I'm AIRBRUSH shopping
Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:59 AM
I would warn you away from the dual action unless you are going to do some serious graphics or camouflage patterns.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:09 PM
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 04:08 PM
Dixie Art Supplies. If you are going to paint model cars The # five head works best all around.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 03:30 AM
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 04:40 PM
No one mentioned the Testors Aztek Air brushes.... I have a decent one & have been using it for the past 10 years or so. I have aquired many different tips for it (mainly @ hobby lobby in the clearance section). I like the screwout tips; they are easy to clean also. I mainly use siphon jars & I like the fact that empty Model Master jars will screw right into the Siphon jar caps, making mixing & switching paints easy.
I've seen a lot of people say these are not that good of an Airbrush, but i like using it. It's a dual action brush.
If memory serves, Marc Nellis uses one as well, and he seems to produce some mighty nice paint jobs with his.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:22 PM
Edited by Ragnar, 16 February 2010 - 10:23 PM.
Posted 17 February 2010 - 04:00 AM
I learned on a dual-action Badger 150 IL. Because of that, I prefer a dual-action. I like being able to use the airbrush to just shoot air across the body first, to get any remaining dust off. That brush gave great results, but had some inherent defects...a tendency for paint to build up around the tip and at the tip of the needle. If you weren't careful with the on/off of the airbrush, it would often dislodge some paint buildup from the needle right onto the painted surface. Keeping it open/flowing without shutting off the flow was necessary. It was a pain to clean & keep clean.
My Aztek (Modelmaster) airbrush was great for awhile. Then I noticed that the separate tips weren't lasting long. Without taking them apart, they were never really clean.
As for my workhorse airbrushes, I have 3 Badger 175 Crescendos, and they are great. I use them w/the medium needle/tip.
I love my Iwata HP CS Eclipse w/the large gravity feed reservoir. It's precise, and easy to clean/keep clean. It will shoot 100% of the liquid that's in the reservoir. So much less hassle vs. cleaning feed tubes on siphon feed. It just doesn't flow like my Badgers, though. Better for smaller detail.
My next airbrush will be a gravity feed with enough flow for car bodies, but with a pistol grip trigger. It's the natural progression of my own personal tastes, and I wish they'd been more common when I first started out. I will not buy another siphon feed airbrush! Complete waste of time cleaning them, not to mention materials (wasted paint, toxic thinners & pipe cleaners/brushes to clean it out).