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Thayer & Chandler Model A?

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  • Member since
    January 2022
  • From: Colorado
Thayer & Chandler Model A?
Posted by ModelMadness on Thursday, September 8, 2022 9:22 PM

Well, a friend of mine found out that i do models and he said that his dad use to and then gave me his airbrush.  An old Thayer & Chandler and I believe this is a model A.  Serial number is there, but that does not help.

Now I got some Paasche airbrushes, Harder & Steenbeck and an Iwata, but you know when you have a passion for something and then something old comes your way I had to accept the gift.

It is very small compared to the airbrushes mentioned.  It is a side feed, the air hose connection is very small.  I did look it up and there is a guy in an old video that has exactly what this is.  Video called 1920's T & C so could it be?

So I tried it out and something was not right; the trigger was tight so I opened it and it looks like his dad crushed the Tube where the needle goes in.  No way to save it, but I finally got the piece out.

Looking around I found a thread that said the Badger 100 is basically the same thing.  What I wonder is that tube piece.  I found the Badger part at this site

Part 50-030 is the part I believe is similar.  The thing I noticed on the broken one is that it is keyed to line up with item simliar to 51-011.  T & C one is different than the 51-011, so my big question is;

Does that piece from the Badger 100 part 50-030 work on this T & C and is it keyed?  Keyed meaning at the right end of part 50-030 on the T & C is round, but at the left end it is almost a half circle where the needle tube goes in to.  From the damage I saw I believe his dad smoked it down so tight that the right end bent (can see teeth marks suspecting a pair of pliers were used)

So I would like to get this old piece of history working again, so far the above site is the only one I found that has been referenced to be able to use some parts.

The needle was also bent and I tried straightening it out, but again, if the parts of the Badger 100 can be used I wonder then if the parts list will work.  I know I am asking a lot or maybe someone here knows of a different airbrush parts store that carries the parts.  So looking for some help to see if I can bring this back to life.  Here is the video of the guy using what is the closest to what I acquired.  The end that is black is more tappered on mine than what he shows, but other than that it looks identicle.

Thanks everyone


Update - I found a picture of the airbrush and the needle tube, but I cannot find the tube that screws in to the airbrush body.



Needle tube (you can see there is a flat side.  Tube is keyed for this piece)


  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 8, 2022 10:17 PM

Can't help with the operation/repair but I have a friend that swears by the brand. He's used them for over 35 years.



  • Member since
    January 2020
Posted by Space Ranger on Thursday, September 8, 2022 11:19 PM

Contact Badger and tell them what you have. Be sure to quote the serial number. If they can repair it, they will let you know. I was given an old Thayer & Chandler in non-working condition, and Badger was able to repair it for less than $20! It's a top-of-the-line airbrush.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, September 9, 2022 12:19 AM

A said above, Badger supports Thayer & Chandler airbrushes nowadays. I have a single action siphon fed internal mix of theirs and absolutely love it. It was my go to airbrush until I was gifted a couple of Badger Double Action airbrushes a few years back.


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  • Member since
    January 2022
  • From: Colorado
Posted by ModelMadness on Friday, September 9, 2022 6:43 AM

Thank you everyone.  Will do and contact Badger.  Crossing my fingers.  Again, thank you

  • Member since
    January 2022
  • From: Colorado
Posted by ModelMadness on Sunday, September 25, 2022 1:17 PM

Well, what everyone here said helped.  Badger 100 has some (and I emphasis some) parts that work for the Thayer & Chandler airbrush.  Been acruing some parts to get this brush work again and now it is almost there.

I had problems with the head as when I tried the brush air was not coming out of the bottom hole in the head. Got some beezwax and coated the outer edge and that did the trick.  Now I can feel air coming through the front of the head.

Now the next issue I am running into is the cap or what it is called in the manual the "spray regulator".  If I attach it then it backflushes all the way to the cup (side mounted model).  If I attach by two trheads it backflushes.  If I tighted down it backflushes.  No matter what I do it just backflushes.  Not sure here so any help would be appreciated

Thank you


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