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Input for choosing an airbrush

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Input for choosing an airbrush
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 7:16 AM
I need some input to help decide which double action airbrush to purchase. I was going to buy the new metal aztek brush, but I'm hearing alot of negative things about aztek airbrushes. Any suggestions or recommendations on what to buy?
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Posted by eaglecentral on Monday, May 12, 2003 12:06 PM
I don't want to be the guy to chase you away from the Aztek, but I've had an Aztek 470 for about two years now and have never been comfortable with it. I don't like the feel of the trigger, never seems to do what I want it to do. I usually end up going back to my Badger 150 or Paasche H. If I was buying a new double action, I'd probably get one of the new Badger's, the Anthem for example. Its relatively inexpensive, I've always been happy with Badger products, and they've made cleaning easier.

Happy Hunting.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 12:28 PM
There's a few tried and true models that have served many modellers for many years: Paasche VL, Badger 150 and 155, Iwata, and Thayer and Chandler. I'd recommend going with one of those.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 12:34 PM
I dont have any experience with airbrushes but I do have a combo kit on its way from Its a Professional Heavy Duty Dual-Action Airbrush and 1/8HP Aircompressor. Both are made by Central Pneumatics and goes for pretty fairly cheap. Just shop around for good deals, start off with cheap airbrushes so you can have something to practice with then move up. Just seems to be the best advice right now. Sometimes cheaper things really works as well as the pricer ones.....
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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, May 12, 2003 4:15 PM
I have a Badger Crescendo 175, which I absolutly love.

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  • From: Sunny Florida
Posted by renarts on Monday, May 12, 2003 7:14 PM
Had my Aztek for years. Use it for just about everything. If you can get over the psycological aspect that its lighter and made of a plastic compound then it really isn't so bad. I get some nice control out of it and great detail. They do offer a metal bodied model which seems to feel better for some.
Tom is right, it does take some getting used to the trigger. But I don't mind. Maybe because I use mine so much I've gotten used to it and have become familiar with the little nuances of it. I've used several types of airbrushes from cheap to obscenely expensive. Each has its selling points and detractions. My advice would be to go to a large art supply store and ask to try out different models. If not check with the local IPMS chapter and see if those guys can help you out. I'm sure they use a variety of brushes.

Mike "Imagination is the dye that colors our lives" Marcus Aurellius A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 5:07 PM
I can't complain about the Badger 150, three needles and nozzles included and two paint cups. It has done every task I have wanted for about 5 years without a hicup, minus of course operator error. I highly recommend it. Good luck.
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  • From: Portugal
Posted by lito.sf on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 8:42 PM
I just bought an Iwata eclipse bs, and i´m starting to learn my way with her, so far i´m astonished with the results it´s like the nba... Faaaanntastic!
Forgot to tel you that i dont have a lot of experience either, just starting to discover the wonders of airbrushing !
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 10:35 AM
Sounds like good replies to me...I have used Paashe airbrushes for years with very good results and a minimum of maintenance. The Paashe is also easy to clean...something that becomes important when you are shooting multiple colors. In the end, everyone has their own preference based on their



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