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Old Mar 06, 2012, 04:36 AM
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Advice wanted on buying an airbrush.

Hi,
I'm wanting to buy an airbrush to paint foamies etc and need some advice on what to buy.
Styles, sizes, brands etc.

I notice lots of kits on ebay selling anywhere from $20-$200. I don't need anything flash but I don't want to wind up with some useless piece of junk either. So I am willing to pay for something that will last me for some time.

And what accessories should I get with it? I already have a compressor.

Thanks.
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Old Mar 06, 2012, 04:56 AM
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http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Paasche-H...f#ht_743wt_689
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Old Mar 06, 2012, 05:36 AM
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I read a suggestion a while back that said get the best compressor you can and the cheapest airbrush you can find. I think given the relatively large area of our models compared to static plastic models then you don't need the same level of finesse. My Stuka was done with a $10 bunnings airbrush, masked with regular masking tape including the markings. One thing I did spend some money on was Tamiya paints as I have airbrushed with them many years ago and know they work well.
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Old Mar 06, 2012, 06:12 AM
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I have a $10 brush and a $200 Iwata brush. I seem to use the $10 brush more because it's easier to clean and not as fiddly.
The Iwata is good for the finer more arty type paint jobs.
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Old Mar 06, 2012, 09:39 AM
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I just got all of my airbrush equipment off this ebay store. Good quality equipment and hasn't missed a beat.

It's a lot to take in about how airbrushes operated and what equipment should be used for certain situations (i.e. needle diameter), but the best piece of advice i can give you is to look up Youtube.
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Old Mar 06, 2012, 04:56 PM
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Thanks guys

Doesn't look like I'm going to have to spend a lot for my needs.

A couple of quick questions.

Gravity or suction, which is better, or which is more suitable for our larger scale models?

Single or dual action?
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Old Mar 06, 2012, 05:07 PM
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Thanks guys

Doesn't look like I'm going to have to spend a lot for my needs.

A couple of quick questions.

Gravity or suction, which is better, or which is more suitable for our larger scale models?

Single or dual action?
I have always used suction type guns, I find them easier to put down and refill a jar.

A dual action will give better start and finish without any splatters and will allow better paint flow control, a single will be more like using a spray pack, its on or its off
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Old Mar 06, 2012, 06:26 PM
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I seen these & am considering buying the top 3. Definitely value for money considering that I paid $125.00 for my single action Aztek airbrush 15 years ago. It is still serving well, but I have found it would really handy to have an extra gun when painting multiple colours.
As for accessories a water trap is good and so is lots of facemasks!


This is good value at $17.99
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...rush_set_.html

This is excellent value at $24.95
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...brush_set.html

This would be very handy & could be used as an airbrush as well - $19.99
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ting_gun_.html

Value (It'll do the job!) $5.99
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...rush_set_.html
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Old Mar 06, 2012, 09:26 PM
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I got one of these after doing a whole lot of research. I find it heaps better than my cheapy ones. I love how fine you can get the mist, and how much control I have over the amount of paint it uses.

It's easy to clean too, and it sprays a wide variety of paint. I've even sprayed 2 pack through it!
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Old Mar 08, 2012, 04:29 AM
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I just got all of my airbrush equipment off this ebay store. Good quality equipment and hasn't missed a beat.
Cheers, I grabbed this one for $25. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-DUAL-...78507015511287

I'm sure it will do what I want for now and if I get more into airbrushing I may get something better.

Thanks for your advice guys, much appreciated
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Old Mar 08, 2012, 05:05 PM
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That's a good buy Brett C. Really good deal as well. I recommend those who are in the market for one, get onto the dynamic power airbrushes.
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Old Mar 08, 2012, 06:14 PM
Well they Started off cheap!
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+1 for a good compressor. Definately get a dedicated airbrush compressor, if you haven't already, unless you don't mind earplugs
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Old Mar 08, 2012, 07:21 PM
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+1 for a good compressor. Definately get a dedicated airbrush compressor, if you haven't already, unless you don't mind earplugs
I have my old 12cfm chugger that I built up 25 years ago. It's way oversized so I have it geared right down, which makes it quiet. A decent sized inlet filter quiets themdown a lot too.

Regulators, filters, water traps etc are all stocks of my trade.
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