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Which compressors are we all using?
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This TC5000 compressor from Simair has all the same attributes as the TC2000 but has the added feature of a 2.5 litre air tank.

  • Twin cylinder unit produces 1.2 CFM (cubic feet per minute) and is fully automatic with 2 x outlets
  • Includes a double airbrush stand
  • Moisture filter
  • Regulator
  • Gauge
  • Two airlines and 4 air outlet thread converter so you can use most airbrushes
  • Comes with adaptors to attach most airbrushes
  • Dimensions are 270mm x 300mm x 230mm(d x w x h)

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see thats smart. when buyin a compressor where does it say what constant pressure it will give out? You have to have the tank on it to store pressure?

whats the maximum constant pressure yours gives out?

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My Compressor goes to 60 psi max and then goes down to 50 psi constant, A tank is important to give you a nice constant psi as all the air is stored in the tank, but you still need a good compressor to fill the tank to KEEP giving you a constant psi
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This says working pressure is 15-60psi. Be ok for me wont it?

http://bit.ly/VvI0Nn price is good for me lol

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It should do the job, but not sure how long that one would last to be honest.


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Im going to have to get it. Got so many models here waiting to be painted
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Bob where did You get this one  cuz i have difficulties to find?
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I got my compressor of ebay for £250, and trust me I give my tools a good run for there money so yes its a lot of £££ put its goooood.
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found it :-)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TC5000-Automatic-Airbrush-Compressor-/251091277391?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3a7634d64f

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THX M8

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When I started many years ago I paired my AeroGraph Airbrushes with a SIMair silent compressor which has provided excellent service, and when I updated again last year to acquire a twin cylinder variant I naturally went for another more advanced SIMair professional compressor

In fact the same one as Bob has recommended above ... but in the attractive su-do packaging  http://www.su-dousa.com/sudo/prods/SU6019.html

Almost didn't recognise it from the picture above. A great compressor and well worth the investment but remember to also invest in suitable quick release hoses and airbrush adapters for maximum enjoyment. 

I use it with the following double-action airbrushes purchased from 1978 through 2011

  • AeroGraph Sprite (My very first and ideal from use with primer coats)
  • AeroGraph Super 63 'A' variant
  • AeroGraph Super 63 'E' variant
  • AeroGraph Super 93 'S' variant with additional HF and FL options
  • Iwata Hi-Line HP-CH

Use quality products and you will be rewarded with years of great service, but remember to also acquire some essential spares especially if you only have one airbrush,
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Hi all just getting back into the hobby and set to purchase the tc5000 and have an Aztec airbrush should I upgrade in your opinion ?
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Hi Stevel-uk

If you get the TC5000 then you have your self a very nice air compressor and should have no problems with it, People do say the Aztec airbrush is a good airbrush, however I found that being all plastic it was not a life time airbrush like H&S or Iwata.

For example, I opened up my Aztec and there was a plastic straw inside for the air flow , however you may as well get some use out of your Aztec and see how you get on with the hobby, as its going to cost you alot for new compressor and airbrush.

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Hi Steve,

Welcome back to the hobby, I too am back after a break of around 20 years albeit have been using my airbrushes for Graphic Art for some of the time over that period.

The compressor of your choice comes heartily recommended by both Bob and myself, we both have one and they give us no problems even when left on for a considerable time. Equally my original SIMAir silent compressor still works after twenty-five years, but not so controllable as it's newer design.

To some extent it is the same with the airbrushes themselves (my collection is listed above, and also an XF Badger that I no longer use) ... The 63's and the Iwata will all spray the finest of lines and when blending lines and spraying Luftwaffe mottling having multiple brushes filled with the relevent colour is a major boom. Using a single colour I generally reach for the Iwata Hi-Line as this particular model also gives me the ability to control the air pressure directly at the brush. I have also added a crown cap to it so I can get real close to the plastic without the feathery lines that will occur otherwise through blowback (unless you expose the delicate needle tip - NOT recommended). This option is only available on certain airbrush models.

My original airbrush with a high-flow needle is also used to great effect with primer and varnish coats.

You don't say which Aztec model you have, but presuming it is the double-action one I would suggest adding a modern Iwata to your order. They have a wide range to choose from and here are some examples currently on sale http://www.graphicair.co.uk/categories/Airbrushes/Iwata-Airbrush/Iwata-Airbrushes-Sale/

All the best,
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