I am pretty new to the cake decorating world. My expertise pretty much stops at baking and frosting a cake. The other day my sister was discussing my nephew's upcoming birthday party in October. He decided that he wanted a fire truck theme (he has a serious love the color red). I mentioned that I may be able to help out making a cake. In my head I am thinking a simple two tier cake. It has now grown into a 3D fire engine. Which to me to even be done even remotely correctly involves the proper scale and simple details that makes a fire truck a fire truck. I'm starting to think that I may have bitten off more than I can chew but I a determine that with practice everything can come together.
I just want advice on if I am going in the right direction with my thought process.
-The cake seems simple enough to build with a rectangular cake pan
-I want to try my hand at make a dalmatian puppy and fireman...I thinking modelling chocolate would work better than gum paste
-For the intricate details...gum paste
Am I in the right direction or lost in the woods somewhere?!? Any help would be appreciated.