanker Model — OBJ format with 3D Max file + 4K Textures!

Watch Explosive Tutorial Series


March 5th, 2013 @ 11:23 am
Thanks guys for this model :D
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:23 am
Excellent, Thank you!
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:24 am
Tanks a lot for a lot of tank!
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:25 am
OMG This looks amazing, Andrew! I'm just as excited as the train guy haha!
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:26 am
Thank you Andrew you guys rock
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:30 am
Crazy much Andrew Kramer
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:33 am
thank you for uploading this, very thoughtful.

March 5th, 2013 @ 11:38 am
Awesome, thank you Andrew!
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:44 am
Thank you doesn't even cut it!!!
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:46 am
Thank you, Andrew! Is there a plan to Action Essentals 3?
    March 5th, 2013 @ 9:25 pm
    Andrew's pretty much showed us how to make our explosions and stuff.. He's teaching us how to fish haha!
    March 5th, 2013 @ 11:24 pm
    I hope Action Essentials 3 will have FumeFXy explosions...
    and more FumeFX smokes, Because real smokes in Action Essentials 2 were unrealistic when you wanted to put them on the scene.
    March 6th, 2013 @ 4:36 pm
    What would be really useful is some large scale FumeFX smoke :D
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:47 am
That's very cool, Thank you
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:48 am
Thanks Andrew ! Keep it up !
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:56 am
Thanks, this is awesome!
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:56 am
I can not wait to get more model
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:58 am
Thanks so much and God bless you Andrew Kramer...
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:58 am
Thanks As Always Andrew
Ty Anderson
March 5th, 2013 @ 11:59 am
Man!! You guys just go above and beyond. Thanks for always being awesome
March 5th, 2013 @ 12:02 pm
Hey Can someone tell me what kind of GPU i would need to use (my rayfire is very slow) is it more about GPU or CPU. is Core i7 good for animation if so what kind of GPU's do i need and how can i tell equivalent GPU
March 5th, 2013 @ 12:06 pm
Awesome! Thank you Sir! I was hoping you and your team would release an Elements version of the model, and low and behold!! Thank you again!

For those visting the comment section, check out my youtube page for all kinds of cool shots produced using a lot of the techniques Andrew Kramer teaches us all here at Video CoPilot!

Subscribe and watch for more cool videos!

March 5th, 2013 @ 12:08 pm
many thanks for the 3D Model
March 5th, 2013 @ 12:09 pm
Whoohoo just when you thought it couldn't get any better!!
March 5th, 2013 @ 12:11 pm
andrew you freaking badass! love you for that!
agustin zammarrelli
March 5th, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
March 5th, 2013 @ 12:30 pm
wow!Thanks!but can you upload another models like you're jet model;
helicopter model;airplane model and cars model that was used in past tutorial's???please do something about this!
    March 5th, 2013 @ 12:34 pm
    We will be selling a pack for Aircrafts and Vehicles soon. Sorry they take a lot of work and won't be free. But less expensive than anywhere else.
    March 5th, 2013 @ 1:14 pm
    Of course! All of our packs moving forward include 3D max, FBX, C4D and OBJ with materials all ready to go!
    March 5th, 2013 @ 1:11 pm
    Andrew please consider also the c4d user with the pack
    March 6th, 2013 @ 9:57 am
    Great work all around Andrew! I have a special request for that Aircrafts and Vehicles package. how about a Lockheed Electra 21a, circa 1930's? a few of us still have a soft spot in our hearts for the "Lisbon Plane." :)
    March 7th, 2013 @ 1:07 am
    I said to my friends and family.... Just send my birthday presents (cash only) directly to Andrew Kramer at VideoCopilot. I'm sure he can suggest the right birthday present for me.
    March 7th, 2013 @ 11:59 am
    And I think it will be named "Future Model Pack" ;)
March 5th, 2013 @ 1:01 pm
Thank you very much Kramer.
March 5th, 2013 @ 1:24 pm
Amazing - is there any way to do the rigid body simulation with element instead of 3ds max?
March 5th, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
WOoooooo!!! :o Awesome! greetings from Chile
    March 5th, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
    ¿in the future there will be explosions element3D?

March 5th, 2013 @ 1:37 pm
Thank you Mr. Kramer!!!
March 5th, 2013 @ 1:38 pm
Thanks for another amazing free model! Excited to hear that a Aircrafts and Vehicles model is coming soon...
March 5th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm
Thanku So Much For the free 3d Model Andrew Kramer.
Can we use realflow Simulations in Element 3D.
    March 5th, 2013 @ 8:57 pm
    yes u can only u have to convert it into the obj seq. from 3d software u use
March 5th, 2013 @ 1:46 pm
"We will be selling a pack for Aircrafts and Vehicles soon."
Andrew, do you accept donations (=models) for the Aircrafts and Vehicles pack? If yes, then I might model some hardsurface models. (Or if you have any requests..?)
And no, there's no catch behind it ;)
March 5th, 2013 @ 1:49 pm
That's so generous of you guys!
BTW's can we have a date for the release of the Aircraft pack!?
March 5th, 2013 @ 1:49 pm
Dang you guys are way too kind. 4k Textures too! Thanks a ton!
March 5th, 2013 @ 2:48 pm
I think it'd be neat to have a train model pack for element where all the cars were the same size, so you could line them up using a grid on one group and make a train.
March 5th, 2013 @ 3:40 pm
Andrew, you're the Salvation Army in VFX(I meant it in a good way)!! this quality of model for free!? Dang!!
Ashley Hakker
March 5th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm
This tanker has no couplers. :P

Anyway, I look forward to the upcoming vehicle pack as well as giving you my money the moment it's released. :)
    March 5th, 2013 @ 3:58 pm
    That's why I take the bus!
March 5th, 2013 @ 4:18 pm
Wow...very nice model...what's the catch?? I'm not downloading's a trap!!
March 5th, 2013 @ 4:24 pm
Thank you Andrew! Looking forward to all we can learn from you.
March 5th, 2013 @ 4:25 pm
Thanks man...,u are the best,i always waiting your new tutorial. i hope much more new tutorial without your 3d plug in...
    March 5th, 2013 @ 3:34 pm
    I'm really curious..are you dumping on element because you don't own it?
March 5th, 2013 @ 4:36 pm
It's so awesome to be able to load a model into element and have it ready to go...looking forward to more packs
Logan Murdoch
March 5th, 2013 @ 5:05 pm
Amazing. Thank you Andrew. Look forward to purchasing the vehicle pack too. You rock bro.
Yair RAM
March 5th, 2013 @ 5:33 pm
andrew could create a tsunami with realflow 3d environment maxun palm beach knocking a disaster a great wave destroys everything
example: in spanish real tsunami
March 5th, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
OK, Now go back and watch the excited train movie again and imagine it's Nicholas Cage.

Thx for the model Andrew!!
March 5th, 2013 @ 6:55 pm
Andrew Kramer I can tell you if you ride the bus you will ride on mine for free but you will have to visit Halifax NS haha. Thanks for the model share. Looking forward to more of Video Copilot products.
March 5th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm
Just quickly - what settings in element3D would allow me to create multiple tanks in a row (Like it would appear on a train track. I've fiddled, but still can't get my head inside Element yet.
March 5th, 2013 @ 7:32 pm
fantastic Share!

i guess I will model the coupling links at each end of the car, that way I can join up a string of them
March 5th, 2013 @ 10:07 pm
very good Andrew you are great of the world I want like you very very
March 5th, 2013 @ 10:36 pm
Thanks Andrew, a high quality model for free, awesome!
just a little heads up
in the max file, the difusse material for the exploded tanker is set to:
"C:\users\stefan\various assets\train cart\difusse exploded.psd"
i'm a newbie in 3dsmax, but i found the way to change it to the png file that comes inside the zip file in the material editor, but maybe for other users it may not be easy to do that.

Anyways, greetings form Chile, and thank you again for the model.
March 5th, 2013 @ 10:46 pm
thanks dude for this model . i realy want it
March 6th, 2013 @ 12:14 am
Thank you andrew, without you I don't know what the hell would I do!
Oh and like this one can you give us some multi object debris models that include broken pipes and metal parts stuff like that because that could be very useful in Element 3D :D
and another thing.... Future Model Pack?
Mandy Lalley
March 6th, 2013 @ 12:35 am
Thanks very much - brilliant! :)
David Woochow
March 6th, 2013 @ 1:26 am
After being a game developer for some years, I now find myself in this industry, and just loving it! I started with books to learn AE, but you Mr Kramer...I have learned so much from your tutorials in a matter of a few weeks, and now put together some impressive work myself. Without the help of your site, I'd still be learning bezier handle tweaking in chapter 10!!

I knocked my own train up I was going to share, but you beat me to it! And what a model, and for free!! Awesome service to your community. Keep on doing what you're doing Andrew, it is very much appreciated. And an invaluable resource for people like me.

Thanks from the UK
March 6th, 2013 @ 1:29 am
Hi Andrew I Thing You Make A Aircrafts and Vehicles Pack So Please Make It Faster I Want Buy It So Make Faster And Thanks For This Free Model And Please Make Aircrafts and Vehicles Pack Please
Joseph Provencial
March 6th, 2013 @ 1:39 am
Thank You for the free tanker model and this excellent tutorial! Looking forward to the Aircraft and Vehicles Element 3d model pack to be released, Element 3d and all your model packs are #1 in quality and well worth the money!
March 6th, 2013 @ 2:28 am
Man, how do you know, my birthday was yesterday? ;-) What a nice present... okay, now I have to deal with the parking issue, but a tanker for free?!! Sick!

Honestly, there's no place like this place. VCP rules!!

And, Andrew, are you exited because of J.J is taking place on the directors chair for Star Wars.. let me count... 7?! Be honest, you are so glad you've developed Element 3D because of the nice text-fading-away-in-space-effekt you can realise with it, right?! ;-)
March 6th, 2013 @ 3:46 am
Is there a release date for the Aircrafts and Vehicles Pack? I'm looking for exactly this at the moment and have to buy some models. I would like to buy it from VC because of price and quality but I cannot wait too long.
March 6th, 2013 @ 3:50 am
Loving VC!!!!!
Waiting on the vehicle pack!

Thanx for the model!
Bilash Shahi
March 6th, 2013 @ 4:40 am
thank you sooo much sir.. :p
March 6th, 2013 @ 7:35 am
"TANK"-you so much sir! lol xD get it?
March 6th, 2013 @ 8:11 am
Thank you very much for spending the time to make this and share for free. You guys are the best.
March 6th, 2013 @ 9:10 am
You could have been as excited as this guy - Andrew :D
    March 6th, 2013 @ 11:32 pm
March 6th, 2013 @ 11:44 am
Thank you for a model! I have a question.I'm going to buy a new videocard EVGA 660ti,so i didn't found it on supported graphics card list for element 3d,so will it actually work or not?
March 6th, 2013 @ 11:49 am
Thanks, Andrew and VC Group for their valuable support and contribution.
Yair RAM
March 6th, 2013 @ 1:25 pm
andrew could create a tutorial on how to create a tsunami with real flow
March 6th, 2013 @ 1:39 pm
Amazing! Thanks :) Guys, check out my self-made UNIQUE ELEMENT 3d PACKS! :) They are free for
Michael Megison
March 6th, 2013 @ 1:50 pm
You deh man, meh sun!
March 6th, 2013 @ 2:14 pm
Thanks Andrew! You guys are great, and the freebies are always appreciated! Looking forward to the new vehicles pack. Totally Green Vehicles that can go all day and never use a drop of fuel. That's just how Video Copilot does things!
March 6th, 2013 @ 6:06 pm
Como crear secuencia de archivos OBJ en maya alguien puede ayudarme!!!!!
March 6th, 2013 @ 9:51 pm
After Effects 2D Tracking...learned here
    March 7th, 2013 @ 9:50 pm
    Nice man...very funny...good tracking :)
March 6th, 2013 @ 9:57 pm
Haha, don't know if I can use this in a wedding film or cooperate video but what the heck. You never know ;-) But absolutely fun to play around with the model.
    Warren Reed
    March 6th, 2013 @ 11:42 pm
    I vote you put it in a wedding video. I'm always trying to sneak explosions in wherever...
March 6th, 2013 @ 10:24 pm
One more thing! I tested out cinema 4d and riptide pro, and of course the obj sequence export/import! So this model is modeled and animated in C4D and textured in after effects using E3. It's the piranha plant from mario! kids still love mario, haha. Is mario getting old or am I.......
March 7th, 2013 @ 12:58 am
Haha, you're right! Could be a fun concept "the wedding action film!" ;-)
Stephen Emunah
March 7th, 2013 @ 1:04 am
Oh my God this should have come earlier
March 7th, 2013 @ 1:09 am
I was waiting in the youtube vid' more than 2 minutes of the explosion - but....?!! :D
March 7th, 2013 @ 4:05 am
I want to morph the good tanker to the damages tanker.

I first found that the two tankers are not exactly mapped to the same position when you place one in Group 1 and the other in Group two.

When imported they both show XY as 480, 210
I changed the damaged Tanker to XY: 484,210 and now the wheels and other unchanged elements are correctly aligned so only the damaged pieces are different.

I simply want to animate a morph as if an invisible hand has crushed the tanker.
When I change the Smoothness parameters of the Animation Engine, the first tanker shrinks away and the second tanker grows into place, not what I want.

What do I change so that the tankers can simply morph from one group to the other please?
I hope this makes sense?
    March 7th, 2013 @ 9:53 am
    Not currently supported and the models were not setup to morph.
    March 13th, 2013 @ 1:59 am
    thanks for the reply
    March 16th, 2013 @ 12:09 am
    You can apply the mesh warp effect to the tank in AE and animate it. Use 2 copy’s. 1 copy for just the tank, and the other for the base. Apply the effect to the tank layer and crush to your liking. Lastly, you can displace the particles and have it come apart under pressure, if you like. Hope this helps.
March 7th, 2013 @ 4:42 am
allah bless you Andrew
March 7th, 2013 @ 4:47 am
very helpful..Thanksss !!
Todd VanSlyck
March 7th, 2013 @ 8:54 am
I want you to know that I may never use this model, but I will forever be thankful for the link to the excited train guy on youtube
March 7th, 2013 @ 11:27 am
Thanks Andrew Kramer
March 7th, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

This might even be better than an HO set and a pack of m80's!
March 7th, 2013 @ 11:58 pm
You are by far the best trainer on the planet! Stay Rail OK?
March 8th, 2013 @ 3:58 am
Thanks Dear Andrew Kramer
March 8th, 2013 @ 5:58 am

Ryan with the best plugin for After Effects! :D Hope you like it Andrew! :)
    March 8th, 2013 @ 5:35 am
    I've also seen that episode! Good use of after effects and I think some Action essentials 2 ;-)
March 8th, 2013 @ 11:14 am
and again i need to say Andrew for President XD thanks Andrew

best regards Mark
March 8th, 2013 @ 1:15 pm
Awesome series, Andrew!
March 9th, 2013 @ 9:44 am
Did u use Maya. thanks
March 10th, 2013 @ 7:59 pm
Andrew... gr8 work. Now Please make Action Essentials 3... m starvng 4 it :)
March 11th, 2013 @ 1:25 pm
Andrew i want to use it the models and textures in blender with cycles render
someone know?
March 27th, 2013 @ 2:43 pm
I wish the people in Washington were as kind and fair as you and your company. Andrew Kramer for PRESIDENT!!!
March 28th, 2013 @ 3:38 pm
:) thank you very much now with this tanker and the new features in 3d element all i can say is sweet!!!
April 2nd, 2013 @ 1:08 am
This is so nice, just the thing I will need soon for my new film. So thank you :)
April 15th, 2013 @ 10:44 pm
April 27th, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
I am trying to load this model for a comp in Photoshop (yes, I know...). Problem is, it loads the texture on the tank but not on the wheels, railing, etc.. Any idea why?
April 29th, 2013 @ 8:37 pm
I am trying to load this model for a comp in Photoshop (yes, I know…). Problem is, it loads the texture on the tank but not on the wheels, railing, etc.. Any idea why?
    Alain Pilon
    May 1st, 2013 @ 3:39 am
    Wow! SPAM bot!
April 18th, 2014 @ 11:57 am
Zubair Rehman
June 28th, 2014 @ 1:34 am
When Exactly will be the Vehicles Models Pack Coming...????
Can't wait any More...
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