By: Tony Leone
November 21, 2018

HILOBROW friend Tony Leone is not only an award-winning graphic designer, he’s an award-winning model tank builder, too. HILOBROW is pleased to present a series showcasing ten of his favorite builds.



The M4A3 Sherman was a mid- to late-war production designation of the now-famous Sherman tank. The M4A3s featured Ford V8 engines, while earlier Sherman variants had either radial or diesel engines.

I built this model as a kid; I’ve written about it for Project:Object’s FOSSILS series, here at HILOBROW. This classic Sherman kit, by the manufacturer Tamiya, was state-of-the-art in the 1980s, but by today’s standards it lacks detail.

A few years ago, to bring the detail up to contemporary standards, I updated the suspension with running gear left over from a kit by the manufacturer Tascas. The tracks provided in the kit are the old-school rubber band type, so I updated them with a set of tracks by the manufacturer Panda. These tracks are assembled in a similar way to those of real tank tracks — a lot of parts, but worth the effort in the end. I replaced the 75mm gun barrel with an aftermarket turned-metal barrel. Other details were updated with photo-etch parts from my spares bin.

The Tamiya 50-caliber machine gun is soft on detail, so I modeled it in the stowed position and covered it with a “tarp” made from a fine epoxy putty. Wartime photos show Shermans in the field festooned with crew stowage, so I used the same putty to create the tarps and tie-downs over the crew stowage on the rear deck. The crew stowages are made up of parts from my spares bin.

No figures on this guy, modeled it as “buttoned up” (the hatches are closed), but it’s a classic Sherman through and through.


CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: UNBORED CANON by Josh Glenn | CARPE PHALLUM by Patrick Cates | MS. K by Heather Kasunick | HERE BE MONSTERS by Mister Reusch | DOWNTOWNE by Bradley Peterson | #FX by Michael Lewy | PINNED PANELS by Zack Smith | TANK UP by Tony Leone | OUTBOUND TO MONTEVIDEO by Mimi Lipson | TAKING LIBERTIES by Douglas Wolk | STERANKOISMS by Douglas Wolk | MARVEL vs. MUSEUM by Douglas Wolk | NEVER BEGIN TO SING by Damon Krukowski | WTC WTF by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | THAT’S GREAT MARVEL by Douglas Wolk | LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE by Chris Spurgeon | IMAGINARY FRIENDS by Alexandra Molotkow | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | QUALITY JOE by Joe Alterio | CHICKEN LIT by Lisa Jane Persky | PINAKOTHEK by Luc Sante | ALL MY STARS by Joanne McNeil | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | NOT OF THIS EARTH by Michael Lewy | ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Colin Dickey | KEEPERS by Steph Burt | AMERICA OBSCURA by Andrew Hultkrans | HEATHCLIFF, FOR WHY? by Brandi Brown | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | BEDROOM AIRPORT by “Parson Edwards” | INTO THE VOID by Charlie Jane Anders | WE REABSORB & ENLIVEN by Matthew Battles | BRAINIAC by Joshua Glenn | COMICALLY VINTAGE by Comically Vintage | BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | MONSTOBER by Rick Pinchera | POP WITH A SHOTGUN by Devin McKinney | FEEDBACK by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern | BOOKFUTURISM by James Bridle | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | SCREEN TIME by Jacob Mikanowski | FALSE MACHINE by Patrick Stuart | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE (AGAIN) | ANOTHER 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | UNBORED MANIFESTO by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen | H IS FOR HOBO by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FRIDAY by guest curators


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