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G.I. Combat’s THE HAUNTED TANK

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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 WEATHERING
The 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.

CONCLUSION
This 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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About the Author

About Rei (muttley)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I started building armor and aircraft models when I was 9. The passion for the hobby was on and off depending on my other interests in life - like serving in the military, working overseas, getting married and all that stuff. I decided to go back and polish on my building skills once again, probabl...


Comments

I was glad to see this. I have been a Haunted Tank (G.I. Combat) fan since my early youth!! I always really enjoyed reading about Jeb and the boys!! I have entertained the thoughts of scratch-building a project like yours myself for years but have just never done so. Now thanks to you I have a renewed enthusiasm to do so!! Thank you, Randy
AUG 04, 2012 - 02:32 PM
This is really cool!
AUG 04, 2012 - 04:04 PM
this is a realy cool build,thanks for shareing.
AUG 04, 2012 - 06:30 PM
very unique project - well done ! really brings back some memories for me in the 70`s as a kid in Calgary, walking over to the 7-11 to get the comic GI Combat and Sgt Rock. I can also vaguely remember some story about a german tank crew that were disfigured from burns? anyone else remember what that was? cheers Mark
AUG 05, 2012 - 07:24 PM
Excellent work... Rei! Look's great! Bring's back a lot of great memories. David
AUG 08, 2012 - 02:09 PM
Rei, I grew up in the west end of Toronto (Etobicoke) during the 1960s, so The Haunted Tank I fondly recall --- it was 12 cents then --- was the old M-3 Stuart light tank (which neatly tied together the name of the tank commander and its ghostly Confederate cavalry patron). As an eager reader back then, it took plenty of disbelief to accept the miraculous bottom-of-the-hull-as-it-comes-over-the-hill shots by which the little tank regularly blew Tigers (and, occasionally, Messerschmidts) to kingdom-come, but I was an optimistic kid, as most kids are by nature. I agree with the preceding comments --- you've done a heckuva job reproducing the comic's "replacement" tank --- part-Pershing, part-Comet, all ugly. I'm glad I'd been distracted by girls before the "new, improved" version (with its idiotically oversized machine gun position) came along. A job well done. My only regret? I don't think Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos -- that ghastly comic named as the result of a bet between Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and his publisher that he could create a success even with that dreadful a title --- ever featured a tank. Oh, well ... there's always Sgt. Rock!
AUG 09, 2012 - 10:16 AM
Thanks guys Fred, I believe this is the Haunted Tank you grew up with I actually built it after I did this Jigsaw, more of it at this campaign link LINK
AUG 10, 2012 - 01:48 PM
Jeff Stringer: this Haunted tank is a different build than the one being chronicled over on FSM. FYI Both are neat interpretations of the comic book version, though.
AUG 11, 2012 - 01:03 AM
Thanks, Rei. That's a beautiful model of the little Stuart. Speaking of mysterious Stuarts, Season 5 of the Twilight Zone TV series had an episode titled "The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms" in which the crew of one such tank --- a national guard unit on military manoeuvers near the site of the last stand of Custer and the 7th Cavalry 88 years after the battle --- find themselves transported back in time to the battle itself, in which they dismounted to join the ranks of Custer's doomed command. Rod Serling himself wrote the episode. Why he had the crew leave their tank, I'll never know...
AUG 12, 2012 - 10:37 AM
I loved the story and the model,but I remembered in one of the issues' letter pages they (editors) said the turret was a Panther turret,with a T-34 hull and 76.2 mm main gun,and a 20 mm gun in the glacis plate.The M-24 Chaffee did not enter service until the last year of the war,so a Chaffee turret would not be "authentic" for the period in the war the story portrays.
SEP 03, 2012 - 05:41 PM