Buying an airbrush

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    Buying an airbrush

    I'm starting to paint my Boba parts soon, and I'm looking for a decent airbrush. I've been recommended the Evolution ones, but have no clue on what accessories I should buy, or what type of compressor would be good.

    I can see that there is different needles and stuff, what do I need for a complete Boba paintjob?

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    Madmartigan's Avatar
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    Re: Buying an airbrush

    Check ebay and look for a Paasche VL -- they're awesome. If you want to get good results, I think a double action, internal mix airbrush will probably serve you better. With the Paasche it's easy to control heavy applications and really light misting for burn effects and the parts that require misting various colors to get the right look (like shoulders and knees).

    But any double action, internal mix brush should work well. Compressors? I like having something with at least a 1 gallon - 3 gallon tank so it's not constantly running. And you either need to get one that allows you to adjust the pressure down to 20-40 PSI or get an external adjustment gauge/valve and attach it.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Buying an airbrush

    If you're just going to paint big zones and you don't need precision I wouldn't buy an airbrush.

    For painting the base colours of my Boba I'm using an atomizer which is cheaper (10$) and do the same work as an airbrush for big parts.

    The one I'm using is the one of the pic, I will sent a PM with the info to you, and you decide what do you want
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    Re: Buying an airbrush

    sorry for the canned response... this is copy/pasted from another board:

    stormtrooperguy said:
    my take on airbrushes...

    dual action is a must. this allows you to regulate the air release and volume of paint separately with 1 button, giving you finer control.

    i prefer paasche vl and iwata eclipse, but also have a badger anthem that has served me well for years.

    i like siphon feed better than gravity... lets you load up more paint at a time with the little glass jars.

    for compressors, it depends on whether you want quiet or cheap. i prefer the big monsters from home depot. even though i may only work with 35 - 40 psi, the compressor can easily do 100+, and has a big air tank. it's loud, but 1/2 the price of a small, quiet, tankless one (the tank means it can come on, fill up, then shut off for a couple of minutes).

    i get around the noise with a 50' hose. the compressor is far, far away from where i paint. just make sure you have a pressure regulator (i've never seen one that doesn't), and pick up a moisture trap. if you get water in your air line, your brush will splatter and make a mess.

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    Re: Buying an airbrush

    KaanE said: View Post
    If you're just going to paint big zones and you don't need precision I wouldn't buy an airbrush.

    For painting the base colours of my Boba I'm using an atomizer which is cheaper (10$) and do the same work as an airbrush for big parts.

    The one I'm using is the one of the pic, I will sent a PM with the info to you, and you decide what do you want
    I definately want a good airbrush, Boba IS after all very detailed.

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    Re: Buying an airbrush

    For us Scandinavians...

    Biltema and Claes Ohlsson both sell small compressors that can be used for airbrushing. the airbrush that i got is a twin action from Claes Ohlson. I think that it is a good and cheap alternative to start off with. Once you get the hang of it you can uppgrade and get a better one... though i feel that the one i have is a good general purpose airbrush and it has served me well on my Boba.

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    Re: Buying an airbrush

    I love my Iwata Eclipse...VERY versatile and captures a lot of detail. It is a high end airbrush so it isn't cheap, but you can find them on eBay for around $100. Well worth it!!

    http://www.iwata-medea.com/index.php/products/hp_cs/

    Enjoy,
    Kody

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    Im using Iwata's Custom Micron C.Its a great airbrush.

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    Re: Buying an airbrush

    Kwally89 said: View Post
    I love my Iwata Eclipse...VERY versatile and captures a lot of detail. It is a high end airbrush so it isn't cheap, but you can find them on eBay for around $100. Well worth it!!

    http://www.iwata-medea.com/index.php/products/hp_cs/

    Enjoy,
    Kody
    hey thats the one i have and i must say it's a very good brush i even use it for my warhammer =)

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