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M1A1 Vision Block Color
Posted by laskdjn on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:27 PM

How does one obtain that strange coloration of tank vision blocks.  They're kinda red from one angle but turn green from another.

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Posted by Snibs on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:53 PM

Clear red over black looks godd or just gloss black is good as well (mine is the Academy 1/35)

Easy to re do if you dont like it at least. Don't remeber seeing green on any photos but not sure how you would get both.

Mick.

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Posted by laskdjn on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:05 PM

Snibs

Clear red over black looks godd or just gloss black is good as well (mine is the Academy 1/35)

Easy to re do if you dont like it at least. Don't remeber seeing green on any photos but not sure how you would get both.

Mick.

 

 

You can kinda see it here.

http://data4.primeportal.net/tanks/jeff_derosa/m1a1_details/images/m1a1_details_368_of_435.jpg

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Posted by Phil_H on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 10:40 PM

Gunze makes a range of color shifting paint, called "Mazora", one of which shifts between magenta/red and green but these are pretty expensive. Lucky Model lists them at $20+ (USD).

I've done clear red over dark metallic grey/gunmetal and it looks fine to me.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:39 AM

There are filters in those instruments known as interference filters.  These things reflect different colors at different angles.  So virtually any color is legit.  The effect should be a mostly black with just a hint of some color.  It should be the same color across the aperture, so dry brushing does not work.  You can either mix up your own tint from clear and a color, or just use one of those commercial tint colors.  The aperture should look very high gloss.  You can use any color because each color reflects from a different angle and you cannot see which angle the brightest spot in the scene is when normally displaying your model.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:41 PM

I could swear that Echelon, or a company like that made some little sticker type items, pre cut, that were exactly for that purpose. They had the reflectiveness and color changing properties of the real anti laser coating. I have also read on here of folks using Mylar confetti from party supply stores for the same purpose, and costing a good deal less...

 

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Posted by Snibs on Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:58 PM

laskdjn

 

 
Snibs

Clear red over black looks godd or just gloss black is good as well (mine is the Academy 1/35)

Easy to re do if you dont like it at least. Don't remeber seeing green on any photos but not sure how you would get both.

Mick.

 

 

 

 

You can kinda see it here.

http://data4.primeportal.net/tanks/jeff_derosa/m1a1_details/images/m1a1_details_368_of_435.jpg

 

The green is looking from the inside in that photo, don't think Iv'e seen green from the outside, I did mine black on the M1A1 and most photos of the aslav are red so mine are red on the aslav but this photo has both colours,

http://www.military-today.com/apc/aslav_pc.htm

as Don said it's the angle you look at them.

Mick.

 

My airbrush and modeling page.

Two cheap spray booths compared, the BD-512 and HS-E420DC

On The Bench.

German V2.

F/A-18A. 

P51D

 

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Posted by laskdjn on Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:13 PM

Yeah, I don't remember that coating on the AAVs I worked on.  I guess I'll just do the transparent red over gunmetal.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, May 11, 2018 7:14 PM

I knew I had seen them... AFV Club makes them...

 

 

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Posted by laskdjn on Friday, May 11, 2018 11:52 PM

Well, too late now, I painted my vision blocks tonight, but definitely next tank

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:29 AM

laskdjn

Well, too late now, I painted my vision blocks tonight, but definitely next tank

 

You can never have too many M1s.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:46 AM

stikpusher

 

 
laskdjn

Well, too late now, I painted my vision blocks tonight, but definitely next tank

 

 

 

You can never have too many M1s.

 

Never owned one. but I did own a replica M14 that was my favorite rifle ever.

It really went "boom".

When I was at the range it attracted the envy crowd.

I had a drafting table neighbor who was a Marine from the same era as our father's. He brought in his range book one time.

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Posted by laskdjn on Saturday, May 12, 2018 11:13 AM

GMorrison

 

Never owned one. but I did own a replica M14 that was my favorite rifle ever.

 

It really went "boom".

When I was at the range it attracted the envy crowd.

I had a drafting table neighbor who was a Marine from the same era as our father's. He brought in his range book one time.

 

:

 

My next rifle is gonna be an M14.  

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:09 PM

GMorrison

 

 
stikpusher

 

 
laskdjn

Well, too late now, I painted my vision blocks tonight, but definitely next tank

 

 

 

You can never have too many M1s.

 

 

 

Never owned one. but I did own a replica M14 that was my favorite rifle ever.

 

It really went "boom".

When I was at the range it attracted the envy crowd.

I had a drafting table neighbor who was a Marine from the same era as our father's. He brought in his range book one time.

 

I was referring to M1 Abrams....

But I am also a big fan of the M1 Carbine, M1 Garand, and Springfield M1A rifles. I own one each of the first two, and hope that one day I will add one of the latter to my collection. All are great to shoot. And no, you can never have too many of them either.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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