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German Red Oxide
AFV Painting System: German Red Oxide Oxid Rot
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by: Todd Michalak [ TRM5150 ]


I am back again with yet another look at one of Vallejo’s new paint sets that are a part of their AFV Painting System Series; German Red Oxide (Oxid Rot). As with most of the AFV Series set, there is six 8 ml/0.27 fl.oz. bottles of paint put together to allow the modeler to paint a theme on a model start to finish.


  • 601 Imprimación Gris (Grey Primer)
  • 039 Hull Red
  • 041 Rotbraun RAL8017
  • 253 1a Light
  • 105 Braun RLM26
  • 522 – Satin Varnish


German Red Oxide was a thick dark red primer coat used on military vehicles during WWII. When the Red Oxide Primer coat was left exposed to the elements, the color would darken and fade depending on the conditions it was subjected to. The AFV Painting System: German Red Oxide (Oxide Rot) paint set allows color variation to show such darkening and fading of the paint on your model.

As part of the review, especially when it comes to paints, I like to be able to show the products in use. This give a good representation of what the products will work and look like and help to point out the finer points and any less than desirable results if any. I happen to have a model on the shelf that fits the bill for the oxide finish; Dragon’s Armor Pro VK.45.02(P)V in 1/72. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to review that kit and a link can be found at the end of this review. Not the best 1/72nd scale kit on the market for this subject but certainly worthy of a little paint to help it on its way. So, onto some painting!

On the back of the box there is printed the step by step instructions that will help guide the modeler in painting the Red Oxide finish to their model. Starting with Vallejo’s Grey Primer, you are asked to lay down a primer base coat before painting your model. As to be expected, Vallejo’s Grey Primer sprays cleanly and leaves a nice smooth surface for the next stages.

All of the colors for this set are from the Vallejo Model Color Line of paints. The first color the instruction call for to be used is the 039 Hull Red. This deep red brown color is to be sprayed into the corners, panel lines and lower end of the model. These are areas that would typically be darker and this application acts as a pre-shade step.

The next step involves laying down a light coat of 041 Rotbraun RAL8017 slightly covering the darker first application and moving out into the open panel sections. There is no need to completely cover the panels at this time as the next steps will fill in the empty sections.

The third color, 253 1a Light is used to fill in most of those blank spots as well as lighten the horizontal panels to give the fading variation seen with weathering. This color can be applied somewhat randomly as you see fit or in a modulation effect to show direction and appearance of the source of light.

The final stage of paint in this set is 105 Braun RLM26. This is the lightest shade to be used and would be best applied to the horizontal panels and to highlight the prominent features that stand out on the piece. This color can be applied with the airbrush; however, pinpoint application can be done with a fine tipped paint brush to add variation on points of interest in the painting.

To finish everything off, this set comes with 522 Satin Varnish to seal the work you have done. Satin Varnish is an ideal sealer to be used prior to not only decal applications but an excellent base for subsequent weathering applications.


Well, I have said before and I will say it again, these all inclusive sets are great! Everything needed to obtain a realistic red oxide finish in in the AFV Painting System: German Red Oxide (Oxid Rot) set of paints. These sets are perfect for anyone but especially for those who are tired of mixing paints and/or buying several different jars of paints all in the effort to gain a multi-tonal finish to their paint job.

I realize color is a subjective viewpoint and these colors may not match exactly what some individuals would call a red oxide finish; however, they are real close. It is far easier to add a drop of white, black, orange or whatever color you choose to slightly tint the colors to a shade that will please most builders. The tones shift slightly in this set depending on the coverage of the darker first applications. I painted the 1/72 VK with a darker approach as I seen this as the unused experimental vehicle it was. If you ease back the darker shading, the lighter after coats will be brighter and appear to be more faded in nature.

I do feel that Vallejo could have added one complete shade lighter of a color, possibly to almost a red orange color or even red pink to offset the shading a bit more, but again, this can be obtained by a drop or two of any lighter acrylic colors to shift the tones.

All in all, the AFV Painting System: German Red Oxide (Oxid Rot) set is a solid buy at a great price from around $17.99. With a little searching, this set is available for a couple dollars less. The quality of the paints and the value of the AFV Painting System Sets is spot on!

Related reviews

Dragon’s Armor Pro VK.45.02(P)V Live links
Highs: A quality, all inclusive set of paints geared specifically for the painting of a Red Oxide finish at a reasonable price!
Lows: The set collectively is a dark tone red oxide range of colors but through selective application and possible one drop tinting the colors will work great.
Verdict: I feel this is a good buy for the quality of the Model Air Brand from Vallejo, the all-inclusive factor and the price…recommended!
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  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: Art. 78.411
  Suggested Retail: $17.99 US
  PUBLISHED: Dec 22, 2013

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About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)

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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Looking good! I have already said it several times, but I really like you using every tool/paint/airbrush review sample to the fullest. Well done! As for slightly darker red oxide colors, perhaps it is also because you work on braille scale model. Tones would seem lighter if it was 1/35 scale model. Mario
DEC 21, 2013 - 08:57 PM
Thanks again Mario! I think you are 100% on the braille to paint ratio. I am finding the braille to be the best to work with some of these paint reviews as they build quick and I can get to the SBS parts....but the size can be a bit deceiving some times I think!
DEC 22, 2013 - 12:50 AM
FWIW, I also agree with Mario about the Braille Scale examples being a bit deceptive with the scale lighting effect. (I thought this was really noticeable with the Afrika Korps paint set on the Micro Scale Pz IV.) However, it is very nice to see the paints reviewed on actual models and not just sterile paint swatches, and I can appreciate how long it would take to build a 1/35th scale kit for each review - Not a practical solution! The Braille Scale examples do illustrate the paints. Would you mind sharing some of the details of your painting, though. Did you airbrush the paints straight without any thinning and about what air pressure were you using? Nice reviews. Thanks!
DEC 22, 2013 - 03:28 AM
Hello Mike, Thank for the kind words and for taking the time to check out the review. I have a solution for the "scaling" issue and am working on getting this to the bench. I am making up two or three different turrets which I will have a friend cast in resin for the sole purpose of any future reviews...along with a couple object that are nondescript to aid things out. I can simply strip them afterwards and goo to go on another if they come up. As for the experience...I suppose there is always something I forget to actually mention as I move through the writing process. First off these are Model Air paints and do not require any thinning. They can be used straight out of the bottle. I typically spray around 15psi when spraying with the AB and I adjust thinning and/or pressure accordingly. With the smaller scale like this I will dial things back to about 10 to 12 and I get a bit more control...but overall, 15 psi is where it stays. All of the paint in this set, as most of the Model Air line, spray really nice...smooth and with little to no clogging. This usually happens if I over extend myself and never pull my finger off the trigger or the environmental conditions in the cave change. The primer shoots the same as their other primers...I turn the psi up a bit or thin the primer and things smooth out perfectly. The Satin and Mat Varnishes with the sets work the same as the primer...a drop of thinner does the trick usually.
DEC 22, 2013 - 10:44 AM
Thanks for the application information and details, Todd!
DEC 23, 2013 - 04:35 AM

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