by: Keith Forsyth [ ]
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Over the past few years, multiple manufactures have produced to varying degrees moulded lenses to replace the kit parts. These have been available in various sizes, but little-cars.com have taken them a step further by producing them in various colours as well. I have included a 1p coin in the pictures to hopefully show the true size of each lens, as well as an example of them in use on my M915a1 truck and trailer.
The lenses come packaged in a small zip lock bag, with the actual lenses attached to a small card which indicates the size. They are available in nine different sizes ranging from 1mm to 5mm in 0.5mm steps. Each pack contains 8 lenses in the chosen size, and the price is the same for each individual pack at £2.50 each or five packs for £10. When compared to similar products by other manufactures, I feel that this is a real good price.
The lenses are currently available in all sizes in the following colours:Clear, Red, Dark Yellow, Dark Green, Light Green, Dark Orange and Blue. I picked up some sets of Clear, Red and Dark Orange which I feel are possibly going to be the more popular ones.
All the lenses have a silver backing to them, which is more apparent in the clear sets, as it acts like a reflective backing bringing the lens to life. It is a lot harder to see this backing in the coloured lenses, certainly in the Reds and Oranges I have even in the large sizes. I don't feel this takes anything away from the coloured ones, but it does add something to the clear sets.
The lenses are stuck to the backing card with what looks like double sided tape, the lenses are easily peeled off the backing with a good blade in the craft knife. I should point out that the lenses do not have a sticky back to them, but do seem to pick up some of the adhesive from the tape, so I would recommend that you use a small amount of PVA glue to secure them to the model.
Having used other makes of lenses previously, I found the quality of these to be as good, with a varied range of sizes that will suit most scales. I certainly cannot argue at the price, along with a range of colours (with more colours to be added in the future according to their web site) to suit most applications. They are available through mail order from little-cars.com, or can be picked up in person from the shows in the UK that they attend.