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    Apr 19, 2008, 12:13 PM - Need an Airbrush... What do I look for? #1

    Hello all, this summer I am hopefully going to be hard at work on my ESB Boba ... I'm completely new to airbrushes... and I feel I need to get one for my fett project.

    I was just wondering what type of airbrush I will need... what's good for the price, what are the different kinds, and so on and so forth.

    let me know Thanks.
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    Apr 20, 2008, 7:31 PM - Re: Need an Airbrush... What do I look for? #2

    anyone?
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    Apr 20, 2008, 7:41 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #3

    http://www.howtoairbrush.com/

    go there. theres ALOT of awnsers to ur questions and this may help better. or you can google airbrushing tips, lessons etc and find the info you need. also search on the board here as i no there are a few threads on this topic. hope that helps. good luck!
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    Apr 20, 2008, 7:42 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #4

    I just noticed this thread, or I would have chimed in before. I use Aztec airbrush, because they are quite affordable and give a good finish. The selling point with Aztec (which I think is now owned by Testors - or Kodak or something) is that the workings are pretty much all in the nozzle, which is replaceable, and there are different types of nozzle for different applications. It's a good airbrush.
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    Apr 20, 2008, 8:08 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #5

    The 2 basic types of airbrushes are single action and double action.
    Single action brushes have a button or trigger that only serves to dispense the paint. The rate of flow is not adjustable, unless you have an adjustable compressor.
    Double action brushes have a dual-action trigger. The harder you press straight down, the greater the airflow. When you depress and pull back on the trigger, it increases the paint flow as well. So it's a bit more versatile.

    I use a Testors/Aztec double action airbrush. It's relatively inexpensive, and as Gypsyboy mentioned, the tips are interchangeable for ease of cleaning and different effects. (They sell hi-flow/fine line/spatter tips, etc.)

    The key with any airbrush is practice to get used to the features. If you think you're only going to use it for coverage of relatively large areas, I'd recommend trying out a single action gun.
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    Apr 20, 2008, 8:32 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #6

    I use a pasch? is that what it's called. practice some first and do use just, airbrush to finish a project. Use several techniques.
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    Apr 20, 2008, 10:40 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #7

    if ya dont know which one to choose, try both! lol
    harbor freight tool has a dbl action for 14.99, and a single action / hobby airbrush for 7.99. for those pices ya cant go wrong + there actually not shabby at all. i use em all the time. there so inexpensive if one goes bad toss it and buy another. and ur not putting a whole lot of $$ if its something only needed for a project or two. have fun with the fett! keep us posted.
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    Apr 21, 2008, 8:51 AM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #8

    will most airbrushes fit the paint that is required for a fett project?

    how does that work? Does the paint bottle just screw on to the airbrush?
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    Apr 30, 2008, 11:09 AM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #9

    Bump!


    Can anyone answer this question? I'm in the same boat myself!!
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    Apr 30, 2008, 11:18 AM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #10

    I run a Badger 150. Its a dual action, comes with 3 different needles, works very well, and cleans up easy. Its a great brush and the price is not too bad. Its very popular and has many accessories. The bottle adaptor that came with it, is bigger that the Testors/Model Masters/etc bottles. I bought a few adaptors online that fit them. They were only $2-3 a piece
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    Apr 30, 2008, 11:39 AM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #11

    I would add an ebay link but I don't know if this falls under a don't post a link policy.


    I found it for $100 shipped, came with a compressor and airbrush. It works great, I used it on my armor just last week(which you see in the US Med green thread).
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    Apr 30, 2008, 1:14 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #12

    i'm something of an airbrush snob. you'd never know it from my steadfast avoidance of them in my fett suit, but i've been airbrushing since the early 90s.

    like everything, there isn't a right or wrong. everyone comes up with their own style over time.

    a few things that are important to me:

    i'll only use double action. WAY easier for me to control. i also only like bottom feed... the little cups at the top don't hold enough paint. with a bottom feed you can either use the little cup or bottles.

    i've used:

    paasche vl
    http://www.dickblick.com/zz250/10/?w...5010-0100-1515

    classic brush. when airbrushing in the mall was big, this was what most of them had. my high school rig had a few of these. i didn't have the $$ for a big setup, but i had 3, usually one for black, one for white and one for colors.

    badger anthem
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LX8157&P=FR

    i love this one. i've got one currently. i've had it for years and haven't even changed a needle. though i don't do anything precise with it... it's all for laying down weathering / broad expanses of color where i want a fine gradient / no splatter.

    iwata eclipse hp-bcs

    i haven't used this one enough to comment. i had a 1/2 of any 1 item coupon for ac moore and it was the most expensive thing i could think of that i wanted

    on the air source... i don't like the little always-on compressors that usually get sold at art supply stores.

    right now i've got a porter-cable compressor from home depot. it goes up to 150 psi, and i paint at 30 - 40ish. it has a 6 gallon tank too, which is enough for 10 minutes or so of painting, and it refills fast. so basically the compressor is off more than it is on.

    http://www.deltaportercable.com/Prod...roductID=17019

    it's LOUD though. i have a 50' heavy duty air hose that i plug the little airbrush hoses into, so the compressor lives far from where i actually paint.
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    Apr 30, 2008, 3:00 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #13

    I have the Paasche VL-Set that Brian linked to. I recommend it. For a compressor I have a Husky compressor I got for about $100 at Home Depot.
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    Apr 30, 2008, 3:20 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #14

    Quote Foxbatkllr said: View Post
    I have the Paasche VL-Set that Brian linked to. I recommend it. For a compressor I have a Husky compressor I got for about $100 at Home Depot.
    that's something i left out of the other post. you get WAY more compressor for your dollar at a hardware store.

    art supply ones tend to be small, quiet and expensive, contractor ones are large, loud and cheap
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    Apr 30, 2008, 3:29 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #15

    Yep, I use my big Craftsman 33 gal. I have dual regulated output coming off it. One, I keep high for the big tools, the other I keep on the low output for the airbrush. Being 33 gal tank, I can run a long time with no compressor noise
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    Apr 30, 2008, 3:45 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #16

    Quote mrgr8ness said: View Post
    Yep, I use my big Craftsman 33 gal. I have dual regulated output coming off it. One, I keep high for the big tools, the other I keep on the low output for the airbrush. Being 33 gal tank, I can run a long time with no compressor noise
    mmm... nice. i'd love a big one like that. mine can't power the big auto sprayer i have in the garage. someday i'll get a bigger compressor!
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    Apr 30, 2008, 4:37 PM - Re: Need an Airbrush... What do I look for? #17

    how do you clean the brush? do you just run water through it while the compressor is on?
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    Apr 30, 2008, 5:40 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #18

    Im sure there all a little different for cleaning. I take the whole thing apart and cleah it with windex and thinner when your done...(this is waht i do at the end of the day) I have a Passch VL. it takes about 5-10mins to clean. Its not that hard once you figure out how it works.

    Just dont blend the LONG PIN!.. or dull the end.
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    Apr 30, 2008, 6:08 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #19

    Quote gbeef said: View Post
    Im sure there all a little different for cleaning. I take the whole thing apart and cleah it with windex and thinner when your done...(this is waht i do at the end of the day) I have a Passch VL. it takes about 5-10mins to clean. Its not that hard once you figure out how it works.

    Just dont blend the LONG PIN!.. or dull the end.

    hah... i don't take mine apart often at all.

    i have a BIG bottle of createx airbrush cleaner, diluted 50/50 water. i spray it through till it comes out clean, usually 1-2 minutes. i spray into a bucket with a lid that has a small hole in it. stick brush in hole and spray spray spray

    maybe once every couple of months i'll break it down. when we were painting the huge jabba the hutt i did, since i was spraying thinned house paint through it, and it was all sorts of clogged and nasty.
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    Apr 30, 2008, 8:49 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #20

    thanks for the tips
    I had an idea... not sure it would work... would it be possible to make like a stencil by using something kinda like decals.... but I'd use them as stencles instead of actually keep them on the armor... you know... whatever they use for trooper stripes... except not... because I't actually paint it... GAH! words arent my friend today... I hopeyou know what I mean

    It would be cool if I could make extremely accurate ones so I'm sure I get every "scratch" correct. anyone make something like that?

    or would it just be better to do the detail work with a regular fine brush?
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    Sep 12, 2011, 4:54 PM - Re: Need an Aribrush... What do I look for? #21

    excellent thread, and it was very helpful. I hit amazon today and used my Amex reward points to buy the iwata eclipse hp-bcs and a Iwata-Medea Studio Series Sprint Jet Single Piston Air Compressor. I also got a couple of "big mouth" bottles. This will be my first experience with airbrushing, and my first Boba build. Should be interesting.