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Posted 09 February 2010 - 07:59 PM

Hi all, I'm looking to buy an airbrush
and a compressor. But I have never been
out shopping for one before. I know I
want a dual action unit, and one that
is adjustable in air and paint settings.
So my fellow modellers, please give me
information to help me choose, and any
recommendations on what you are using,
and if you would recommend me getting
the same, and where can I order one.
Thank you so very much guys.
p.s. please check out my truck in the
'on the workbench' section, thanks.

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#2 Janne Herajärvi

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:27 PM

If you want invest for good one take Iwata. I have Iwata Revolution CR witch is good workhorse. If you want make some custom paintjobs then some other model like Iwata High Performance Plus HP-A Plus? There is also some airbrush kits from Iwata with compressor. :P

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:57 PM

I hate to promote something as if I'm sounding like I'm biased, but I love the new GREX systems.
They have great customer service, the airbrushes have worked flawlessly for me, and they are cool Kawasaki Green!

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:11 AM

I have a Badger Crescendo 175 that I have been using almost weekly since 1996. The only part I had to replace was the tip, and that was recently, maybe 2 months ago. Great airbrush.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:45 AM

x2 on the 175, badger is great i dont think their warranty can be matched i sent 2 airbrushes to them for checks and got new needles and tips, for free.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:55 AM

i used to have a badger 150 dual action

then i got out of the hobby for a while and got rid of it

now i have a paasch single action

and to be honoust, i dont miss the dual action
this paasche i have has a needle and tip combo that is less then an inch long and it is sooooooooomuch easyer to clean

i think with my skill level this is all i need

as for aircompressors,
dont go to small or it will constantly be turning on and that annoying
and make sure you invest the extra 12 dollars to install a water trap, you dont want to get moisture in the air when your spraying enamels :P

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:57 AM

You can't go wrong with IWATA ECLIPSE HP-C. It's the best airbrush and fairly economical.

Later as you get used to it, you'll end up with the best airbrush in the world, the Iwata Micron.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:00 AM

X3 on the Badger Crescendo! I've had mine since 1994 and the only things I've had to replace are the needle bushings. Not hard to replace despite what Badger tells you BTW. B)

One tip I've learned over the years is to bring the needle forward out of the body to clean, and then reinsert through the backside of the body to get it together.

This saves on wear and tear of the bushing.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:21 AM

Hi - I'm relatively new to airbrushing and started about 2 years ago with a single action Badger 150 which I found was either on or off and I couldn't get on with it at all. For a while I thought there must be something wrong with me then I bought myself a Badger 360 dual action which solved all the problems - very easy to use and has the advantage of beibg able to use either the gravity feed cup or a bottle by swivelling the head around. Thoroughly recommended and not too expensive either.

Good luck - Martin

Here's a good review http://www.modelersg...action-airbrush

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:36 AM

You can't go wrong with IWATA ECLIPSE HP-C. It's the best airbrush and fairly economical.

Later as you get used to it, you'll end up with the best airbrush in the world, the Iwata Micron.

I second the Iwata rout, best dam air brush products, period.

Edited by Plastic Freak, 10 February 2010 - 04:36 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:42 AM

I recently started using a Badger 200 single action. A friend let me borrow his dual action to try it out. I'll stick with the single action. I'm using a Cambell Hausfeld air compressor with a 3 gallon tank that I fitted with a moisture trap.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:13 AM

In my opinion, Iwata makes and excellent product, however I use a Paasche VL. I've done everything from automotive showroom wall murals to model cars. I even use it for my illustrations.
It's priced at around 100 bucks and comes with several needles and tips. Personally I like the pick-up under the brush rather than the gravity systems as they are easier for me to handle. Paint jars come in a variety of sizes and left over custom mix colors can be capped and set aside for those times when you need to touch up a boo boo.
I've had it for around 10 years and other than regular cleaning and replacing a worn needle it has been maintenance free.
My compressor is a large automotive type and not mobile so I have a couple of portable tanks (w/pressure regulators) that I fill and use when I'm not able to hook to the a compressor. I think when you get right down to it, any quality airbrush will give you great performance. The important thing is that it feels right and is comfortable for you to use.

Edited by GrandpaMcGurk, 15 February 2010 - 10:40 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:28 AM

i have a Badger 200 (single action) and a Badger 150 ( double action) . with that I have a Sears 4 gallon pancake compressor, and a moisture trap with a regulator..
I prefer the single action for painting large areas, because once you get the paint flow set, all you need to to do is push down the button...
My single action 200 has the medium head, and needle, the double action has the fine head for detail stuff..

If you purchase a water trap with a regulator, and 25 feet of hose, you can put your compressor in a closet, or across the room, mount your watertrap/reg. on your paint boothe and adjust your pressure at the regulator..
Cuts down the noise, and makes things more enjoyable...

Jim A.

Edited by midwest 1953, 10 February 2010 - 05:29 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:10 AM

I have several Badgers and I love them, used them for a long time, and still do, but I also have a Iwata.

The Iwata is just a better brush, especially for doing model car bodies.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:55 AM

I have two Paasche VL guns, and like them both. One I have set-up for a clear only gun, and the other is my multi-purpose pen. Now, if I only built something once in a while I could show you how well they work (laziness and work schedules are a pain!).

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:29 AM

Any thoughts about an Iwata Revolution SAR airbrush? It's a single action, the dual action is the BCR, I think. Appreciate any comments.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 11:29 AM

Badger Renegade series! It's a 100 dollar brush that can do line work that rivals a 400 dollar Micron.

I use the gravity fed velocity, and the detail work is amazing. Grex is great too.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 12:59 PM

I have myself also a Badger Crescendo 175 since 1998 with a great experience from it, specially the lifetime warranty service that is a mayor feauture. I bought the set that comes with the three needles, tips, and cups. This is a great airbrush for those who wants an all around-just one airbrush....but....the last summer I send to Hong Kong for a Gunze Sangyo Procon Boy PS-270. I have to tell that this one is another league, the touch and flow of this one has no rival, it even can do 0.2 mm lines!

You guys can see a great review of this one here:


Simón P. Rivera Torres

Edited by simonr, 13 February 2010 - 06:01 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 06:53 PM

Badger Renegade series! It's a 100 dollar brush that can do line work that rivals a 400 dollar Micron.

I use the gravity fed velocity, and the detail work is amazing. Grex is great too.

I will second that. My normal brush was a badger 150 and a sotar 20/20 (for fine work), but after i had the oppertunity to work with the renegade series, I'm hooked.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:48 AM

I too own and use a Paasche VLS 1208 dual action. It is absolutly terrific in my mind! 30lbs pressure and I love it! You can find those at Hobby Lobby. Wait until you get a 40 or 50% off coupon and run! You can get it for under $50 then! Jody

Edited by Smart-Resins, 11 February 2010 - 03:21 AM.