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Aztek A 480 airbrush
Posted by sgtmick64 on Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:48 PM

I have looked at over 12 online stores that claim to sell the A480. They only sell the top of the line kit. I am looking for only the airbrush and wrench. I think the actual model No. is A480L. Can anyone help me out finding this package?

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:26 PM

Have tried Testors website? Aztek is their brand airbrush.

Another site you can try is: 

www.tcpglobal.com

They sell airbrush parts for the brand you have. 

 

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Posted by sgtmick64 on Friday, September 28, 2018 8:17 AM

They no longer carry Aztek.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, September 28, 2018 3:09 PM

Who longer carry Aztek? Testors or tcglobal?

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Posted by sgtmick64 on Friday, September 28, 2018 6:23 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour
tcglobal

Who longer carry Aztek? Testors or tcglobal?

 

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Posted by sgtmick64 on Friday, September 28, 2018 6:23 PM

tcglobal

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:02 AM

Hmmm... then this means Atzek is now obsolete. Looks like it’s time for a new airbrush in your future...

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Posted by sgtmick64 on Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:18 AM

It is still on Testors website. Amazon has it but it is the entire wooden box kit that I don't need. I e-mailed Testors 4 days ago but have received a reply. I have the A470 and all it's accessories.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, September 29, 2018 1:20 PM

I’d skip on an Aztek airbrush and head over to your local Hobby Lobby armed with a 40% coupon and get yourself a nice Iwata single action airbrush. At least it’s a much better upgrade to the Aztek brand. 

Or better yet, go to tcpglobal. They’ve got great prices on airbrushes. 

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  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by VA Spartan on Monday, October 01, 2018 8:56 PM

I have the 480 and it’s okay for general work but i haven’t mastered it for detail work with either enamels or acrylics and with switching out the various nozzles.  I have seen Spence Pollard use the Aztek to pretty good effect so I know it is possible but I am not sure I want to invest the time In trying to figure it out.  I am going to break eventually and get an Iwata eventually as I have never heard any bad press on their equipment.

On the workbench: 1/35 Takom T-54B; 1/35 Tamiya Char B1bis w/French Infantry; 1/48 Tamiya Fairey Swordfish Mk. 1

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, October 01, 2018 11:48 PM

I hesitate to say this out of consideration for your choice of an Aztek, but I can't recommend it. I had one, the whole wooden box deal, and was frustrated throughout the experience.

The main flaw IMO is that the quick change tip results in a unit where the spring that controls the paint flow action is actually in the paint flow path. Other air brushes have the spring on the back side of a seal of air and then paint intake.

That makes clogging happen sooner, cleaning harder to do. 

Look at Iwata, but also Badger. Badger makes a number of double action airr brushes that mostly vary by the location of the paint cup. I have a number of them, They are all double action, which means that by sort of toggling the valve you control both air supply and paint quantity. They are also gravity feed, which means that the paint cup is on top of the brush. That's kind of a constraint because you can't lay the brush down on it's side (make a stand) and the cup is small (mix the paint in a little paper cup and pour it in when the level in the brush cup gets low).

But the things have the mechanical complexity of a screwdriver, and changing the needle/ tip size is a matter of a minute or so.

Ditto the Iwata from what I understand- never owned one but would be happy to.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 8:47 AM

That was my point. Upgrade to a much better airbrush. If the OP is adamant on sticking with his Aztek, well... a leopard doesn't change it spots. Unless he come to realization parts are harder to come by and have to resort to buy a new airbrush.

I remember when the Aztek first came out and was looking for my first airbrush. Aztek reputation was a poor cheap airbrush. Thankfully, my first airbrush ended up a Paasche single action.

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Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:38 PM

I gave the Aztec line a try, had two of them. Not to insult those that do use them and have good results, when they operated at the best, I could manage just mediocre results. Perhaps my inability to sort them out and not the airbrushes fault, but my dissatisfaction led me elsewhere.

I first went to Paasche, found them to be OK, then to Badger, next to Iwata. My only issue with the Iwata is the fiddly little bits when cleaning and re-assembling, and the cost of repacement parts, (although none needed yet.)

My mainstay now is Badger, have several, but most used is the 100G, 200G and 100LG. Tough, reliable as a hammer, the easiest for cleaning and re-assembly. All of mine were well under $100, some as low as about $70. If needed, the cost of replacement parts is very inexpensive. Most any of the major brands will serve well, but considering function and cost, the Badger line does it for me.

My best painting results have been with the Badger's, overall completely satisfied. I think my main concern with the Aztec line was the nearly exclusive use of plastic. I sensed the function was decreasing with time and use, maybe due to parts swelling, caused by the thinners used for paint mixes. Just my guess.

Good luck with your hunt.

Patrick 

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Posted by CaddMann05 on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:28 AM

I have the Aztec A470, and I have mixed feelings about it, but then again I am not good at all on airbrushing to begin with. The instruction sheet says it was made back in 1992. I have just finished using it to paint a B-52 with very disaapointing results.

It being a dual action airbush, you would think it would be somewhat easy to use. Think again. I am going to try a couple or three more times, but with cheap acrylic paints so I can learn what I am doing wrong. I pretty much already know though, but I need the practice.

Airbrushing anyways is something one doesn't pick up on the first try. Practice, practice, practice.

My first airbrush was the Badger 200 Bottom feed, and I liked it. Maybe I will get one again, someday.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:59 AM

But, speaking from personal experience, that's the problem. Using a tool that's hard to get to work right just adds frustration. As soon as I switched to a Badger, I got a whole lot better at airbrushing.

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Posted by Strongeagle on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:28 AM

Ahoy sgtmick64.  I bought an aztek 470 twelve years ago, the one in the nice wooden box with all the accessories.  I tried it out for several weeks and couldn't get it to match the results of my Paasche VL so I put it on the shelf and went back to my Paasche.  I still use my VL, but I've also purchased several different airbrushes over the years, mostly Badgers, including their Patriot 105.

I was searching the internet the other day and came across this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iovWaWo80pE

After viewing it, I took my Aztek off the shelf and gave it another try.  Viola!  This time, after understanding how the little wheel in the back works, I got very good results.  I also liked the way I could clean it and change colors rapidly.

I've been using it quite a bit lately and am quite pleased with it, especially with acrylics which I've always had problems with.  My point is that you've got to learn how to use the equipment and, as Dirty Harry says, "A man's got to know his limitations" (applies to equipment too).

Back to the internet.  I found a new testor's aztek on ebay and bought it for $30.  They're out there to find if you're patient.

In addition to knowing the limitations, you've also got to practice, practice, and practice.

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Posted by sgtmick64 on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9:02 AM

Thanks

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Posted by mikeymize on Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:08 AM

Strongeagle

Ahoy sgtmick64.  I bought an aztek 470 twelve years ago, the one in the nice wooden box with all the accessories.  I tried it out for several weeks and couldn't get it to match the results of my Paasche VL so I put it on the shelf and went back to my Paasche.  I still use my VL, but I've also purchased several different airbrushes over the years, mostly Badgers, including their Patriot 105.

I was searching the internet the other day and came across this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iovWaWo80pE

After viewing it, I took my Aztek off the shelf and gave it another try.  Viola!  This time, after understanding how the little wheel in the back works, I got very good results.  I also liked the way I could clean it and change colors rapidly.

I've been using it quite a bit lately and am quite pleased with it, especially with acrylics which I've always had problems with.  My point is that you've got to learn how to use the equipment and, as Dirty Harry says, "A man's got to know his limitations" (applies to equipment too).

Back to the internet.  I found a new testor's aztek on ebay and bought it for $30.  They're out there to find if you're patient.

In addition to knowing the limitations, you've also got to practice, practice, and practice.

 

.   Just to add my (probably unwanted) take on this topic. I currently own and use both the Aztek A7778 and a Badger Patriot. I bought the Aztek after watching a video of Brett Green using one. While many of the crtiticisms leveled at Azteks may be valid; I've gotten good results from mine. It is different and certainly not for everyone but for my purposes it's been wonderful. I also still use my Badger and love it for its simplicity and robust nature. If my Aztek dies on me I will probably not buy another, rather I would more than likely go with Badger or Iwata simply because of many of the reasons cited in the previous posts.  To sum up: determine what are the most important features to you and buy what works for you. Happy modellingGeeked

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time".


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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, November 17, 2018 9:30 AM

GMorrison

But, speaking from personal experience, that's the problem. Using a tool that's hard to get to work right just adds frustration. As soon as I switched to a Badger, I got a whole lot better at airbrushing.

 

Yes 

 

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Posted by sgtmick64 on Sunday, November 18, 2018 3:31 PM

Thanks

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, November 26, 2018 6:47 AM

I realize the thread has kind of run it's course but wanted to say something. Seems to me the Badger Patriot 105 with medium nozzle and needle set is less costly than a 480 and a known good performer as well. It's $67 and change from Amazon, plus a Badger hose which is another $10 or so. Also available is the fine needle set as well as heavy needle set. Then as long as you mix your paints correctly, to a proper viscosity for air brushing, you have an airbrush you don't have to fight with..

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Posted by sgtmick64 on Monday, November 26, 2018 2:45 PM

Thanks

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