Ingvar Sylegård looks at AFV Clubs laser coating stickers
Ingvar is back, with a small review of the AFV Club sticker set for depicting the anti laser coating used on modern afvs. He also gives us a sneak peek on his Stryker model with Black Dog interior.
I have for a very long time looked for different ways to depict modern anti laser coating used on visual blocks. It seems AFV CLUB have solved this issue through the set AC 35011. This set really looks like the real deal. You only need to make sure that the surface you stick onto is completely flat, and I mean really flat like plan glass. If you look carefully you will find that most vision blocks provided in kits do have radie or sink marks. This will easily be solved by applying the stickers to Evergreens thinnest (0.13 mm) clear styrene sheets. You will then need to cut using the sticker as a template and glue it in place using white glue. This will also give you the opportunity to fine adjust the position of the sticker. I did not do this improvement on the pictures but you will be able to see what it does. I took a series of photos (pic ..01 – ..07), turning the model around without changing the light source or camera position. You can see how the color reflection is changing with the angle. In my opinion in looks spot on.
I also provide a couple of pictures of this WIP of an M1126 (the AFV CLUB offer) (pic ..10-..15) spiced up with the full interior set from Black Dog, the latter really needed some TLC to fit inside the hull. Some part where replaced by home made alternatives. On the outside I scratched some wiring and of course also the antislip. The wood parts of the tools is actually made of wood, more specifically coffe stirrers which have very fine graining. These where sanded to shape, polished and rubbed with brown oil color and the wiped clean. Yes, it the new magic mag-lock tools that need no strapping to keep them in place . No really, straps will come later.