*AIRBRUSH OPINION* Iwata or Paasche

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*AIRBRUSH OPINION* Iwata or Paasche

  • Which brand do you guys recommend and why?

    I have a choice of getting either a

    HP-BCS Eclipse Airbrush or a

    Double Action Paasche.

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  • Personally I'm a Badger man, and heartily recommend the 100LG or 105 Patriot gravity feed brushes. If you must have a siphon feed, than the 150 or 155 Anthem are winners.

    If you only have to choose be Iwata and Paasche, than I would go with Iwata, but would go for the HP-CS Gravity feed. Otherwise the HP-BCS is a very good brush.

    So long folks!

  • Hello!  Well....my first response is neither!  I am a Badger user all the way.  I would start by asking you what are you airbrushing (scale models mainly I assume), and which scale (s) do you prefer.

    I have owned Paasche airbrushes, and did not like them.  I have not tried their new Talon, which is supposed to be a very good brush, but I was a happy man the day I sold my double action VL.

    Iwata ( I have 2 friends who own them) are very nice airbrushes, but tend to be a bit spendy, especially for most modelers.  If you MUST chose between the two, I would chose Paasche, and American company, but that's just me!

    Honestly, any good double action airbrush will only be as good as the person who uses it, cleans it, and maintains it.  Make sure to save enough for a good compressor setup.

    Good luck!

    Chris

    A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including my life."

  • If you can get a Paasche Talon, their latest airbrush, you have more options with tips/needles.

    It has three sizes available or you can get it in a kit that includes all three tips/needles and the fan cap.

    I have there Talon's and am very happy with their performance.

     

  • You've probably noticed that there any many varying opinions on the AB subject. It's kind of like asking "Who is the best guitarist"? To each, his own. I've not owned a Paasche (or a Badger for that matter) so I can't comment on them, but I have an Iwata HP-CS. It's been a great, durable tool for the last 8 years until I dropped it a broke the needle chuck. For $17 (including shipping) I'll be back in the saddle again. Based on my experience, you'll be happy with the Iwata.

  • i have a paasche talon and it runs just as good as the badgers and iwatas ive used and if you go to chicago airbrush supply you can get a whole package with the hose and everything for 83.95 i think. A good deal if you ask me

  • The Count

    Which brand do you guys recommend and why?

    I have a choice of getting either a

    HP-BCS Eclipse Airbrush or a

    Double Action Paasche.

    You did not mention which Paasche. The closest competition to the Iwata Eclipse HP-BCS is the Paasche Millennium. I do not have either one, but they seem to be very similar in design and in price. Both have a compression fit cone nozzle of 0.5 mm as standard. Therefore the decision will mainly be made on how each feels when you hold it in your hand, or the ready availability and price of replacement needle and nozzle. The parts themselves are both inexpensive, but the shipping may not if you cannot get them locally. For example, I can get the Iwata nozzle/needle both for $14 total with changes at Hobby Lobby.

    I think that the main difference between these are are the optional nozzle sizes. You can get a 0.35 mm nozzle for the Iwata, but it is 0.73 or 1.06 mm only for the Paasche. For modeling, the 0.35 mm nozzle is more useful. In fact, I consider the 0.35 mm nozzle to be the best all round size for modeling. The Paasche nozzles will be better for larger objects such as T-shirt, auto or body art etc.

    The nearest Badger with similar range of nozzles to the Paasche is the 3155 Hybrid. It does not have a 0.35 mm nozzle either. No matter what you pick, avoid airbrush with a double taper needle.

    Come back and let us know what you pick and how it works out for you.

  • keilau

     

    The Count:

     

    Which brand do you guys recommend and why?

    I have a choice of getting either a

    HP-BCS Eclipse Airbrush or a

    Double Action Paasche.

     

     

    You did not mention which Paasche. The closest competition to the Iwata Eclipse HP-BCS is the Paasche Millennium. I do not have either one, but they seem to be very similar in design and in price. Both have a compression fit cone nozzle of 0.5 mm as standard. Therefore the decision will mainly be made on how each feels when you hold it in your hand, or the ready availability and price of replacement needle and nozzle. The parts themselves are both inexpensive, but the shipping may not if you cannot get them locally. For example, I can get the Iwata nozzle/needle both for $14 total with changes at Hobby Lobby.

    I think that the main difference between these are are the optional nozzle sizes. You can get a 0.35 mm nozzle for the Iwata, but it is 0.73 or 1.06 mm only for the Paasche. For modeling, the 0.35 mm nozzle is more useful. In fact, I consider the 0.35 mm nozzle to be the best all round size for modeling. The Paasche nozzles will be better for larger objects such as T-shirt, auto or body art etc.

    The nearest Badger with similar range of nozzles to the Paasche is the 3155 Hybrid. It does not have a 0.35 mm nozzle either. No matter what you pick, avoid airbrush with a double taper needle.

    Come back and let us know what you pick and how it works out for you.

    keilau:

    FYI Paasche has several double action airbrushes, they are the V, VSR90, VL and the Millennium.  The V and the VSR90 have the same size tip/needle options of .25 and .66 mm.  The VL and Millennium can use the tip/needle combinations of .55,.73 and 1.07 mm. 

    Even though the VL .55 mm tip/needle seems large it can spray a very fine line.

    The Talon has needle/tip combinations of .25, .38. and .66mm. 

    The Badger Anthem has a needle/tip of .76mm and the Patriot has a needle/tip combination of .51mm.

  • tyamada

     

    keilau:

     

    The Count:

    Which brand do you guys recommend and why?

    I have a choice of getting either a

    HP-BCS Eclipse Airbrush or a

    Double Action Paasche.

     

    You did not mention which Paasche.

    Come back and let us know what you pick and how it works out for you.

     

    FYI Paasche has several double action airbrushes, they are the V, VSR90, VL and the Millennium.  The V and the VSR90 have the same size tip/needle options of .25 and .66 mm.  The VL and Millennium can use the tip/needle combinations of .55,.73 and 1.07 mm. 

    Even though the VL .55 mm tip/needle seems large it can spray a very fine line.

    The Talon has needle/tip combinations of .25, .38. and .66mm. 

    The Badger Anthem has a needle/tip of .76mm and the Patriot has a needle/tip combination of .51mm.

    Only The Count know which Paasche airbrush is he really interested in. The Paasche information are easily accessible on the Paasche web site.

    Your Badger needle/tip size information are correct. But potential buyers cannot find them at the Badger web site.

  • That's primarily because it doesn't actually mean that much as a specification. Having an airbrush with a small needle size doesn't mean the person using it can actually pull off the finest lines with it. Just like having a car with 600HP doesn't necessarily mean you'll win a road race. The average modeler will do just fine with the Anthem or Patriot.

    So long folks!

  • Bgrigg

    That's primarily because it doesn't actually mean that much as a specification. Having an airbrush with a small needle size doesn't mean the person using it can actually pull off the finest lines with it. Just like having a car with 600HP doesn't necessarily mean you'll win a road race. The average modeler will do just fine with the Anthem or Patriot.

    It would be better to let the car buyer decide whether he/she wants to know the horsepower of the car instead of telling him/her that "you don't need to know." It is the buyer who should decide how powerful an engine or how high a gas mileage he/she wants.

    Similarly, an airbrush seller should not try to tell the buyer that he would not need a small needle/nozzle size because he is incapable of doing fine works. The information should be there for the buyer to make an intelligent decision based on what he wants and how much to pay.

  • You mean like Rolls-Royce used to do with their "sufficient" horsepower?

    Badger is quite clear on the performance of their airbrushes, and put it into words most people can actually understand: Fine, Medium and Large, they also provide a list of expected line widths in real life terminology.

    You seem too focused on needle size, and not on the overall performance of the airbrush, especially when it comes to using one as a modeling tool. There are some great modelers who use quite rudimentary airbrushes. Quite a few use the venerable Paasche H external action siphon feed, and can paint intricate camo patterns rivaling anything a "high end" airbrush with it's fine taper and micro tip can do.

    So long folks!

  • The Count

    Which brand do you guys recommend and why?

    I have a choice of getting either a

    HP-BCS Eclipse Airbrush or a

    Double Action Paasche.

    I don't have any opinions about the items mentioned here, but while making the choise you might want to consider issues like ease of cleaning and maintenance. A lot of people will tell you that

    No airbrush is better than the person who uses it,

     which is true. However, keep in mind that

    A poorly maintained airbrush might prevent its user from reaching his potential.

    DoC

  • You're not kidding, Bill!!! I've seen some major aibrushing magic done by a master using a no-name $15 airbrush that most people would dismiss as junk. My AB costs 10 times more, but the results are 10 times less!! But I'm learning!!

    In my opinion when looking for an airbrush, there are a few major boxes to check: Affordablity, Performance/Needle Size, Gravity/Siphon Feed, Cleanability, Replacement Parts Availability. This is my checklist, anyhow (in no particular order).

    I am always amused by the different camps on this website: Badger, Iwata, Other (H&S, Grex), etc. I can only surmise that they all are good in one respect or another, or else people would not endorse them so vigorously. In the end the "best" airbrush is the one you are happy you bought.

  • Bgrigg

    You mean like Rolls-Royce used to do with their "sufficient" horsepower?

    Badger is quite clear on the performance of their airbrushes, and put it into words most people can actually understand: Fine, Medium and Large, they also provide a list of expected line widths in real life terminology.

    A Rolls-Royce salesman also told a customer that if he had to ask the gas mileage, he could not afford one.

    Anyway, there is NO industrial standard on needle/nozzle size terminology. When Iwata calls the 0.2, 0.35 and 0.5 mm nozzles fine, medium and large, Badger calls their 0.5, 0.76 and 1.06 mm nozzles fine, medium and large. It is confusing to say the least. I like every manufacturer to provide a actual diameter in number instead. That's my preference, but I suspect that most airbrush buyers will agree with me. Case closed.