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1/35 Academy M60A2
chrisb760
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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2020 - 05:49 AM UTC
In the instructions for the above model it gives you a colour clear blue for the periscopes but they are solid plastic as with the body of the tank.
How do I do justice to the periscopes with regards painting.
There is one piece of acetate for the star light.
Anyone help please. Thank you
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2020 - 06:08 AM UTC
The M60A2 had thick, clear glass that had a green tint. To represent this, I use Testors Model Master Clear Green. First I paint the optic black, then two coats of the clear green, then two coats of clear gloss. This gives it the depth and the look of thick glass.

I use a similar technique for newer, laser-coated optics as well, but I use clear red. This gives it depth and it changes colors from different angles, just like the real thing.
chrisb760
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Posted: Friday, January 03, 2020 - 04:50 AM UTC
Hi Gino thanks for advice not sure if I'm getting this right.
Where the lenses are supposed to be it's been left plastic. I did think paint silver then the clear green over the silver??
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, January 03, 2020 - 05:34 AM UTC
You are correct. Where the lenses are is just solid plastic. I find the silver undercoat to be too light with the green. That is why I start with black.
chrisb760
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Posted: Friday, January 03, 2020 - 07:51 AM UTC
Ok great I will take your advice thanks
Chris