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  • Member since
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  • From: Carmel, ny
Airbrush/comp.
Posted by Vett on Monday, April 20, 2020 3:45 PM

Looking to get an airbrush comp. Kit just to do some camp on tanks no big jobs.

I have seen some on eBay around 40 bucks just wondering if they are worth It, like I said no big jobs just some camo.On model  tank

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, April 20, 2020 5:08 PM

Probably not worth it.

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Monday, April 20, 2020 5:25 PM

A model-only compressor or a household compressor whose primary task may be modeling?

I use a 1 gallon pancake compressor which I bought for about 40 bucks (IIRC).  Came with a nail gun which I've used on projects around the house.  Just filled the tires on the wife's car instead of paying $1.75 per minute at the corner store. 

Yes it is noisy, but only until the tank fills.  

Small (cheap) airbrush compressors dont keep good/smooth pressure.  They do tend to run hot,  must run for all of paint session.  I had one and have been happy since I moved on

 

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Posted by RickS on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:10 AM

A small pancake compressor can be had from Harbor Freight for 55 bucks.  I use a small Craftsman compressor that my girlfriend gave me.  Fits right under my work table.  Only drawback is the noise when it kicks on, but is only runs for a minute while the tank recharges.

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  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:03 PM

I started with a cheap Point Zero airbrush that came with a small air comp. The airbrushes, it came with three, are just spares now but the compressor just keeps on chugging and is quiet as well. Nothing wrong at all with starting with a combo set to get you started with airbrushing. You can always upgrade to a better brush later. Good luck

 

 

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  • From: Carmel, ny
Posted by Vett on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 3:46 PM

I looked at the point zero they have many kinds is your the little black square one or the little bigger one.

I also have a craftsman 6gal one but too noisey

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  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:20 PM

If this link doesn't work just copy and paste it. It is the same one I started with. It has three different airbrushes to give you a chance to see what you like best.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010TQCOEE?tag=duckduckgo-ffsb-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

 

 

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  • From: Carmel, ny
Posted by Vett on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:52 PM

Yeah I was looking at that one just different name it seems pretty good. Thanks

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  • From: Great Southern Land
Posted by damouav on Thursday, April 23, 2020 5:41 AM

In hind sight, I would have been better off saving up and buying a decent AB and compressor when I started out. My first AB was a cheap unit connected to comprssed air cans, then a super crappy compressor and chinese AB.

I know use IWATA AB's and a quality compressor and my skill in using an AB  have only gotten better since I invested in this quality equipment.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:08 AM

I also use a small, very quiet Iwata.  It is tankless and does pulsate, but with a high frequency.  I was concerned when I first started using it, but find it does not affect my paint finish.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, April 24, 2020 8:29 AM

I'm a Badger guy and highly recommend ANY of them. They will last you a lifetime and are not expensive.

If you are really tight on $ then I suggest to get yourself a Neo from Hobby Lobby for about $45 with a 40% coupon. I have one I bought a few years back and is a fantastic air brush. For a compressor I have a Campbell Housefeld 6 gallon one that I got at Walmart many years ago. It's set up with a water trap and regulator that I picked up at Harbor Freight for under $10. Besides air brushing I use it for many things like inflating tires, kid's toys, running air tools and compressed air cleaning.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Monday, April 27, 2020 6:16 PM

plasticjunkie

I'm a Badger guy and highly recommend ANY of them. They will last you a lifetime and are not expensive.

If you are really tight on $ then I suggest to get yourself a Neo from Hobby Lobby for about $45 with a 40% coupon. I have one I bought a few years back and is a fantastic air brush. For a compressor I have a Campbell Housefeld 6 gallon one that I got at Walmart many years ago. It's set up with a water trap and regulator that I picked up at Harbor Freight for under $10. Besides air brushing I use it for many things like inflating tires, kid's toys, running air tools and compressed air cleaning.

 

Unfortunately Hobby Lobby doesn't allow the coupon for airbrush purposes anymore.

 

 

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, April 27, 2020 6:19 PM

Tickmagnet

 

 
plasticjunkie

I'm a Badger guy and highly recommend ANY of them. They will last you a lifetime and are not expensive.

If you are really tight on $ then I suggest to get yourself a Neo from Hobby Lobby for about $45 with a 40% coupon. I have one I bought a few years back and is a fantastic air brush. For a compressor I have a Campbell Housefeld 6 gallon one that I got at Walmart many years ago. It's set up with a water trap and regulator that I picked up at Harbor Freight for under $10. Besides air brushing I use it for many things like inflating tires, kid's toys, running air tools and compressed air cleaning.

 

 

 

Unfortunately Hobby Lobby doesn't allow the coupon for airbrush purposes anymore.

 

Oh man that sucks big time. Did you ask them why? I wonder if they where marked as reduced then it voids out the coupon.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Monday, April 27, 2020 8:03 PM

plasticjunkie

Oh man that sucks big time. Did you ask them why? I wonder if they where marked as reduced then it voids out the coupon.

 

Theyre yellow price tag sticker items.   They are sale/pre-discounted items which are not available for additional coupon discount

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, April 27, 2020 8:06 PM

EdGrune

 

 
plasticjunkie

Oh man that sucks big time. Did you ask them why? I wonder if they where marked as reduced then it voids out the coupon.

 

 

 

 

Theyre yellow price tag sticker items.   They are sale/pre-discounted items which are not available for additional coupon discount

 

Got it, thanks.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Monday, April 27, 2020 8:10 PM

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ZAT
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Posted by ZAT on Monday, May 11, 2020 7:58 PM

Tickmagnets link is the same one (Harbor Freight Variant)I upgraded to from the initial little Amazon Brick that came with my first airbrush.  Worked great for about 6 months till it died.  Made the mistake of putting it on a lower shelf of my bench in a corner where airflow wasnt not all that good.  The thing overheated and croaked. Had I kept it on the table where my fan would have given it some decent airflow, I think it would still be going.  Bought a Harbor Freight Fortress 1 Gal Ultra Quiet jobber.  Left it on the bench this time :). Design is interesting where the drain valve is NOT the lowest portion of the tank, so you have to deal with that as you drain the fluids, but it works.  1 gal isnt that much volume though.  It does live up to teh quiet name.

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    June 2017
Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:52 PM
I got a hell of a deal on a Ridgid 150 psi, 6-gal pancake compressor a couple of years ago at Home Depot. It has a built in regulator and dual outlets. I picked up a moisture trap from Harbor Freight for under $10. I rigged everything with quick-connects so I can use it for airbrushing(separate hose set up), inflating tires, and air tools. It is a little noisy until the tank fills but I build out in my shop so no problem.

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Revell 1/25th Kenworth

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    March 2020
Posted by Faux fisherman on Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:41 AM
California air has super quiet air compressors that work great however I have used a Co2 tank and regulator for years. Almost silent just a hiss, never pulses, always dry air and a full tank lasts me a year or more.
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