Item No. AC 35013
MSRP: $ 9.50
All modern AFV’s have some kind of reflective coating on their periscopes and optics that depending on the angle viewed appear in different colors. In the past, it was very difficult to impossible to recreate this coating on a model. Modelers used different approaches from painting the lenses black to using various colors to applying transparent colors with bare metal foil backing. The biggest problem with these techniques is that it only shows the color it was painted no matter from which angle it was viewed.
AFV Club now comes to the rescue of the modern armor modeler with its line of Anti Reflection Lens Stickers.
What's in the Package
The stickers come with a map layout corresponding to the part lettering in Tamiya’s Leopard 2 kit. The instruction give one example on how to apply and with a note suggestion to paint the back of the clear part silver. To save time I used some of the stickers on an already built model of a Tamiya Leopard 2A5. I painted some of the lenses silver and some black to see what, if any, difference it would make. The stickers with a silver background give a more yellowish sheen while the black background gives more of a reddish color. While applying the stickers they appeared a little big. So I used some of the stickers on the clear parts of an unbuilt kit. The stickers are cut exactly to size of the clear parts and therefore have to be applied before assembly.
I have to say that these stickers really add to the final appearance of the model. As can be seen in the pictures, the lenses appear in different sheens depending on the way the light reflects. These stickers will make a nice addition to the Tamiya Leopard 2A5/A6 kits.
I would like to thank Saul Garcia for providing me with this review sample.