One After Market item that has attracted my attention for AFVís after turned metal barrels and engine deck grills are the lenses and taillight set from SKP Model, this especially true when it comes to the large number of soft skinned vehicles that are being released onto the market lately. In this review I will be looking at a Lenses and Taillights for the BM-21 Grad from Trumpeter.
All of the Lenses and Taillights sets I have seen from SKP Model are packaged in the same way, this consists of a single photo etched fret packaged in a Ziploc plastic bag which is mounted on a card holder. On the card holder is a sticker containing the information on the product.
Right from the start I will say I am a fan of these products from SKP Model as they frequently offer not just the lenses, which I think are fantastically realistic, but they often also provide items such as photo etched windscreen wipers which is the case with this release. Another big plus of this set and the lenses and taillights generally is their affordability, all of the sets I believe are under £10 and should not be more than that even with postage factored in.
The lenses are all well placed on the photo etched elements of the product with great colour to the lenses where appropriate. I am always impressed at how SKP Model manages to achieve the clearly defined colour separation in a single piece lens. This set to my knowledge looks to replace every lens on the vehicle with accurate colour to the lenses and shape where the rear light cluster is concerned.
Another area where these products are very high scoring is the detail behind the lenses; this aspect of the sets combined with the clear coloured lenses adds an incredibly realistic finish. The only thing I would have liked to see supplied with this set are the wing mirrors as they are a difficult element to make look accurate with paint; however I suppose we canít expect everything on a plate.
Another great offering from SKP Model which will enhance your model quickly and easily, another very big plus is that this products makes the painting of the model an easier task due to the fact that they can be added after the main paint work is complete and before the weathering starts. The wiper arms are a plus that will further improve the finished look of your model.
Highs: A product that instantly provides the ability to have realistic and accurate lenses on your model.Lows: I would have liked to see the wing mirrors provided with this set being such a prominent feature of the model and a difficult feature to make look realistic.Verdict: A great addition for your model and one I highly recommend.
About Darren Baker (CMOT) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM
I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...