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UK Bronze Green
AFV Painting System UK Bronze Green
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by: Russ Amott [ RUSSAMOTTO ]


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Introduction

One of the most popular methods of obtaining variation in color and depth in the surface paint layer on a model kit is to use a range of colors to provide shadows and highlights. Vallejo has provided a simple paint system in one single box to allow every modeler the ability to create this effect in a specific color pattern. Intended for air brushing, on a very small scale model or a figure, the paints can be hand brushed.

Contents

The Bronze Green painting system includes 6 8ml bottles of color: #601 grey primer, #018 camouflage black green, #250 bronze green, #252 1st light, #225 light green, and #522 satin varnish. The paints are placed in a small plastic tray. While not very big they provide enough paint to complete more than one model kit.

Review

Step by steps instructions are provided on the back of the box. The Tamiya 1/35 scale Cromwell tank is used in the instructions as the demonstration subject.
  • Step one is to coat the kit in primer
  • Step 2 is the first color, black green, applied around profiles and details
  • Step 3 is bronze green added to the center of panels and upper parts of the model
  • Step 4 is 1st light, a lighter green, that is added to the most exposed areas of the surface, providing a lightened appearance to the paint surface
  • Step 5 is light green, placed on specific areas to increase the lightened paint effect or call out specific details
  • Step 6 is a coat of satin varnish

Seeing how easy it looked in the instructions, I gave it a go. Having a Tamiya Cromwell on hand, I began the paint application process. An important note here is to make sure to have a clean kit, wash it gently in soapy water to remove any release agent or oils on the surface of the plastic or the paint won't adhere and may bead up.

I did as the instructions show, starting with the primer coat. My experience with Vallejo primer is that it goes on easily and with no issues. This time it went on "splotchy". I don't know what happened as I did not do anything different. I cleaned it up and used the primer I already had on hand, which went on much better. The application of each following color was effortless. All sprayed very smoothly. I used a Badger 150 at about 10psi. The paints were applied straight from the bottle. I did allow for a full day of curing time between coats. While my photos don't show it very well, the contrast between paint coats is really quite distinct and gives a very nice look of depth and variation.
Black green over the panel lines, edges and details, and also on the lower hull sides. Bronze green applied to the center of each panel area, and on the road wheels. 1st highlight applied to details, raised areas and lightly in the middle of panels, and on the wheel hubs and drive sprocket rims all came off effortlessly. I tested the light green, #225, on the hatch handles. It is too bright for my taste (I am not a fan of adding these bright highlights as they seem too strong, but others do prefer the contrast they provide-to each their own) but the color would do well representing paint on a worn or scratched area as part of the weathering sequence. Last was the satin primer, which went on easily but did leave a slight frosting effect in some areas. As I have not used Vallejo clear varnish before I attribute that to user error.
conclusion

In all, I am very happy with this product. It is easy to use, doing just what the instructions say will give you nearly identical results, and there is enough paint in the small bottles to complete a couple of kits at least.

The list price appears to be about $13.99 but in shopping around I have seen it as low as $9.99 US, with shipping costs putting it at about $15.00. Prices vary so shop around.
SUMMARY
Highs: Easy to apply and get the color variation shown on the box instructions. Enough paint to do at least a couple of kits.
Lows: The primer and varnish coats didn't go on very well, but that may be user error.
Verdict: This is a good, simple and inexpensive paint system that works quite well.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 78.407
  Suggested Retail: $13.99
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 26, 2014
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.47%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.47%

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About Russ Amott (russamotto)
FROM: UTAH, UNITED STATES

I got back into the hobby a few years back, and wanted to find ways to improve, which is how I found this site. Since joining Armorama I have improved tremendously by learning from others here, and have actually finished a couple of kits. I model to relax and have fun, but always look to improve. ...

Copyright 2018 text by Russ Amott [ RUSSAMOTTO ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Darren, thanks for getting this up, and sorry again for the quality of the photos. The set was really easy to use and the contrast in tones is very clear but looks nice and not overdone.
FEB 26, 2014 - 09:42 AM
The only problem is these are Post war colours - why the hell can't they do a single colour of SCC15?
FEB 26, 2014 - 12:24 PM
Now, that's an answer i'd welcome as well....
FEB 26, 2014 - 09:14 PM
Having painted (by both brush and sprayer) real Bronze Green on real vehicles from Land Rovers to AFV's I can honestly say that if the pictures on the box are accurate (they are on sale in my store) depictions of the content then it is waay off base! Keith.
FEB 27, 2014 - 12:33 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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