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  • Member since
    November 2023
Posted by FalconFan24 on Friday, December 8, 2023 2:27 PM
I’m a former professional airbrush artist. Still operate about 50 airbrushes currently. I personally don’t like recommending airbrushes to people. But I think that has not been helpful, so I have some recommendations below. But wanted to share that airbrushes are like cars, it’s really a personal preference. I love my Badger and Harder & Steenbeck airbrushes. However, I hate my Iwata and GSI. Yet there are modelers who swear by them. If you’re a IPMS member, maybe you can test out some of your club members airbrushes. That might give you some good insight.
 
Here is some things to consider in buying an airbrush.
1) performance: this one is probably the easier one. Most modern airbrushes perform fairly well. So this one is really more what kinda of models you plan to airbrush. So a.3mm needle size airbrush would be good for 1/48 or 1/35. But it might be better to go .2mm for 1/72 or 144.
2) cost: this is a big factor. Price and quality are related but at some point it makes no difference. Just don’t waste your time on a
cheap $20 airbrush…you will regret it.
3) replacement parts. This is a big factor. How expensive they are and readily available are they? My badger needle/nozzle replacement costs $20….yet for my harder & Steenbeck the same part costs $65. Also keep in mind, that some airbrush parts (depending on the brand) are hard to get a hold of around the world.
 
My recommendation for a good starter airbrushes that will be good investments: badger 105 patriot, very solid airbrush and build to last. Iwata Neo, it’s a good budget airbrush. Paasche Talon/raptor (raptor is the small cup version of the Talon), best value of the three for price. You can get it with hose, and all 3 needle/nozzles for less than $100.
 
Oh and one last bit of advice, take a look at Facebook marketplace. A lot of people sell their airbrushes for super cheap. I have picked up $200 airbrushes for $20.
Hope this helps!
  • Member since
    November 2023
Posted by romukief on Monday, November 20, 2023 4:52 AM

Hi Kaptkrunch,

With an internal mix airbrush, the paint gets mixed right at the tip of the head assembly inside the cap. Those airbrush (like the Badger 105, Iwata Eclipse you are looking at getting)  produce finer and more soft spray pattern which is excellent for details...External mix airbrush are used to spray thiker materials.

Regarding the choice of airbrush, I would agree with people here.

Badger Patriot is a good beginner abrush make in USA. It is quiet cheap too, so it is a very good buget airbrush. You can find replacement parts easily. Also quiete easy to clean and disassemble.

I presonally will spend a little bit more and like you would go for the Iwata Eclipse HP CS.....great quality airbrush that come with .35 neddle, real workhorse, great for base-coating, varnish, shading or highlighting work.

 

Hope it helps!

  • Member since
    October 2023
Posted by KaptKrunch on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 2:58 PM

KaptKrunch

I am thinking about getting a Iwata, ive never used the brand before. They have so many options its confusing as hell. I think I have it narrowed down to a 

Iwata-Medea Eclipse HP BS Dual Action Small Gravity Feed Cup

or a 

 

Iwata-Medea Revolution HP BR Dual Action / Small Gravity Feed Cup

Leaning more towards the Eclipse, for no good reason, as I know nothing.

The Revolution ad says "Internal mixing function" what does that mean? I would like to mix in the cup, I think I waste a ton of paint using other means. 

Thanks!

 

 

So im a dummy, just as I pressed post I realized what "internal mix" meant, lol, the paint and air, not paint and thinner. Hopefully I dont get kicked out of here.

  • Member since
    October 2023
Posted by KaptKrunch on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 1:47 PM

I am thinking about getting a Iwata, ive never used the brand before. They have so many options its confusing as hell. I think I have it narrowed down to a 

Iwata-Medea Eclipse HP BS Dual Action Small Gravity Feed Cup

or a 

 

Iwata-Medea Revolution HP BR Dual Action / Small Gravity Feed Cup

Leaning more towards the Eclipse, for no good reason, as I know nothing.

The Revolution ad says "Internal mixing function" what does that mean? I would like to mix in the cup, I think I waste a ton of paint using other means. 

Thanks!

  • Member since
    October 2023
Posted by KaptKrunch on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 1:43 PM

patrick206

I agree with GM and Ed, the 105 is a great, versatile and very user friendly airbrush, I use mine frequently.

Depending on your application, another one to consider is the Badger 100G gravity feed. Smaller in size and weight, I prefer it for smaller area jobs, and especially camo freehand work. The 100G is my most often used airbrush.

It's identical to your 150, other than having the gravity feed cup. All of the parts are interchangeable, you could make a 100G using your 150, by just buying the forward body of the 100G with gravity cup, then swapping the parts from your 150.

The forward body of the 100G should cost about $25-$30 from Badger's website, referenced above. I also highly recommend Don Wheeler's website, a wealth of information of all things related to airbrushes.

Good luck with choosing your next airbrush.

Patrick

 

 

 

That is a awesome idea! 

  • Member since
    June 2023
Posted by burrito king on Thursday, October 26, 2023 7:36 PM

Badger 105 Arrow is same as standard 105 but with smaller paint cup. I got mine on Amazon for $78. Works great 

  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, October 26, 2023 4:47 PM

I agree with GM and Ed, the 105 is a great, versatile and very user friendly airbrush, I use mine frequently.

Depending on your application, another one to consider is the Badger 100G gravity feed. Smaller in size and weight, I prefer it for smaller area jobs, and especially camo freehand work. The 100G is my most often used airbrush.

It's identical to your 150, other than having the gravity feed cup. All of the parts are interchangeable, you could make a 100G using your 150, by just buying the forward body of the 100G with gravity cup, then swapping the parts from your 150.

The forward body of the 100G should cost about $25-$30 from Badger's website, referenced above. I also highly recommend Don Wheeler's website, a wealth of information of all things related to airbrushes.

Good luck with choosing your next airbrush.

Patrick

 

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, October 26, 2023 3:53 PM

You can get a Badger 105 for a hundred bux from USA Airbrush Supply (Badgets online store).   Shop around & you might find it for less.   Get on USA AS mailing list for their occasional sales (you have missed Columbus Day, look for thanksgiving/christmas). They are often BOGO.  Buy a set of needle replacements for fine/medium/coarse and you're set.   

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, October 26, 2023 3:40 PM

Look at Don Wheelers site. He does good reviews.

I like my Badger 105.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    October 2023
Airbrush choices...
Posted by KaptKrunch on Thursday, October 26, 2023 3:10 PM

Back in the game and am seeing alot of brands I have never heard of concerning airbrushes. I have a Badger 150 from back in the day but I am wanting to try a gravity fed unit. Any suggestions on one that doesnt break the bank but isnt throwing away money. Considering the Iwata Neo, but the choices are endless it seems. 

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