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airbrush question?
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 31, 2004 7:30 PM
Hello

Im realy new to this site I just registered tonight, and I already love it.
Heres my question: Keep in mind Im new to this but I would like to start
painting or at least practicing with an airbrush.

What would be a good brand for a newbee?
What types of paint would I use and Where would I find this stuff at to buy.
Like I said Im way new to using an airbrush, but Im not new to building models.

Any help or suggestions would be great.
Thanks


Stoppko
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Posted by roadhawg on Saturday, January 31, 2004 8:03 PM
you will probably get a thousand different answers but heres my advise.. buy one you can EASILY get parts for. around here, theres a lot of places that have parts for Paasche and Badger, two popular brands. see what your local hobby shop carries, but stay with a name brand. and a double action is more versitale than a single action but takes a little getting used to. Badger has a pretty good book available about hobby airbrushing. good luck.
http://www.badger-airbrush.com

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 31, 2004 11:13 PM
Thank you my friend!
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 31, 2004 11:18 PM
to be getting use to it i would buy either the badger or paasche and get to grow with it. And start with enamel paint. start with some of the Model Master and get use to it. No im not saying its the best paint but its a start and you can learn from that.. Also clean it... clean it. and keep it clean and you will enjoy this for a long time.
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Posted by Boss_Hotrod on Sunday, February 1, 2004 9:28 AM
QUOTE: Also clean it... clean it. and keep it clean and you will enjoy this for a long time.


Amen to that.
http://public.fotki.com/69Hotrod/model_cars/ http://www.imagestation.com/mypictures/
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Posted by nitrojunkie on Sunday, February 1, 2004 11:12 AM
Sign - DittoSign - Ditto
I love the smell of Nitro in the morning!!! AKA Ernest Harmon
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 1, 2004 1:43 PM
Yes this topic is a much debated one here. Use the search function and you will find several threads on the thoughts about which air brush to purchase and how to use it.

Even an old guy like me learned some new things.


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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 2, 2004 11:03 AM
Give Iwata a look. They have some good begginer level brushes.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 5, 2004 4:43 PM
At my Wal-Mart in Eagan, Minnesota they have a air brush for like $12
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 5, 2004 7:18 PM
I wouldn't paint a watermelon with a $12.00 air brush.


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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 6, 2004 3:49 PM
haha - exactly. You're better off using a rattlecan than a cheapo airbrush.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 6, 2004 4:06 PM
I recommend Badger's airbrushes as they are high quality, priced competitively and they have the best customer service of any airbrush company. Thumbs Up

Mike
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 6, 2004 8:26 PM
Airbrush preferences around here are just like who likes what make of car. Chevy...Ford. Iwata...Badger. But once you purchase your first car...er...air brush, in due time you will want a second one. If you have a bad experience with one model, then choose a second brand next time. Most reputable air brush companies make at least one good product. But I can't believe that any air brush that is only $12.00 can be of any quality. For long any way.




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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 7, 2004 12:45 AM

I bought one of those cheap Testors sets, $17 with the can of air, when I was in high school. It was an external-mix, single action airbrush, and when I kept it properly maintained and used it right, it worked well. The external mix was messy, and the enamel paint a little tough to clean, but it worked as good as a basically $10-12 airbrush could be expected to work.

I now have a Paasche VL dual-action internal mix, had it for years but I am only just beginning to use a lot now, and it is very nice. The broad control of not only airflow but also paint flow is nice, and the metal construction means it's easy to just dunk in water or thinner to clean it off. It's obviously cleaner than an external mix brush, but clean-up takes a little longer, though if you just follow a routine it all goes smoothly.

I wouldn't recommend doing it on the cheap, but I don't think you need to spend over $50 on an airbrush.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 7, 2004 5:43 AM
12 or 100 dollars....some of my best paint was with the 12 dollar airbrush and some the worst was with the 100.it all comes down to practice and what you feel works for you.i probably have the same kit as stevek ,,,used it for years with i think good results...thought i'd "graduate "to a crescendo 175 from badger ,not what i expected...just more practice needed. it is a great airbrush ,very versatile.....BTWSign - WelcomeSign - Welcomestoppko

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