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New AFV Painting System Sets
Vallejo’s NATO Armour Colors, US Vietnam Olive Drab and German Camouflage 1943/1944 Painting sets
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by: Todd Michalak [ TRM5150 ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction

Adding to the ever growing family of all-inclusive paint sets, Acrylicos Vallejo releases three new sets paint; one to the AFV Painting Systems and two to the Camouflage Colors line paints.

Review

These sets are all-inclusive collections of paint geared to particular subject making it very easy for the modeler to create color schemes, quickly and simply. The AFV Painting System sets are comprised of a primer, half-tones of color to build the depth of the scheme being painting as well as providing a clear satin finish sealer. The Camouflage sets provide a base color and half-tone of the same color to help bring out a true representation of the colors focused on in the sets.

“Airbrush colors for graded highlights, shadows and volumes.
AFV Painting System. Consists in the application of a series of base colors in half and quarter tones, in a gradual change from one shade to another. These effects of light and shadow, contrast and volume, will give the scale model an authentic and realistic appearance.”~ Acrylicos Vallejo
NATO Armour Colors – Art. 78.413
AFV Camouflage Colors
Contents
  • Primer NATO Green
  • NATO Light
  • NATO Brown
  • Burnt Umber
  • NATO Black
  • Dark Grey Blue

The NATO Armor Colors is an all-inclusive AFV Camouflage Colors paint set. This set contains 6 x 8ml bottles of Vallejo’s Model Air paint that can be used to create the three tone NATO camouflage scheme. The two colors for each of the three color tones in this set allow for the slight tonal shifting or fading that happens naturally with weathered paint.

US Vietnam Olive Drab – Art. 78.412
AFV Painting Systems
Contents
  • US Olive Drab
  • Olive Drab
  • Bright
  • Sand
  • Russian Green
  • Camouflage Pale Brown

This AFV Painting System, presented in collaboration with Joaquín García Gázquez, consists in the application of a series of base colors in half and quarter tones, in a gradual change from one shade to another. These effects of light and shadow, contrast and volume, will give the scale model an authentic and realistic appearance. See also our Weathering Set for Green Vehicles (Ref.78.406).

German Camouflage 1943/1944
AFV Camouflage Colors
Contents
  • Dunkelgelb
  • Light
  • Olivgrun
  • Camouflage Light Green
  • Rotbraun
  • Burnt Umber

The German Camouflage 1943/1944 set is part of the AFV Camouflage Color series of paint sets from Vallejo. This set contains 6 x 8ml bottles of Vallejo’s Model Air paint that can be used to create the three tone German camouflage scheme as seen in WWII during the 1943 to 1944 time period. There are two colors that aid in making up each of the three colors in the scheme. This allows for proper shifting of tones that is seen naturally with weathered paint.

Conclusion

I have had the chance to use many of the AFV Painting System sets, Camouflage sets as well as the Weathering sets provided by Vallejo and have found these to be an extremely viable source in obtaining a high quality, multi-tonal finish to my projects. The sets are simple to use with the step-by-step painting guide provided on the back. The inclusion of primer, paint and clear sealer provided in the AFV Painting System sets is a big win for me. Everything I need to do a job is right there every time.

The 8ml bottles are much smaller than the traditional 17ml bottles sold through the Model Air line of paints; however, there is more than enough paint provided to adequately paint an average of 4 to 5 1/35th scale models due to the painting process and through the use of thin, evenly covered coats.

The pricing on these sets is typically between $12 US and $17 US. The fact that these sets are like one-stop shopping when it comes to painting a particular subject only adds to the value!

Highly recommended!!
SUMMARY
Highs: All-inclusive, value priced, exceptional color range
Lows: None found at this time
Verdict: I feel these painting sets are a great source of quality, simple to use products at a great value to the modeller! Recommended
Percentage Rating
98%
  Scale: N/A
  Suggested Retail: $12 - $17 US
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 14, 2014
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 95.50%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.47%

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About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)
FROM: MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...

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Comments

In the mass maze of paints out there, and hanging out at the Vallejo table talking to Mr. Vallejo himself as well as Scratchmod, I decided to pick up a couple of these sets at the IPMS Convention, I am eager to try them out
AUG 14, 2014 - 09:36 AM
Hello John, Glad to here you will be giving them a try my friend! I think we met indirectly at the show as well...I was "the other one" working the tables with Rob! Remember light coats built up and the coverage will be fantastic! Their Russian and Dunkelgrau sets are my favorite by far but all these sets are excellent! Enjoy! Drop me a line if you have any questions!!
AUG 14, 2014 - 09:53 AM
Yes it was, funny I knew the name but not the face, you guys put in some heavy hours at those tables - it was great, now I know for the next one. - John
AUG 14, 2014 - 09:57 AM
LOL...they were some long hours! If fact we never made it in to see any of those beautiful entries!! We might be adding some mandatory breaks to let us walk around for a couple minutes!! Great time though! Looking forward to the next show in Danbury, CT...ArmorCon!! If you make it up, we will see you there!!
AUG 14, 2014 - 10:04 AM
   

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