By: Tony Leone
November 22, 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 Firefly was a British-modified version of America’s Sherman tank. The British crammed their powerful 17pdr gun into the Sherman’s too-small turret by mounting the radio in a box welded to the back of the turret. (The 17pdrs needed the turret room to compensate for the recoil of the gun.) The name Firefly came from the gun’s bright flash when it was fired.

The kit shown here is the Tasca Sherman VC Firefly with cast cheek-armour. I’m a sucker for tanks with large numbers on the turret, so I opted for tank number 37 of the 144th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps, 33rd Armored Brigade — a dusty Firefly from the June/July battles in Normandy.

The distinctive stowage box on the rear deck was scratch-built using plastic sheet. The tarps and stowage were sculpted with kneadatite. A few items from an old Verlinden stowage set were incorporated as well.

Painting was completed with Tamiya paints for basecoat airbrushing, Vallejo and Testors Model Master for details, Winsor & Newton and Holbein artist oils for weathering, and Mig pigments for added dust effects. Dirt and mud textures were created with acrylic granular medium.

The figure was created using an altered version of the kit-supplied body, with arms from an old Tamiya tank commander figure, and an Ultra-cast head. The British-style courier gloves were custom-sculpted with kneadatite. They’re hard to see, as the figure is nestled in the commander’s hatch, but they make for a nice, very British detail.


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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