By: Tony Leone
November 27, 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 Matilda was an early-WW2 British tank, extremely well-armored for the period. The Matilda saw service in Europe, but earned its reputation in the North African campaign. It was impervious to many German anti-tank guns of the time and earned the moniker “the queen of the desert.”

Here we see Tamiya’s Matilda MK III/IV built as “Defiance” from 4RTR (Royal Tank Regiment), North Africa. I received this kit as a Secret Santa gift from a good pal a couple of years ago.

Built primarily out of the box, the only additions were various scratch-built details added to the turret — searchlight handles and lens, smoke discharger wires, antenna mount details and wiring, and various tie-downs. I didn’t include the external fuel drum that comes with the kit, as my research determined that the fuel drums only appeared on later variants. Defiance would have had a rack containing a series of water bins (called a flimsy) hanging off the rear deck instead.

I considered an after-market purchase for the water bins, but opted instead to maintain the momentum on the my progress. It’s all too easy for a model to stall out completely, due to some detail hangup. When this happens and a model ends up sitting on a shelf half-finished, it becomes what’s know by modelers as a “shelfqueen.” I’m always balancing possible aftermarket add-ons with the potential for a stalled build.

These days I try to give myself one major challenge or goal per model — this one was the dazzling Caunter camo scheme. With a little research and some crafty masking, the painting task went more smoothly than I had anticipated — it just took a lot of tape! As a designer and type nerd by trade, I quite like the contrast of the huge bold condensed number four against the lines of the Caunter scheme.

The figures are from the kit, although the heads have been replaced with those from an Ultracast set I picked up on a whim several years ago. The heads are little large for the bodies, but there’s something about the quirky exaggeration that I find charming.


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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