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What airbrush/touch-up gun for big models?


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I varnish 16x20" acrylic paintings in three coats with the Paasche H and #5 needle set. I shoot vertical and immediately horizontal, a quick heat set with hair dryer, repeat and repeat again. At the right distance it puts down a good 3" path of wet  paint per pass.

Or you could get an airbrush with a fan nozzle. There are a few out there. They do about the same width but in a straighter line pattern, the H has a round pattern.

A touch up gun will work but it's going to require more air volume and the tip size will be about the same as the H.

Honestly for 1/16 I use nothing special, I've even done two in lacquer with a .25 tip ! 1/8 ( depending on the model) can use a little more coverage but honestly no more than a spray can puts out. I say that as someone who decades ago shot 1/8 with spray cans and they turned out fine.

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Highly recommend the Procon PS 290 .5 with fan pattern nozzle and 15ML cup. currently $100 on amazon.  If you wanna see more about it check out spraygunner.com If you decide to get it and want a grip Iwata grip works perfect.

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1 hour ago, Dpate said:

Highly recommend the Procon PS 290 .5 with fan pattern nozzle and 15ML cup. currently $100 on amazon.  If you wanna see more about it check out spraygunner.com If you decide to get it and want a grip Iwata grip works perfect.

I just came back to say I bought one of those. I can’t wait for it to arrive. It has been years since I used an airbrush, and it was hobby enamels for military planes. I’m really looking forward to using lacquers. 

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5 hours ago, LDO said:

I just came back to say I bought one of those. I can’t wait for it to arrive. It has been years since I used an airbrush, and it was hobby enamels for military planes. I’m really looking forward to using lacquers. 

Well enjoy !

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