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Tumbleweed Tank

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This submission is titled "Tumbleweed Tank" I built this diorama in 2007. The inspiration came from the cover of a 1930's era 'Popular Science" magazine. The tank was comprised of two finned sided that rotated around a spherical compartment that housed the driver and gunners. The premise of a round, rolling tank of course is a little absurd....I would hate to be in one on a steep grade. Articles like this one and the accompanying artwork are what makes the early Popular Science magazines so memorable. The model is scratch built using a plastic Christmas tree ornament and various bits of Evergreen styrene as seen in the accompanying photos. The figure is from Andrea "English Infantryman WW1"(S3-F13) cast in white metal. I had wanted to build a model based on the magazine cover but it really came to past when I found the Andrea figure....it was almost a perfect replica of the figure on the Popular Science cover.
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About the Author

About Charles Reading (CReading)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I live in the mountains north of Santa Cruz California. I have been building now since the early 1990's when I rediscovered modeling. Most of my kits are built with dioramas in mind. I took a "creative block" hiatis for a couple years - 2011 to 2013. I wasn't active in the modeling world. During tha...


Comments

Genius!
APR 02, 2013 - 06:29 PM
Well done!! I love to see imaginative alternate-history designs like this. Sort of a Steampunk esthetic.
APR 03, 2013 - 04:39 AM
Charles, I still enjoy this one the most of all your dio's.
APR 03, 2013 - 10:13 AM
Thanks again for all the comments. Hey Spades, how have you been? It's been a while. I was wondering if any of the old group was still around.
APR 04, 2013 - 03:17 AM
Hi Charles, yeah, its been too long huh ? Im still around, just havent posted as much as I used too. With my son in the Scouts and all the activities we do. Cant seem to find time for myself, lol. But im still building and joined the local club here in orange county, AMPS. We should get together when your in town.
APR 04, 2013 - 05:10 AM
Lou, I know the feeling. I dropped out for a couple years busy with other things on top of a major creative block! Hopefully back into it now!
APR 04, 2013 - 12:24 PM
Superb job, Charles. Very, very cool. Chris
APR 08, 2013 - 05:34 AM
WOW REALLY NICE WORK! I have been wanting to see more pictures of this thing for years. I seem to remember a model in FSM or GSM a few years back and was really excited by it, is this the same one? Cheers
APR 10, 2013 - 05:00 AM
Thank you Alex for the kind words. This model was in FSM in a IPMS Natl's wrap up article.
APR 10, 2013 - 11:39 AM
Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
APR 16, 2013 - 06:44 AM