The job proved to be two weeks of pure fun and no sleep, driving a fifty-ton tank through fire and smoke, but without anyone actually trying to kill me. I fell in love with the filming business, so I began enlarging and tailoring my own collection of combat film vehicles to fit the needs of movie and television production.
The result is Toyland Combat Vehicles, a company which I could not have been more suited to run. I was born in an army hospital. My father was a career officer serving in both World War II and Korea, so I grew up on a dozen different military bases in the U.S. and Europe. Two weeks out of high school I joined the Arkansas National Guard and served as an artillery officer. Five years later I transferred to the Texas National Guard where I served as a tank platoon leader and later worked with two civilian OPFOR (opposing forces) groups in training exercises against both reserve and regular army units.
Nowadays, I enjoy sharing my vehicles with the film industry, as well as lending my historical and experiential knowledge to projects.
I fell in love with the filming business so I began enlarging and tailoring my own vehicle collection to fit the needs of movie and television production.
~ Tom Townsend