TANK UP (10)

By: Tony Leone
November 30, 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 Pershing was a late-war American tank designed to replace the Sherman. It was the first “heavy” tank produced by the United States and saw service in the final months of WW2 and through the Korean war, before being replaced by the Patton series of tanks. The model seen here depicts a Pershing during the Rhineland campaign circa February/March of 1945.

The Pershing typically had a canvas tarp affixed to the mantlet. The mantlet is usually cast metal, and mounts the gun to the turret. The tarp would protect the crew from the elements as the area around the mantlet wasn’t entirely weather sealed. I had to add one to this model, as the base kit doesn’t include one molded in styrene.

By chance, I found a mantlet with a molded-on canvas cover on ebay by a now-defunct manufacturer. However, the aftermarket mold would have put the gun at a low elevation. I think the makers were anticipating that modelers would feature the gun in the rear-facing travel lock — in the stowed position. But I wanted to show the gun facing forward, ready for action, so I needed to make some alterations to the elevation. I achieved this by cutting the molded piece with a razor saw and sanding the parts until I got a more pleasing, upward, angle to the gun mount. It took some work, but given the wrinkled nature of the canvas cover, the seam was easy to conceal and I got the angle on the gun I was looking for.

I used an epoxy sculpting material to create the stowed bedrolls on the rear deck. The commander is an aftermarket offering from one of my favorite figure makers, Alpine. The loader was a kit-provided figure; however, his head is from Alpine — because kit-provided figures too often feature soft face ad head details.

The base kit is yet another Tamiya offering. Tamiya makes very well-engineered model kits that go together without much effort, but that sometimes require aftermarket upgrades to achieve a finer look. Other updates to the model included metal aftermarket tracks, which lent a fair amount of weight to the model — it’s heavy!

This model is 4-5 years old now. Looking at it now, I might like to revisit the weathering and dirty it up a bit more — looks like it just became a shelf queen.


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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