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Airbrush for starters

Postby bluffreggie » Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:10 pm

Hi all,

So I'm looking at doing two big models soon, a storm eagle and a spartan and want to make sure I do them justice. I'm looking for a cheap but decent airbrush and some tips for using one. Any of you pros out there help?

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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby Relentless » Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:13 pm

What's your budget?
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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby ObviousPlayer » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:04 pm

I bought a £50 job from eBay with a compressor. It's been perfect for space marines, scenery, darth vader's lightsaber etc. It works for about 25 mins before it needs to cool down but is perfect for my needs.

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Mini-Airbru ... nav=SEARCH
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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby bluffreggie » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:10 pm

Looking at spending £60-80 really nothing major.
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Postby Relentless » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:23 pm

I had a big wordy bit written up for you but just lost it...!

Will post up tomorrow again
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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby Stu's Idle » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:47 pm

I got this one: http://www.rdgtools.co.uk/acatalog/AIRB ... PARES.html (the top one)
It's very good and includes most of what you need. I did get a few extra bits like a quick release and mini filter. The Vallejo Air paints are excellent too.
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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby Azzabat » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:49 pm

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Stu did a good piece on airbrushes.

I got a 2 airbrushes, a compressor, tank and all the assorted moisture traps from RDG Tools for just under £80 and I'm delighted with them.

http://www.rdgtools.co.uk/acatalog/AIRB ... PARES.html.

If you can afford it go for a tank. It keeps the pressure (the air flowing thru your airbrush) constant and increases the life of your compressor.

You can pick up a decent airbrush for between £15 and £30 these days too.

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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby Trumpkin » Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:24 am

Third for the one from RDG. I've been using it for about 9 months and it's ace.
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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby Relentless » Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:47 pm

The above us the same setup I started with. Great to learn on but the airbrush is a pain to clean properly and the tip is easily snapped. As noted also, the compressor gets extremely hot.

Since upgrading to an h&s ultra, I haven't looked back and wish I had done it sooner, that said you wouldn't need something like that straight away but bellow are a few essentials I would insist on getting with the above kit:

Face mask with correct filters, not just any old dusk mask but a proper face mask with organic particle and fume fillters. Don't let anyone tell you this is unesercery

Spray booth for better ventilation. Can get the, for about £50 on eBay and I would strongly advise it.

Airbrush cleaner. You will spend more time cleaning than painting and plain water will not do

Paints obviously. Acrylics easiest to use and I tend to go for Vallejo air, these are pre thinned for airbrush.

Primer. For this, as you are doing resin, I wouldn't go near Vallejo primer. Had some horendoues trouble try ping to get it to take to resin even after scrubbing as it is not a true primer. I like to use Mr surfacer 1500 however this is laquar based and needs a laquar thinner for mixing and cleaning. It will also destroy some airbrush seals so would need to check with manufacturer. One last thing, it flicking stinks so ventilation is key. Maybe try Vallejo to start with, or even carrying undercoating with whatever you are using atpresentif it does the job.

Pipe cleaners, dental floss brushes and thin wire brushes for cleaning

Rubber gloves

Cotton buds

Pipets

A plastic bottle with a hole in or a proper glass jar airbrush holder for squirting excess paint and cleaner into

Sorry it's long, but hope it helps
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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby bluffreggie » Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:11 pm

Wow that's a lot of info guys thanks for that.
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Postby radegast6@gmail.com » Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:04 pm

I would say exacly what stu and CJ sayed, definetely go for one with tank if you planning to do long 5-6 h sessions - wear mask ! if you need any advice send me pm.
I would recomend you this for start - its grav feed and includes cleaning brush and stand - you will need cleaning pot at some point and other stuff but its great starting point.
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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby Lt_Hedgehog » Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:22 pm

Acrylics you can thin with water,
Solvents you will need enamel thinners.
(And apparently you can "reactivate" Enamel by enclosing the model with thinners)

Thin 2 parts paint to 1 part water.
Be OCD with your cleaning, use white spirits, nothing less.

Priming, I to use an automotive grey primer spray can.
So long as you use according to instructions, I've never had issues.
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Re: Airbrush for starters

Postby Dave Fraser » Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:57 am

5 years+ with that RDG kit. Without tank and compressor still going fine (not a heavy user though).

eBay spares can be dirt cheap from China if you don't mind waiting a few weeks (got 3 new nozzles for 99p!).

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