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airbush suggestion?
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 19, 2003 7:33 PM
i need suggestion on whats the best airbrush and compressor for a newbie like me. is tamiyas spray work airbush good? thnx!Evil [}:)]
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  • From: Denton, TX
Posted by gnsnow on Monday, January 20, 2003 1:32 AM
I've only used one so I'm not the definitive source, but . . . A Paasche VL (dual-action). But it's been a worhorse for me over the last 7 years. For me the dual-action took some getting used to but now it's completely intuitive - and now I'm incredibly glad I didn't get a single action brush.

I started with a cheap Sears compressor, but it was borrowed, and it didn't work very well - not enough pressure. I bought a small compressor from my hobby store and I hated it too (also not enough pressure), now I just use my big 5 gal., 3.5 hp compressor in my garage (regulated ofcourse) and it works really well, although sometimes I don't feel like going out in the cold, or making that much noise.

Whatever you get, practice on paper, t-shirts, whatever until you get the feel for it. Also, make sure you carefullly clean and maintain your brush.

"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who can attain it in nothing."
   - Eugène Delacroix

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  • From: United Kingdom / Belgium
Posted by djmodels1999 on Monday, January 20, 2003 2:27 AM
I've only used so far single and double action Badgers and the Aztec. I think the Aztec is a very good investment. Easy and practical to use. I use mine with a SimAir compressor.
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  • From: USA
Posted by weebles on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 12:20 AM
I have two airbrush's. Both are Paasche. I gave up on the double action because it's a pain to use and keep clean. The airbrush of choice for me is the Paasche H model. I've used this for at least 15 years now. I get quality, consistent results and it's easy to clean. All you need are q-tips and pipe cleaners. I believe there are at least three different tip options. It's also reasonably priced and easy to get parts for.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 12:36 AM
I can heartily endorse Tamiya products(not a shameless plug), I own a Tamiya airbrush, and I love it. If you want a Tamiya SprayWork, go for it. Just one tip....
Practice,practice,practice.

Mark
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  • From: NE Georgia
Posted by Keyworth on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 9:55 PM
I have single and double action Aztek airbrushes, but I've used an old Bink's Wren "A" model single action airbrush for over 20 years without any trouble. I have two Binks compressors, but really any oilless compressor for airbrushing will do nicely. You might try out a n inexpensive airbrush (single action)n and propellant cans first, just to see if airbrushing is really what you want.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 25, 2003 8:54 PM
tnx guys!! i think ill buy the tamiya one. coz thats the only airbrush that i see here in my country. too bad for me. oh i saw a double action airbrush from mr. color. thnx!
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  • From: Foothills of Colorado
Posted by Hoser on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 9:52 AM
Werewolf,

Since you are new to airbrushing, and prices for new airbrushes can be expensive, try looking on eBay. I recently bought an airbrushing lot including a Paasche VL, a Vega (Thayer and Chandler) Nailaire and an old Sears compressor for $62.00 including shipping. All are in excellent condition. There are some great deals out there if you are willing to search and have some patience.
"Trust no one; even those people you know and trust." - Jack S. Margolis
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  • From: Canada
Posted by James Mark on Sunday, February 2, 2003 3:30 PM
if your looking for a cheap air source, consider this.

I couldn't afford a compressor when I started modeling, but my dad had one...Of course his was to big to truck around, so I went to Canadian Tire (I am Canadian) and bought a portable air tank. I then bought a regulator to contorol the output and voila....when I want to paint I go to my dad's shop....fill the tank (it holds about 125 psi) and bring it in to my hobby desk...it's silent and will go for about 5 minutes straight. ( not recommended for BIG painting projects)

If you don't have a compressor handy....go to a gas station and fill er up...

This may be a little on the 'not so handy" side of things, but it's cheap and quiet.

Good luck

James

ps. I use a Paashe VL double action brush....I LOVE IT...takes some time getting used to, but once you get the hang of it you will love it...It's a tool you grow into. Cleaning is fairly simple...but have someone show you how to take it apart and put it back together again, cause this can be a little cofusing at first (lots of small parts)

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 9, 2003 5:00 PM
I also use a Paashe VL and love it!
I also have a Paashe compressor.
The compressor has been a dissapointment, many parts have broken on it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 9, 2003 9:31 PM
I have an old Tamiya single action airbrush, it came with a compressor when I bought it around 15 years ago there in the Philippines from a store in Carvajal street in Binondo. I still use it occassionally for light work. All I can tell you is when Tamiya makes something, it last forever ! Try the new ones with CO2 tank you can get thru pop machine vendors or welders. Let me know. More power to Filipino modelers !
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 10, 2003 7:41 PM
DO NOT GET AZTEC A 220! i have one and it takes bout half an hour to adjust to work, and its single exturnal mix, and it starts to melt with lacquor thinner
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  • From: Pominville, NY
Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 9:57 AM
My 2 cents:

I love my Iwata Eclipse. It's a double-action brush and has gravity feed. It's relatively inexpensive, easy to master (especially for a double-action!), more durable than my old Botchers and easy-cheesy to clean and maintain.

Fade to Black...
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  • From: Zanesville, OH USA
Posted by coldwar68 on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 10:35 AM
I just bought a Paasche VL Sunday, I will let you know how I like it. I also put together a holding tank and will be trying it all out tonite...practice, of course.

Jerry

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 10:42 AM
I have been using a Badger 150 for about 5 years without complaint. I have yet to replace a single part, including teflon o-rings. It took some practice to get the hang of double action but now, I can't imagine having less control. I highly recommend it. I use a Campbell-Hausfield 9 hp, 80 gallon air compressor. I ran a schedule 40 pvc line from my garage into my work room and mounted a regulator and water seperator onto the wall.
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