1⁄35G.I. Combat’s THE HAUNTED TANK
The main gun is a King’s brand aluminum gun barrel for a DML Panther, with 1-inch wide painter’s tape simply wrapped around the middle (fig.35) until it was the right thickness; once coated with diluted putty (fig.36), we got us a 76.2mm gun with fume extractor! I used foil strips cut into size for the headlight guards (fig.37), some sheet styrene for those rear side skirts, and with that, the work on the upper hull is done! I was not happy with using the T34 steel wheels (fig.38-40) so I used my Panther kits wheels instead. I tried to do what Walt Simonson did on his model using buttons for wheels but I just couldn’t find any that closely matches the one in the drawing so I opted for a more realistic type. Now a final look at the assembly before painting (fig.41-46) and after airbrushing the model (fig.47) using dark olive lacquer based paint before applying the decals, tools and tracks. Toilet paper diluted in white glue was used as a rolled tarp on the left side of the tank and gauze bandage was used to simulate a rolled camouflage net on the right side.
PAINTING AND WEATHERINGThe model was oil washed with burnt umber and dry brushed with a lighter shade of olive drab. The steel part of the tracks were based painted with flat black and washed with rust pastels then dry brushed with silver. The rubber part was painted dark flat blue and dusted with Mig pigments. The Confederate Dixie flag was printed on photo paper that was carefully peeled off then glued together. I hand painted ‘THE HAUNTED TANK’ title on the left hull because Archer Transfers somehow failed to stick on the surface. The whole model was airbrushed with Future gloss then finished with Testors Flat spray.
CONCLUSIONThis is the best impression I can do for the Jigsaw Tank; personally I think it is a very ugly model and an equally ugly tank that rightfully exists only in the comics world. My regret and big mistake is that I cut the hull too short, rendering the crew hatches impossible to open unless the turret is rotated sideways, Jeb and his crew would’ve been very un-impressed with me! Overall though it was fun building it believe it or not, specially for a model that I have always wanted to make in the last 30 years!
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