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27 May 2010 - 16:0532816
Buying an airbrush
My old airbrush (Tamiya 74519) clogged up to the point of no return and had to be thrown out. It wasn't mine to begin with (my ex didn't want it back) so I'm not really lamenting it... except for the fact that I now have no airbrush!

I don't actually know anything about airbrushes so I don't know how to start looking for a new one. The Tamiya one worked fine for me except cleaning was not easy. Is there one someone can recommend, which preferably does what the Tamiya one could? My max budget is £40, cheaper is great but I'd rather go for the best quality I can afford.


27 May 2010 - 16:3332817
do you have a compressor, or was the old one a gas can powered?


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27 May 2010 - 16:3432819
Quote xaerael:
do you have a compressor, or was the old one a gas can powered?


It was gas.


27 May 2010 - 16:4132820
save a bit more cash and get one with a compressor imo. gas can powered is expensive in the long run, and has sucky results. plus with a compressor, you won't have any reason to let the brush clog since you can just hold it in water and activate it.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AIRBRUSH-KIT-AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR-AIR-BRUSH-NEW-R-/290436302319?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Crafts_DrawingSupplies_EH&hash=item439f5a45ef#ht_3808wt_1137

that's not a bad cheapy set up. i have their bigger tank version (you can find it in their other items, it looks the same, but with a big black tank underneath) and it's AWESOME. i was expecting the brushes to be garbage, but they turned out to be pretty good.

i'm suspecting your old one was a single action? the other bonus of the set i linked is the brushes that come with it are dual action, which lets you control spray diameter on the fly.


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27 May 2010 - 16:4932822
Yeah it was single action. Being able to control diameter as you go sounds AWESOME. The one you've shown is a bit pricy together with shipping, but... it's very tempting! I could find a few more things to sell to justify the spending. What's your experience of using the compressor - is it noisy?

(I was always a bit afraid of the gas cans. I've got this weird fear about pressurised things exploding. Aerosol are okay, but pressure cookers and compressed gas make me twitch quite badly. It might be good that I go for a compressor...)



Last edited by Pez (27 May 2010 - 16:49)
27 May 2010 - 17:1432824
Quote Pez:
Yeah it was single action. Being able to control diameter as you go sounds AWESOME. The one you've shown is a bit pricy together with shipping, but... it's very tempting! I could find a few more things to sell to justify the spending. What's your experience of using the compressor - is it noisy?

(I was always a bit afraid of the gas cans. I've got this weird fear about pressurised things exploding. Aerosol are okay, but pressure cookers and compressed gas make me twitch quite badly. It might be good that I go for a compressor...)


they're not too noisy. i put mine of a piece of plastazote and it deadens the noise further.

gas cans are the devil. they're expensive, don't give consistent performance, you can't really accurately regulate pressure, they make cleaning the brushes more expensive since you have to use gas to purge then... the list is endless even before you add the safety aspects.

another slightly random boon with a compressor is you can airbrush skin without risk of blasting the skin with supercooled air. if a character you're cosplaying has a tattoo, you simply need to make a stencil, load your brush with bodypaint, and boom. you can do tons of makeup effects too, especially around the eyes.


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27 May 2010 - 17:2132825
Quote xaerael:
gas cans are the devil. they're expensive, don't give consistent performance, you can't really accurately regulate pressure, they make cleaning the brushes more expensive since you have to use gas to purge then... the list is endless even before you add the safety aspects.


Yeah I noticed that when the cans were about 3/4 spent the pressure could become pretty weird. It was pretty annoying.

Quote xaerael:
if a character you're cosplaying has a tattoo, you simply need to make a stencil, load your brush with bodypaint, and boom. you can do tons of makeup effects too, especially around the eyes.


I'm sold. Compressor is definitely the way to go! Thanks so much for the advice!



Last edited by Pez (27 May 2010 - 17:23)
27 May 2010 - 20:1332835
Hi there,
I own the Elephant set up HERE and so far it has been sweet.
It is a double action brush so it's really good for detail and my favourite - gradients.

I also would say this set is highly reliable, I've used it to spray Gundams, Warhammer, Canvas and it was especially useful on my own Wedding invitations. But be careful to keep the actual brush clean. I blocked mine (after owning it a while) but was pleased that I could get a replacement airbrush for under £20.

Hope this helps, good luck!


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27 May 2010 - 20:3732839
Hi!

This set is much closer to the price range I already had in mind, though obviously it has less bits than the one Xae showed me, too. Hmmm it's another possibility!

Is the compressor noisy at all? I quite often work through the night without realising the time...


27 May 2010 - 22:2832844
Quote Captain:
Hi there,
I own the Elephant set up HERE and so far it has been sweet.
It is a double action brush so it's really good for detail and my favourite - gradients.

I also would say this set is highly reliable, I've used it to spray Gundams, Warhammer, Canvas and it was especially useful on my own Wedding invitations. But be careful to keep the actual brush clean. I blocked mine (after owning it a while) but was pleased that I could get a replacement airbrush for under £20.

Hope this helps, good luck!


that one's /alright/, but it lacks a tank and a water/impurity filter, which makes it fairly limited in the long term. (eg, you can't spray silicone with it, and intensive use would produce irregular airflow)

i can't see in the image, does it have a pressure regulator?


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28 May 2010 - 01:0532849
@Xae: This set up does lack all of those things.
However, it really depends on what you'll use it for. if I was buying now I would hit up that Ebay Auction but I bought this set up for my first brush as it is very simple, everything is very easy to understand and theres no drama.
Again though it depends on what you'd term "intensive use" I've actually hit it's limit where I was basecoating around 2000pts of 40k models. this took around an hour and there was no issues with pressure, essentially when it gets to hot it shuts down untill it cools off.

it's pretty quite too similar in noise to a hair dryer but a lower pitch that changes slightly as you spray.

This is a good set for just paint - there are many alternatives though so keep a look out.


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