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  • Member since
    April 2009
  • From: wisconsin
Posted by trapper on Monday, April 6, 2020 3:02 AM

Hello, I'm ready to buy my first airbrush and I'm seeking some advice. I have my choices narrowed down to either iwata or passche gravity feed brushes. I'm wondering what would be a good choice for a first airbrush? I would like a double action but I'm not sure how hard they are to get used to. Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Member since
    April 2020
  • From: Rocky Mountains, USA
Posted by micrometer on Monday, April 6, 2020 12:15 PM

I'm very happy with my Iwata HP C plus. It fits your requirements without regard to price. I formerly had a Badger 200 NH and liked it as well but the Iwata is a better airbrush IMHO.

  • Member since
    March 2020
Posted by MaddMikeNo1 on Friday, April 10, 2020 4:48 PM
I personally like the Pasche H, it isn't gravity feed but it is simple to use and comes with three different nozzle sizes. It is a single action and a very versatile airbrush. I am fairly new to modeling but I use mine to brush pinstripes on cars at the customer hot rod shop I work at.
  • Member since
    June 2012
Posted by jhande on Friday, April 10, 2020 8:01 PM

I own an assortment of airbrushes. I tried a Paasche decades ago and wasn't found of it, don't remember the model.

My go-to airbrushes for modeling are:
Iwata Eclipse HP-CS
Badger 200 Bottom Feed
Vega 2000 Bottom Feed

I also use them for motorcycle gas tanks, fenders and helmets.

I originally learned using a single action first. I think that was a mistake, it was kind of difficult getting the hang of the dual action. Single action was real easy, basically a real good spray can.

Just my 2 cents! Wink

Buggati Fan brought up some very good points.
Maybe I should have explained what and why I use any of my brushes?
I use my single action bottom feed brushes for spraying primer coats and finish colors. I use my gravity feed dual action for small detail work, example, painting ghost flames on the bodies. That's a quick explaination for modeling. Actual 1 to 1 projects are similar but they over lap. I will use my gravity feed brushes for large detail work as I don't need to reload color as often as the cup.

  • Member since
    May 2017
Posted by Papajohn on Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:10 AM

Iwata Eclipse! Mine is going on 8 years and still ticking. My wife bought me second one for Xmas a few years ago and I'm still waiting for my original to stop working. I thought about upgrading to a Harder & Steenbeck based on stellar reviews but then read that the replacement parts are crazy $$$. Expect to buy replacement nozzles, needles and seals thru the years, they get damaged and/ or wear out. I love my Eclipse, it's easy to clean/ assemble and very consistent. Additional advice: don't scrimp on the compressor, buy a good one, it will get a lot of use. 

Regardless of brand, buy an airbrush, it will be the best modeling investment you'll ever make, plus it's so much fun to use.


  • Member since
    September 2011
Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:16 AM

I have used my trusty old Badgers for many years now and found them to be reliable and reasonable in cost to buy and maintain. Having said that the American Paasche, Japanese Iwata, German Harder and SSteinbeck air brushes are all good quality instruments. In the UK where I live there was a range named Aerograph produced by the De Vilbiss Company that were also excellent. They were predominately made aimed at the graphics industry but back in the 70's they had a stab at the model making markeg and made a Sprite Double Action that was essentially an Aerograph with a number of parts in plastic instead of metal. I had one and it was found to be good. The De Vilbiss main market has always been industrial spraying equipment and I believe that they now only produce one model of airbrush aimed at full size custom car and bike builders.

Decide at the outset how much you can afford. Then decide what am I going to do. Overall body colour of will you want to do custom painting? This may influence which way to go. To complicate things there are internal and external mix units, also single action and double action. Internal mix is self explanatory where the paint and thinner are atomized and go through the airbrush itself, whereas the external mix use a siphon function where the mix of drawn up from a jar normally go be atomized in front of the nozzle. The single action airbrush has to have the spray pattern set to do what you want like thin lines of overall spray when the button is pressed.. The double action allows the user to vary the pattern whilst in use as the user can control both the air and paint feed by feel. Firstly the button has to be pressed to allow air to flow and the second of double action is drawing the button back gradually and controlling the paint flow by feel. Takes a bit of practice to master however.

Avoid at all costs the cheap imports usually of far eastern origin that look like a bargain with all helps and whistles included. Far better to buy a quality brand that will just do the job you want it to.



  • Member since
    April 2009
  • From: wisconsin
Posted by trapper on Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:55 AM

Thank's for the information I really appreciate it 


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