by: Seb Viale [ ]
Modern vehicles have periscopes for vision purposes, but due to harsh conditions on the modern battlefield and in order to give protection to the crew, these lenses are coated with a special film. These protective layers are coated within the glass and on top of it. The final appearance of the film is typical for liquid crystal pigments. The color change with the viewing angle is a smooth transition which is normally gold to red. These special coatings are applied on the glass in order to give extra protection to the crew's eyes from a strong laser beam.
AFV Club has just released the most awaited item for the modern vehicle modeler. A rapid and simple solution to depict the anti laser coating found on the modern vehicles' periscopes.
In order to tackle this particular feature, modelers have come up with different solutions: using Kodak film, party confetti, etc...
Also, paints have been tried by playing around with the transparent proprieties of the AFV periscopes by varying the amount and type of paint used.
Alcad paint also have a special product in their range. But usually, the final appearance of these techniques are unconvincing.
AFV Club's solution is rather simple, it is sticker. You pull it off the backing paper and stick it on the periscope... and Voila!
The optical effect is pretty convincing and the color change is similar to the 1:1 product. The color is blue with a 90 degree viewing angle and the color sequence is as follows while reducing the viewing angle: orange, red, gold and finally blue. This color change is better rendered in the video as still photos just don't do it justice.
The kit contains enough stickers to decorate 5 ICV Strykers. You can also decorate the RV version as well as the MGS. It is designed for the AFV Club line, but you can use it for all kind of Strykers as well as other modern vehicles.
Highs: Outstanding optical appearance, easy to use and can be used in other vehicles as well as the Stryker.
Verdict: Must have.
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