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Armor/AFV: Allied - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Sherman Vision Blocks
210cav
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 08:45 AM UTC
Friends---I wish to repliate the glass vision blocks that surround the tank commander's station on my USMC Sherman by Italeri. Is there a color paint that comes close to looking realistic for this task?
thanks
DJ
Oberst
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 09:11 AM UTC
Well, German armoured glass had a green tinge to it in WW2 but I do not know about American.
If you used PE vision blocks, you could cover the openings with Micro crystal clear to make it look like glass...
Andrew

HeavyArty
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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 09:39 AM UTC
If you want to just replicate the exterior glass block, either black or a clear green over black with a heavy cote of gloss cote looks pretty good.
M4A1-M4A3
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2002 - 01:34 AM UTC
I ran into the same problem awhile back. I have tried many things, like those listed.
I now used a high gloss poly, I put it on after I have sealed the paint. It looks real good up close face on it appears to have that green -blue effect, but if you rotate the tanks it appears to be black. Just my 2 cents worth.
leogunner
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2002 - 02:10 AM UTC
Something else you can try if the hatches will be closed, is glueing pieces of old camera film negative. It gives a nice reflective surface and when the interior of a vehicle is dark you dont really notice the greenish tinge to the glass any way.
210cav
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2002 - 03:17 AM UTC
Gentlemen--as always, I am indebted to you for your advise.
thanks
DJ