Need help buying airbrush kit - Recommendation

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Tyler Brown, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Tyler Brown

    Tyler Brown New Member

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    Hello all!

    I'm looking to purchase an Airbrush Kit to get a more finished look one some of my hand props. I don't know a lot about what's good and what isn't. Does anyone have any recommendations on what to buy?

    I'd very much appreciate any help offered!

    Thanks :)
     
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  2. Bengrim09

    Bengrim09 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I’m in the same boat as you
    I was also looking to buy an air brush kit
    You beat me to the post so I’m now watching your thread ;)
     
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  3. Tyler Brown

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    Amazon seems to have a lot of options all in a similar price range - but that isn't as helpful as you might think. Since I'm just getting into it I'm not completly sure what I need to be mindful of, but also want to buy something that is going to grow a bit with me as I get better.
     
  4. Axlotl

    Axlotl Master Member

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    Another month, another "What airbrush should I buy?" thread, with every single post recommending a different brush.
     
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  5. Tyler Brown

    Tyler Brown New Member

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    What is easier - complaining about someone seeking information and help from their peers, or saying nothing?

    Always strive to be the teacher you wished you had when you were beginning.
     
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  6. Kovnyn

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    I think he's probably saying that a search could have answered your question.

    But since there isn't a single one answer that anyone will agree on, I'll just post what I have.

    I use a Paasche set. Pretty basic set up, powered by my air compressor and a regulator I made from parts at work to tone down the pressure.
     
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  7. Bengrim09

    Bengrim09 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    How about if people did post their own type of airbrush and state their pros and cons about it, understandable that many people will use different types and they probably do most of the same but as you get more experienced you would like it do do that little bit more than the next, this is something that I would like to get into to broaden my horizons, I’m a builder of little things but would love to paint, as I’ve never done this before I would like to hear what other people’s experiences are, it wouldn’t do if there wasn’t a different choice out there.
    I was looking at this SwitZer AS18 but still looking and reading
     
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  9. ScoobiJohn

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    first thing people would need to know is your budget - i'm not really qualified to answer your question having only recently got an airbrush myself, but i do know the price varies hugely from ebay cheapo sets to top end gear

    i went for a badger compressor - (without tank - but wish i had got one with a tank - would maintain a more consistent air pressure) and an iwata eclipse airbrush and they seem to get the job done - but i'm new to this so...................
     
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  10. Mr Mold Maker

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    My recommendation as always when these threads pop up.. the Iwata Eclipse HP-CS. It is a workhorse. Skip a kit, buy an Eclipse with hose and a Harbor Freight compressor separately. That’s all you need.

    I have been using Eclipses for ten years, daily. Painting on models, masks, busts, appliances. There hasn’t been a single thing I’ve painted my Eclipse hasn’t touched. I think the going price on them is right around $135-140, and you will get your moneys worth and them some.

    If you are heavily restricted by a budget, Iwata sells the Neo and Revolution which are cheaper brushes, and those are totally fine. You’re still getting Iwata quality, and it will keep you happy for a long time. The reason I suggest the Eclipse is because it will grow with you. You will never be limited by the brush. It will take you from a beginner and work just as perfectly for you as you work up into intermediate and expert levels with it.
     
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  11. JUSTINIAN

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    I use the deluxe one from Harbor Freight, and it has worked great for me, and it's super cheap. I use it every day.
    3/4 Oz Deluxe Airbrush Kit

    I should also note that I have not ever used any of the higher end ones though.
     
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  12. Kovnyn

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    Thought my pic uploaded. Here is my set.
     

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  13. Tyler Brown

    Tyler Brown New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your responses - I appreciate it a great deal.

    I hope I can be of help in the future.
     
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  14. toothboy

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    this.
     
  15. Bengrim09

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    I was given this today as a starter
    Zero budget can’t ask for anything better to start with
     
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  16. modified

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    Hey just to throw my two cents in. I find that it is important that your airbrush be gravity fed. I've read that gravity fed brushes atomize more efficiently at lower air pressures. For the sake of honesty I've never used a siphon airbrush for the sake of comparison though.
     
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