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Which new airbrush?
Posted by dazzjazz on Sunday, October 10, 2021 1:00 AM

Hi all,

I've had enough of nursing my problematic Sparmax airbrushes (Max-3 and Sp-20x).

there's some history about issues in this thread http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/186795.aspx

Despite practicing and educating myself about the many aspects of airbrushing, these two units are very unreliable in their performance and make model making a frustrating pastime instead of fun.

so, what should I get? I live in Australia so choices aren't great. I can always order online I guess. Ideally I'd get something really good and reliable that can do fine work if needed.

I make ww2 aircraft and armour.

thanks

Darren

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:09 AM

Paasche H.  It doesn't get more reliable and easy to use than that.  You can do anything from wide patterns to pencil-fine lines with it.  I build mostly post-WW2 aircraft with an occasional car or sci-fi subject here and there and haven't ever found myself needing anything else.  I bought an Iwata HP-CS about a year ago, used it once (ruined a couple of really easy painting tasks with it), and its been sitting idle ever since while my 35 year-old Paasche H continues to do anything and everything I need it for.  The only times I have screwed up a paintjob with that is when I tried a new masking technique and that technique turned out to not be a good one.  Cleaning it is as easy as dropping the color cup, air cap, and needle into a jar of solvent and running it in an ultrasonic cleaner.  No flushing that puts a bunch of extra solvent into the air, no special tool kits...the only tools needed are your fingers and the 5/64" allen wrench that comes with it.  It also comes with a wrench for the air hose, but the need for that can easily be eliminated with a hose adapter and quick-disconnect.

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:58 AM

The only trouble-free airbrush I've ever owned is the Badger Anthem, which I've been using continually pretty much since it came out. Like Eaglecash's testimonial for the Paasche, it handles everything from car bodies to fine lines and Luftwaffe mottle in 1/72, never had a clog or a dry tip issue, dead-simple (and quick) to clean (and can be completely disassembled without the need of wrenches or tools...everything just unscrews).

It's a siphon model rather than a gravity-feed...I seem to be one of the minority that actually prefers that arrangement...but they also do a top-feed model, though I forget the name. (I think it's the Patriot.)

Just my 2 cents. Always been an unabashed Badger fan.

BTW, if you haven't seen it, forum member Don Wheeler has an airbrush site with lots of great (and un-sponsored) hands-on reviews, tips and general information. It's worth a look. Just Google 'Don Wheeler airbrush,' and it should come up.

Cheers

Greg

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, October 10, 2021 6:59 AM

gregbale
It's a siphon model rather than a gravity-feed...I seem to be one of the minority that actually prefers that arrangement...but they also do a top-feed model, though I forget the name. (I think it's the Patriot.)

I'm definitely right there with you in that minority that prefers siphon-feed...also in the minority of those who prefer external-mix.

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Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, October 10, 2021 7:28 AM

Eaglecash867

 

 
gregbale
It's a siphon model rather than a gravity-feed...I seem to be one of the minority that actually prefers that arrangement...but they also do a top-feed model, though I forget the name. (I think it's the Patriot.)

 

I'm definitely right there with you in that minority that prefers siphon-feed...also in the minority of those who prefer external-mix.

 

Badger's Omni 360 brush has a rotating head end.  It has a short cone shaped cup  that may be used as a gravity feed when cup is on the top or as the feed point for a siphon feed bottle when the cup is rotated to the bottom.   

The spray head and needle guts of the brush appears to be the same as a 105 Patriot'

Best of both worlds

The knock on the brush I've found is the gaskets on the rotating head wear and need servicing.   I have returned the brush to Badger for their warranty service and the returned item works good as new.  

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Posted by DooeyPyle67 on Sunday, October 10, 2021 9:35 AM

You are going to get a million different opinions. My suggestion? Go to Don's Airbrush Tip website and make your own decsions:

Don's Airbrush Tips (google.com)

 

 

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, October 10, 2021 11:05 AM

DooeyPyle67

You are going to get a million different opinions. My suggestion? Go to Don's Airbrush Tip website and make your own decsions:

Don's Airbrush Tips (google.com)

 

 

 

 

I always send them to Don's, but opinions here are also a great resource.

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