by: Darren Baker [ ]
SKP Models has added another gem to their range of lenses and taillights for, I believe, the T55 Enigma from Tamiya (even though the SKP Model website just states “for the T55 from Tamiya”). This set takes the total number of lenses and taillights available to 32 and I have yet to see a bad or poor offering in this range of products.
This latest set of lenses and taillights from SKP Model are packaged in typical form, which is a single photo etched fret supplied in a zip lock bag stapled to a card containing all the relevant information.
This set lenses and taillights consists of;
• 4 sizes of red/black lenses
• 1 half round clear lens
• 1 half round photo etched backing plate
• A photo etched ring for each of the two largest red/black lights
• 3 very small orange lenses
• 5 very small green lenses
This set is causing me some confusion as it is my belief that excluding the very small lights that are on the vehicle there are two on the front of the hull and two on top of the turret. The two on the hull account for the half clear lens (parts 2 and 3) and one of the red/black lenses (part 4 or 6). The lights on the turret use the lenses (1 and 5) and also the photo etched rings (7 and 8), it is my belief that the smaller of the two lights on the turret should be clear rather than red/black but that could depend on the tank in question.
Try as I may I cannot find any evidence of other lights on the T55 or the Enigma that would require the 3 remaining red/black lenses in the set, please don’t take that as a complaint as I like to have items like these on hand for other projects. The red/black lenses are a brilliant way of depicting infrared lights and I doubt any other method could match these, let alone beat them. The half round clear lens will also be impossible to match as the photo etched portion behind the clear lens has a pattern which adds that reflective pattern seen in most lights.
This is another great product from SKP Model that will improve the look of any T55 model with the minimal of effort and at a good price. The set I have does seem to be fractionally off in placement by about 0.5mm but once the photo etched ring is placed should be next to impossible to see. I have said it before and I will say it again; I do not believe these products can be matched except by a product of the same type and to my knowledge there are no other companies producing kit specific lenses.