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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2012 - 12:24 PM UTC
The fulfillment of a thirty year dream to build a tank that only ever existed in legend... G.I. Combat comic's The Haunted Tank comes to back life before your eyes, cannibalized from dead tank parts - just like the original Jigsaw Tank!!
Rei Villamil tells the story.

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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2012 - 12:36 PM UTC
I watched this build over at FSM and was really taken it by it. I do remember the magazine but never followed it.

I think it's very convincing!

~ Jeff
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Tennessee, United States
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2012 - 02:31 PM UTC

Super job! Thanks for the memories. I grew up with the Haunted Tank, et al. I recall it being damaged by the Fw 190 (remember when its starter was bad and they salvaged one from a Fw 190 they just shot down?) but don't recall the M-26, returning to the Stuart, etc. Guess I lost interest about then.

Great work and I really appreciate this effort!
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2012 - 02:53 PM UTC
Very nice model and article Rei, very creative project.
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 11:55 AM UTC
Thanks for the kind words guys

Now get over to your attics and dig for those old comic books!!


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Wyoming, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 02:32 PM UTC
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,
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 04:04 PM UTC
This is really cool!
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 06:30 PM UTC
this is a realy cool build,thanks for shareing.
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012 - 07:24 PM UTC
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?

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New York, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 - 02:09 PM UTC
Excellent work... Rei! Look's great! Bring's back a lot of great memories.

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Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 10:16 AM UTC
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!

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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:48 PM UTC
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


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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:03 AM UTC
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.
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:37 AM UTC
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...

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Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012 - 05:41 PM UTC
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.