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I have many years experience with rattle cans and have owned a couple of 'entry level', comporessed air can powered, airbrushes, but have never owned a 'real' airbrush and compressor.

What are peoples thoughts on airbrush and compressor choice?

I've probably got a budget of say $250 approx., not sure how realistic this is.

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Not sure where to post this...

I have many years experience with rattle cans and have owned a couple of 'entry level', comporessed air can powered, airbrushes, but have never owned a 'real' airbrush and compressor.

What are peoples thoughts on airbrush and compressor choice?

I've probably got a budget of say $250 approx., not sure how realistic this is.

Proabably in the ball park. I would just get a 40% coupon and hit up a Hobby Lobby for Iwata Eclips. That new little Neo I have heard mixed results about. I have several airbrushes, while the Iwata doesn't do everything it comes pretty darn close to being the perfect brush. Easy care and maintanence, great finish, and a quality brush, always works and never had to buy any parts for it, but to be honest, for that really fine detail and special techniques I still use a Badger 150, much higher care and maintanence required though and have a stock pile of parts to keep it going. Paasche are ok too, but I found them to me more like a Mack truck than an finely tuned airbrush, and if the Paasche is the Mack truck of airbrushes Iwata is a Porsche great performance, great relaiblity, no nonesene airbrush, Badger is a bit more like an old Ferrari, awesome when it works but in the shop often.

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Proabably in the ball park. I would just get a 40% coupon and hit up a Hobby Lobby for Iwata Eclips. That new little Neo I have heard mixed results about. I have several airbrushes, while the Iwata doesn't do everything it comes pretty darn close to being the perfect brush. Easy care and maintanence, great finish, and a quality brush, always works and never had to buy any parts for it, but to be honest, for that really fine detail and special techniques I still use a Badger 150, much higher care and maintanence required though and have a stock pile of parts to keep it going. Paasche are ok too, but I found them to me more like a Mack truck than an finely tuned airbrush, and if the Paasche is the Mack truck of airbrushes Iwata is a Porsche great performance, great relaiblity, no nonesene airbrush, Badger is a bit more like an old Ferrari, awesome when it works but in the shop often.

Thanks for the input.

There are multiple Iwata Eclipses out there, which model do you specifically like?

Also what are modelers using for a compressor?

Thanks in advance

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I think its the HPC... I will have to look again.

HP BCS for general paint work.

I got an old Sears compressor. You can use anything that you can regulate down to 15 to 45 PSI

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