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Customs: Opinion on an airbrush

Discussion in 'Creative General Discussion' started by underwear-ninja, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. underwear-ninja

    underwear-ninja Eats Gobots for breakfast

    Aug 31, 2008
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    After working on a recent kitbash (which should be posted whenever my reprolabels get here) I've decided that I need a much more efficient airbrush than those $20 starter kit ones from testors. A few reasons, really. The main one being that those things are constantly going full blast, and even with a paint box it still causes a nasty back draft which gets on nearby stuff (and I'm allergic to dust, bleah) plus go through paint like crazy.

    I don't want anything super expensive, and I wanted something compatible with their Model Master's bottles (I re-use empty bottles after cleaning them) and again, something adjustable. After looking around I found this:


    Anyone use this/ have an opinion on it? Thanks in advance :]
  2. Sabrina_Ng

    Sabrina_Ng La Femme Fatale

    Aug 22, 2008
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    That's bottom fed. I would recommend gravity fed, dual action and internal mixed. Personally, I would recommend friends to get a Japanese airbrush. It's one of the best. Though that's just my personal opinion.

    I lifted this from Wikipedia. Hope it helps :) 

    The simplest airbrushes work with a single action mechanism where the depression of a single "trigger" results in paint and air flowing into the airbrush body and the atomized paint being expelled onto the target surface. Cheaper airbrushes and spray guns tend to be of this type.

    Dual action or double action airbrushes separate the function for air and paint flow so that the user can control the volume of airflow and the concentration of paintflow through two independent mechanisms. This allows for greater control and a wider variety of artistic effects. This type of airbrush is more complicated in design than single action airbrushes which tends to be reflected in its cost.

    Feed system
    Paint can be fed by gravity from a paint reservoir sitting atop the airbrush (called gravity feed) or siphoned from a reservoir mounted below (bottom feed) or on the side (side feed). Each feed type carries unique advantages. Gravity feed instruments require less air pressure for suction as the gravity pulls the paint into the mixing chamber. Typically instruments with the finest mist atomization and detail requirements use this method. Side- and bottom-feed instruments allow the artist to see over the top, with the former sometimes offering left-handed and right-handed options to suit the artist. A bottom feed airbrush typically holds a larger capacity of paint than the other types, and is often preferable for larger scale work such as automotive applications and tee-shirt design.

    Mix point
    With an internal mix airbrush the paint and air mixes inside the airbrush (in the tip) creating a finer atomized "mist" of paint. With external mix the air leaves the airbrush before it comes into contact with the paint which creates a coarser stippled effect. External mix airbrushes are cheaper and more suited for covering larger areas with more viscous paints or varnishes.
  3. project9

    project9 White n' Nerdy

    Jun 28, 2006
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    N of Boston
    I would definately say to save some pennies and get a dual action, gravity fed like Sabs mentioned. I grabbed a nice Aztek one from TowerHobbies.com fairly cheap wiht their discount codes and snagged an air compress for cheap on eBay. Unfortunately, this does mean you'd need to invest $80-$150 or so - but it would be a wise investment indeed!