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First air brush purchase
Posted by Fesan on Sunday, April 28, 2019 3:42 PM

Hi guys. I am looking to buy my first airbrush this week and been a toss up between a  badger patriot 105 and an iwata eclipse hp-cs. Can i please get pros and cons on them from people that own them? I did find a place that has the badger with all 3 conversions for it included. The iwata i do plan to buy the .5 conversion if i get it.

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 29, 2019 5:11 PM

I haven’t used either one personally, but the Iwata is generally the bench mark for a quality airbrush, and the Patriot is an excellent airbrush for about half the price. Both are very good. 

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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  • From: Montreal, Canada
Posted by Rockgarden on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:37 PM

A couple of thoughts here:

- for painting model cars we aren't typically painting thin lines and gradations that higher end airbrushes are good at.  Usually we're laying down relatively large swaths of a single colour, multi-colour finishes aside.  A decent, affordably priced airbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and that you can be happy working with is really all you need.  Both Badger and Iwata make good quality airbrushes, as do some other brands.

- recently I watched a video of Don Yost painting a model car body.  He was using an airbrush that looks remarkably like a Paasche H.  Single action, external mix.  If Don Yost can accomplish such remarkable finishes with a very basic single action airbrush, clearly either of those that you're considering will be just fine.

get yourself a box of white plastic spoons while you're out, and spend as much time as you can practicing spraying them, perhaps experimenting with different paints while you do.  That will make a bigger difference to your final results than will either of the airbrush models you're choosing from.

in the interest of disclosure, my first airbrush was a Paasche VL.  That's a siphon fed dual action brush.  I love it and now have two of them.  I keep different size needles in each so I can easily switch if necessary.  Some folks prefer gravity fed for modelling, but I honestly don't see any need to switch to a different model.

I hope that this helps.

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    April, 2019
Posted by Fesan on Wednesday, May 01, 2019 10:56 PM

Rockgarden

A couple of thoughts here:

- for painting model cars we aren't typically painting thin lines and gradations that higher end airbrushes are good at.  Usually we're laying down relatively large swaths of a single colour, multi-colour finishes aside.  A decent, affordably priced airbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and that you can be happy working with is really all you need.  Both Badger and Iwata make good quality airbrushes, as do some other brands.

- recently I watched a video of Don Yost painting a model car body.  He was using an airbrush that looks remarkably like a Paasche H.  Single action, external mix.  If Don Yost can accomplish such remarkable finishes with a very basic single action airbrush, clearly either of those that you're considering will be just fine.

get yourself a box of white plastic spoons while you're out, and spend as much time as you can practicing spraying them, perhaps experimenting with different paints while you do.  That will make a bigger difference to your final results than will either of the airbrush models you're choosing from.

in the interest of disclosure, my first airbrush was a Paasche VL.  That's a siphon fed dual action brush.  I love it and now have two of them.  I keep different size needles in each so I can easily switch if necessary.  Some folks prefer gravity fed for modelling, but I honestly don't see any need to switch to a different model.

I hope that this helps.

 

Thank you this does help. I also plan to play around with armor and planes so was looking for long term general use i almost got a pasche H from Don’s video since i have more car bodies in line up then anything.

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