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 Posted: Fri May 1st, 2020 05:09 pm
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Reg H

Joined: Sun Oct 19th, 2014
Location: Shelton, USA
Posts: 1023
I second the advice on getting a good quality airbrush.

The temptation may be to buy a less expensive brush to start off with. 
Do not yield to that temptation. 

Cheap brushes are nothing but frustration. 
Get a good one.

Stick with Badger, Paasche, Thayer & Chandler or Iwata. 
There may be other good brands out there,
but I know these are all good brushes.
I have two Badger airbrushes.  

I like double action, siphon feed brushes. 
For years my only brush was my Badger single action. 
But the double action works a lot better for painting models. 
Some folks like the gravity feed (little cup on top),
I prefer siphon feed with the bottles.  

The second item is a good compressor. 
I bought a Badger compressor in the 1970's.  It is still working just fine. 
Add a moisture trap/pressure regulator to that. 
I did without one for a long time, but it really does improve results. 
Especially in a humid climate. 

I bought a Harbor Freight compressor as a backup to the Badger. 
Not a good idea. 
I only used it a couple of times before it went south. 
Get a good compressor. 
It doesn't have to be fancy. 
Mine was the bottom of the line Badger at the time. 
I have never felt the need for a fancier compressor. 

The third item is paint. 
I have seen some guys get great results with acrylic paints. 
I can't seem to master them. 
For many decades I used nothing but Floquil.  I still have a few bottles. 
Lately I have tried Tru-Color sprayable paint. 
It is acetone based and seems to work well. 

Take the time to set up your painting area so that everything is organized,
and you have all the bits and pieces easy to hand.  

Setting up with an airbrush can seem a bit expensive. 
If you get good quality equipment and take care of it,
you will get decades of use out of it. 
Treat a brush gently and keep it clean. 


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