Another airbrush question.


digital509

Active Hunter
For Christmas I received a Badger 350 airbrush. It's a nice little starter airbrush for base coats on models and props but can't get a small enough spray for detail.

I need recommendations for a good airbrush that can get a finer spray without getting too spendy.
 

evan4218

Active Hunter
The badger 350 is great for quick coverage over large areas but no good for small details. You want something with a very small needle and small tip. Look over at the badger Iwatta, or any other airbrush maker site and look over there airbrush list. They have a grid telling what there god for. I will go look at what model I have been using and post it.
 
The Good old 350! I remember it well! ;)
That was the First airbrush I ever used. Hard to believe it was 30 years ago! :facepalm
I Love my Badger 155 "Anthem". Comfortable and easy to adjust.
Also if you have a Michaels near you, they offer 40% off coupons almost every week. That's how I buy mine.
Hope this helps.
Wayne
 

stormtrooperguy

Sr Hunter
i've got a badger anthem and an iwata eclipse. sadly i have yet to use the eclipse in the 6 months or so since i bought it. but, that's mainly because the badger has done the jobs i've given it well.
 

digital509

Active Hunter
Grievous, is the 155 double action?
Can it get nice hairline detail?
I've seen the michaels coupons and have considered this already. thanks for the input.
 
Grievous, is the 155 double action?
Can it get nice hairline detail?
I've seen the michaels coupons and have considered this already. thanks for the input.

Yes it is a double action model. With the right needle and tip combo you can get a very nice hairline detail.
I don't remember if the hairline set comes with the airbrush kit or if I bought it seperate.
Let me know if you have any more Q's.
GG
 

Buckeye 01

Active Hunter
I have the Iwata Eclipse (HP-CS), and it is awesome! I can spray as fine as I want, or as large as I want. The only draw back is the cup size (1/3rd). If you are doing larger jobs it gets eaten up pretty fast. For smaller detail jobs, this is the ticket man. I stumbled across a great black wash technique using it. I bought mine for about $100 (minus compressor). You can get a small compressor at Harbor Freight cheaper than the 'air brush' compressors, and they include a regulator. Hope that helps.

 

digital509

Active Hunter
Well, I just picked up an Iwata HP-CS Eclipse off of ebay as well, $102 shipped and it's coming with a 10' braided hose. I thought it was a pretty good deal.
 

Rat Fett

Active Hunter
Question about compressors!
I have a small Porter-Cable pancake style commpressor already, for my nail and staple guns and I can regulate the compression settings. I know you can put various attachments on if for inflation purposes but can you use a hobby airbrush?
 

drcrash

Hunter
Question about compressors!
I have a small Porter-Cable pancake style commpressor already, for my nail and staple guns and I can regulate the compression settings. I know you can put various attachments on if for inflation purposes but can you use a hobby airbrush?

I would guess so, if you have a diaphragm or piston type regulator that vents downstream pressure. (See the other airbrush thread for an explanation.)

Then again, I haven't done it yet, and am no expert, etc., etc.

Paul
 

digital509

Active Hunter
Just got back from my parents house and was talking to my dad about the Iwata I just purchased on ebay. He said "I've got an Iwata airbrush downstairs that I used only once to paint a harley sportster tank." A few minutes later he came back up and gave me an Iwata HP-C and a replacement needle. He's had the thing for ever and it will need to be cleaned real good and i think it needs a new spring for the air pressure button, but who cares, you can't beat a free Iwata!
 

Dha Syntir

Active Hunter
From what it sounds like, I'd probably not be able to use some of the better airbrushes with my Testors Mighty Mini. Or will it just not work very well? With the stock airbrush, it paints adequately-but there's no using it for fine detail etc. Wish I'd have asked more questions before purchasing! :facepalm Lesson learned...

 

Buck Navillus

New Hunter
Anybody have a Paasche? I can get a double action model Paasche on sale at my local hobby shop for less than the Badger at Michaels with the coupon? Any opinions out there?

Thanks!!!
 

TheBigGunns

New Hunter
Digital- you will love your eclipse.... very good choice. If you are doing smaller jobs with it you can get a side cup for it so you dont have to mix up a ton of color in the large bottles.

~Mel
 

evan4218

Active Hunter
the Paasche in my opinion is the End All Be All of airbrushes. Durable, easy to clean and dependable. I own four airbrushes currently and that is by far my fav!! I recomend the single action external mix.
 
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