US Periscopes for WWII Armor
Reviewed by Cookie Sewell
Many modelers get frustrated when they want to depict the periscopes and sights found on many US vehicles, as the parts provided in kits tend to be solid plastic if provided at all. Depending upon the modeler and skill level, the alternative is either paint or some sort of gloss coat, or drilling out the part and replacing it with plexiglass. However, detailing the latter is a pain, as styrene and plexiglass do not like adhering to each other, and using ACC glues can craze the plexiglass.
As a result, and following their German periscope sets, Fine Molds is now releasing US periscopes. The set consists of three identical sprues of five different parts that form a total of two different types of periscopes: No. 1 which is the standard US M6 semi-fixed viewer and hatch periscope; No. 2 which is the M10 gunner's periscopic sight; No. 3 and No. 4 which are cemented together for form the M6 driver's hatch periscope in the M4 Sherman; and No 5 which is not listed in the directions. The kit provides for three M4 periscopes, six regular M6 periscopes, and six M6 periscopes as installed in the M4 series tank bow hatches.
Overall, this will be one of those really nice touches for a great Sherman model, and by using care in painting and installation should give some life to the periscopes.
Thanks to Bill Miley of Chesapeake Model Designs (who is carrying these items) for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell AMPS
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