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Since I am trying to find an airbrush to buy, I would like to ask what setups you guys have. What airbrush and compressor do you guys use? Paarsche, Badger, Iwata, Master? Tankless or with a tank? Is having no tank okay?
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My airbrush is a Badger Krome
Compressor is a mid range with tank (I have no idea who made it and it is now dying after some 10 of abuse) I have used compressors without tanks and found they had a tenancy to run out of air at inopportune moments (also very noisy to run) Stephen __________________ http://s508.photobucket.com/user/sashepherd3/library/?sort=3&page=0
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I use an Iwata sprint jet compressor it doesn't have a tank but has worked reliably and hasn't let me down for the 5 years I have owned it, and here's the but lol, back in the summer I had a pretty long spraying session (a couple of hours solid) and it shut down a couple of times due to overheating, but it was in the high 80s outside, since then I have noticed that it does get pretty hot when it's been running for a while, so I'm hoping to upgrade to a tank this year
I have quite a few different airbrushes, but mainly stick to a Premiair g35 as I find it so comfortable to use, I also use an Iwata revolution Cr from time to time I use it mainly for detail work as it has a slightly smaller needle than my g-35s but I find it heavy to use and the colour cup is quite large and blocks my view when I'm spraying up close.
I bought a cheap chinese airbrush at Telford that looks to be a knock off of an Iwata eclipse but I haven't tried it out yet, and buried in the drawer are a couple of Aztek airbrushes, I like how they feel in the hand but they just don't give consistent results so in the drawer the will stay lol !
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AS186 Compressor with 3l tank. Iwata Eclipse HP-CS Harder & Steenbeck Evolution CR plus So far,everything is ok. Must say,Evolution is near perfect airbrush,and so much better IMHO then Iwata. (better,precise control of air and paint flow, better fine lines,etc.) Yet,I still learning to use acrylics, not so easy as enamels,but hope to improve with time. (clogging - fighting to use correct ammounts of paint and thinners,with right PSI) If you can,buy compressor with tank, othervise,it will work non-stop and heating a lot,prone to failure... __________________ Current Project: 1/72 Italeri SR-71 Blackbird Finished Projects(Links):
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Compressor is a Badger TC910 (3L tank), tankless work fine...in theory you get more constant pressures from a tanked compressor and the motor only runs when needed ($180 with Michael's coupon)
Airbrushes: Badger SOTAR 20/20 - a nice brush but the cup is non detachable and way too small, which makes it especially hard to clean ($30 Amazon deal last year), very fine output but don't use much due to the cleaning issue. Veda WD-180 - 90% of the time my go to ($30) Paasche VL set - first airbrush, single action...only used now for spraying clears ($45 with 40% Hobby Lobby coupon) I will be getting a H&S Infinity CR+ early next year, looking back I should have just got one in the first place... I will also be getting a spraybooth, probably an Artograph 1530 since I don't have any easy way of venting outside __________________ -Jason
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Airbrush: The Iwata HP-CS. You can read Bob's review. The fine atomization and quality build is most impressive. Easy to clean.
Spray Booth: I use the GraphicAir A300S D, just like Bobby. 58 db. About the same noise level as a portable fan on HIGH. MUCH quieter than those tinny noise resonators they make over here in the States. Compressor: The Super Silent 20A. Marketed by that name in the US, they're actually made in Italy. They are REALLY quiet. 30 db. Refrigerator quiet. They do have oil you need to (should) change once a year or so. Has a tank. Fills quickly. Excellent quality. Should last a long time.
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I have the Badger 360 with a Paasche D3000R. I definitely recommend you have a tank on your compressor.
A couple other things to consider IMO: 1) some type of holder for your airbrush. Your airbrush will need to be put down from time to time during your project. Without a holder, it is only a matter of time before it gets knocked off your work area. Remember it will have the airhose attached to it, which will gently pull your expensive airbrush in whatever direction your air source is. 2) I've found it useful to have a small fan blowing on my air compressor when I'm spraying for long periods of time. My compressor only has a heat sink on it and it doesn't do a very good job of keeping it cool. I'm hoping to prolong the life of my compressor a little by helping it run cooler. Whether or not this will actually help is surely debatable, but I already had the fan and figured it couldn't hurt.
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Iwata power jet pro, has small tank and dual air brush setup. Paashe Raptor dual action gravity feed with .20mm, .38mm & .66mm needles. Paasche Talon dual action gravity feed with .38mm needle. Paasche H single action with 3 different needles. Paasche VL out of commission. Love to have Harder & Steenbeck Evolution but there very hard to come by here in the states.
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Not sure of your location USA or Europe.
All compressors do cheap or expensive is to provide compressed air. The compressor needs to be an oiless one ie for airbrush work. The tank (minimum 3litre) will provide a continousflow of air. A tank less compressor will, perhaps, provide a slight stutter in the flow. The tankless compressor runs all the time. The tanked compressor will turn off when the tank is full restarting when a top up is needed. I use a Chinese type cost about £90 with a tank. This has lasted 5 years still going. Friends have had their Chinese type for 15 years. You can get much more expensive. But carefull some are rebadged Chinese and other manufacturers at some times twice the price. I started with an Harder& Steinbeck. Well engineered simple brushes. I can strip and deep clean and put together in 4 mins. They are versatile with sizes of needle/nozzle. Most can have 0.6,0.4, 0.2 & 0.18. Jus unscrew nozzle replace with needle nozzle size you require. They all come with two sizes of cups. Removable cups helps cleaning. I also have a couple of Iwata. They are slightly better engineered. I have .35 and a .2 needle nozzle. Not as versatile as some you can only use one needle nozzle size. The cups are not interchangeable and are fixed in position. They are very nice to use and they are my favourites. I have relegated the H & S to priming and varnish Iwata are not good at this. But the Iwata is the very devil when it comes to stripping down. It is more complicated and fiddly. Small spanners and you need nimble fingers.But that is something you work around. If you are new to airbrushing the H & S brilliant. If you are experienced the Iwata but more difficult for beginners.. H & S procuce spares for every part of every brush. Iwata do the same except the main body parts are not repaceable Laurie __________________ Laurie