By: Tony Leone
November 23, 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 Chieftain was the British Army’s main battle tank from the 1960s through the late 1980s. It was the first tank to feature a reclined driver’s position, which radically lowered the silhouette of the tank.

Based in Paderborn, Germany, ‘Cambrai’ was the CO’s tank of the Headquarters Squadron, 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) c. 1979–1986. This particular tank was named for the Battle of Cambrai, for which the roots of the regiment — C battalion of the 1st Tank Brigade — took part. In popular history, the Battle of Cambrai (November 1917) is considered as the first large-scale use of tanks; however, it might be more accurately described as the first use of large-scale combined arms.

The BAOR (British Army on the Rhine) camo schemes are typically thick black bands over green. I was intrigued by Cambrai’s distinctive lobed camo pattern, as it was more organic in nature – reminiscent of the circular patterned British camo of WW2, often referred to as the “Mickey Mouse” pattern. I haven’t been able to uncover any articles online about the standardization of this camo, though I did find one image of a D company Chieftain of the 3rd RTR with a similar scheme.

Figures for Cold War-era British tankers (or tankies, as the Brits refer to them) are tough to come by from commercial figure makers, so I had to be creative. The figures shown here were created using a WW2 German Panzer Crew sold by the manufacture Dragon. I noticed that WW2 Panzer crewman wore similar jumpsuits to those of the Royal Tank Corps… so, with some careful sanding, altering of arm positions, and the addition of distinctive British name badges and a set of superb Hornet heads, I created a Chieftain commander and loader.

The kit featured here is the Takom Chieftain Mk5P. 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 dust and dirt effects. Decals are a small set of custom dry transfers that I created.


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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