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@ 1/24 Holt one-man tank
Posted by rockpaperscissor on Monday, December 15, 2014 4:02 PM

Greetings all. I thought I'd share a few photos of my all paper, self designed, Holt 1-man tank realized in @ 1/24 scale. There isn't too much information out there about this little parade tank - a Youtube video, a few black and white photos, and a wikipedia article. From what I've gleaned, it was used primarily as a Red Cross fund raising gimic during the WWI years. It was built almost entirely of wood (including the tracks), and was powered by a motorcycle engine. The "guns" were simple mock ups, made from pipe or possibly heavy cardboard tubes. It appears to have had at least two different liveries during it's life. One with the name Holt (Benjamin Holt) and the logo for the future Caterpillar Corporation prominently displayed. The other with US ARMY and the designation H.A. 36 painted on the gun sponsons. There were wild rumors spurred by a Popular Mechanics magazine cover that the H.A. 36 was a new weapon that was going to be built in mass numbers, and deployed to Europe to sweep the "hun" from the red fields of France.

I'm not sure of its exact dimensions, but comparing it with the people in the photos and video, I estimated that it was somewhere around 4 feet high, and about 6 feet long. It could be a little larger than that (people were smaller then). I used Photoshop to draw and color the parts. I managed to fit all the parts onto one piece of letter sized paper. For the guns, paper Q-tip shafts were sanded to shape with an emery board, and then covered with matching colored printer paper. All the little circular greebles around the track sides were laminated to .3mm cardboard and were cut out with a leather punch.

I was originally going to display it on a brick road section with a streetlight for a scale reference, but I got lazy and bored at the end and resorted to simple groundwork on a redwood textured paper base.

The first photo is "in process" and is included to provide  sense of scale.

 

 

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  • From: Central Cal
Posted by mhvink on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:37 PM

Very nicely done.  Will you be doing any companion pieces?  And will you be sharing the model for others to enjoy?

Mike

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:39 AM

Hey, very nice!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:43 AM

Hey wow, that's awesome!

I have to resist getting into paper models when I've got a massive stash of plastic ones, but they seem so cool!

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, January 31, 2015 6:27 PM

I've not done a paper model before, but that really looks cool. Where do you guys find these things?

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by rockpaperscissor on Sunday, February 01, 2015 12:46 PM

Thanks for your interest and comments, fellas. This Holt one-man tank is my own design, but there is an explosion of new free card model armor kits out there. Did I mention that they are free. I'll include a few links at the end of this post. The scale (1/50) is a bit odd for plastic modelers, but you can't beat the price (free). All you need is an inkjet printer, some cardstock (110 lb is recommended), and some clear coat to spray on the printed sheet before beginning to build, and you're good to go. I would guesstimate that the total cost to the hobbyist in materials is less than a dollar per kit.

Here are links to free 1/50 armor kits - at least a hundred in all. Poke around. Click on a picture, most will open a page with either the model, or a larger picture of the model with a download link below it.

vk.com/album-44399115_166606618

http://worldoftanks.ru/ru/media/10/

http://vk.com/photos-53733134#/album-53733134_201381877

http://vk.com/photos-53733134

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  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, February 02, 2015 6:46 PM

Awesome! Thank you!

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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    August, 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, March 05, 2015 11:00 AM

Okay !

   Now would you please send it to me ? I am to lazy to build it LOL.LOL. Very " Cute " little example of a War Bond and Red Cross fund raising vehicle. Nice designing too ! There was one that was in parades in Buffalo N.Y. during WW - 2 and KOREA that I saw .It was about the size of a one - ton truck .The turret swiveled and the gun went bang ! and expelled smoke  too !

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