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What Airbrush to chose for BEGINNING RC Painting ?

What Airbrush to chose for BEGINNING RC Painting ?

Old 07-27-2018, 05:33 AM
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I apologize for bump the old topic, but I have some interesting observations that I would like to share, maybe this will help someone in the future because once I was on the lookout for useful advice.
Thought I'd do some comparisons for you guys: The lowes gun has a 1.4 tip, the HF gun has a 1.4 and 1.8 tip. Upon opening the HF gun the small paint cup had been cross threaded (I am assuming it came off of a shelf, so I got to call and see what they will do). The HF gun just felt cheap beside the kobalt gun , it was lighter, flimsier and just doesn't feel as good in your hand. The Kobalt cup is much stronger than the flimsy cup with the HF gun. I am not a professional and have maybe sprayed a total of two cars (mainly pieces here and there) I have sprayed a lot of steel structural stuff with the kobalt gun and it does good with paint and clear. I sprayed my 05 f150 fender with it, and you can't tell a difference in what I done and the factory paint (It was metallic silver two) after it was sanded and buffed. I originally bought the kobalt gun for furniture as I build quite a bit of furniture for family and myself as a hobby. I have sprayed laquer, urethane, and enamel with it. All has turned out well. The only downfall to the kobalt gun is the only tip you can get for it is a 1.4 tip. I plan to use the HF gun for primer with the 1.8 tip. If I had to choose, It would be the Kobalt gun hands down for the price. I am really curious about the other Kobalt "automotive" gun like all Industrial https://mechanicguides.com/best-60-g...ir-compressor/ There are a lot of useful videos on this subject on Youtube, I'll leave one here,Hope this helps someone. Good luck!

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Old 01-26-2019, 02:56 PM
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Whats better bottom feed or gravity feed for an airbrush? I have to finally buy a new one.
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by ceh329 View Post
Whats better bottom feed or gravity feed for an airbrush? I have to finally buy a new one.
There is no "better". Just better for your use. See this link.

https://sites.google.com/site/donsai...vity-or-siphon
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Old 01-29-2019, 03:19 PM
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GRAVITY... ..

as far as a garage comp. I used 1 for many years. just had my regulator on my tank close to my brush.with a drier
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Gravity is much easier to deal with
  • You can paint with much small amounts of paint.
  • Its much less sensitive to viscosity.
  • Its mechanically simpler
  • No hanging jar to bump into your work or fingers.
However it is a little less flexible since you're stuck with a single cup size. I had so much frustration with my first brush which was a bottom feed. I almost gave up on airbrushing until I got a gravity feed. Now I have enough experience that I can use a bottom feed, but I'd recommend newbies start with a gravity feed.
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Hello, I started painting miniatures about three months ago, and I wanted to get an airbrush for a few reasons.
One, painting shades of white tends to be awful, and even the Ulthuan gray I use as a substitute tends to still produce visible brush strokes. This is especially important, as I have Black Templar Space Marines.

Two, I wanted to be able to prime miniatures indoors, and paint large areas of a model quickly.

Finally, I just wanted to take the next step as a painter and generally improve the way my models look. From what I understand airbrushes can make things like fabric that involve gradients/color transitions look nicer, and are capable of producing some very nice effects.

I was just wondering what airbrushes that are both good for beginners and high quality. I also want it to serve me well for quite a while; while I want something that a beginner such as myself can effectively use with some practice, I don't want to have to buy a new one for a while. As far as price goes, I would prefer something less than $175. Finally, I should also note that I live in the United States, so if it's available at some place like Hobby Lobby that would be highly convenient.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

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Originally Posted by audreyspency View Post
Hello, I started painting miniatures about three months ago, and I wanted to get an airbrush for a few reasons.
One, painting shades of white tends to be awful, and even the Ulthuan gray I use as a substitute tends to still produce visible brush strokes. This is especially important, as I have Black Templar Space Marines.

Two, I wanted to be able to prime miniatures indoors, and paint large areas of a model quickly.

Finally, I just wanted to take the next step as a painter and generally improve the way my models look. From what I understand airbrushes can make things like fabric that involve gradients/color transitions look nicer, and are capable of producing some very nice effects.

I was just wondering what airbrushes that are both good for beginners and high quality. I also want it to serve me well for quite a while; while I want something that a beginner such as myself can effectively use with some practice, I don't want to have to buy a new one for a while. As far as price goes, I would prefer something less than $175. Finally, I should also note that I live in the United States, so if it's available at some place like Hobby Lobby that would be highly convenient.

Your help is greatly appreciated!
I would go with a Iwata Neo (cheapest comes stock with .35 needle set) The Iwata revolution comes stock with a .5mm needle set (this may be a little big for miniatures) or my favorite the Iwata Eclipse. Comes stock with a .35 needle set. I'm a side feed airbrush fan but for my first airbrush I would stick with gravity fed.
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TLDR and this thread is really old but I feel it is the best thread to post this as it has a wealth of information from what little I did read.

I am going to buy a new airbrush, maybe a kit if the quality in the whole package is not sub par. I have used gravity feed, HVLP paint guns on cars before and I have used a siphon feed finger gun too, but never a true airbrush. These have always been Binks or Devilbiss guns. I feel from my experience from these guns that a single action gravity feed internal mix airbrush will feel most natural to me and be easier to learn to airbrush with. I am not very coordinated and I think trying to learn to use dual action will cause me to be more discouraged than encouraged. With this all said, I found the Badger 200G. It is pretty much everything I described above that I would think i would like on my first airbrush. My question is; Does anyone know of a nice quality airbrush that would fit my wants other than the badger? I dont mind paying $100 to $200 for an airbrush as it is something I plan to keep and grow with. Right now it will be to paint RC car bodies, but GOD only knows what I may end up painting with it. I plan to learn to airbrush realistic flames and lightning to start out with. As for what type of paint...My understanding from the many you tube videos I have watched is I will be shooting acrylic paint. I am thinking the Tamiya brand acrylics as they are available to me within a twenty minute drive.
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My advice would be to still go with a double action airbrush. When you start to progress as a painter the double action will be more useful than a single action. I recommend the Patroit 105. This is a very forgiving airbrush that is not too finicky with paint reduction. Iwatas are good but the Badgers are so easy to learn with and a lot less frustration. For paints I only use the Createx family of paints. Wicked mostly.

Pass you soon...

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Originally Posted by lil-bump View Post
My advice would be to still go with a double action airbrush. When you start to progress as a painter the double action will be more useful than a single action. I recommend the Patroit 105. This is a very forgiving airbrush that is not too finicky with paint reduction. Iwatas are good but the badgers are so easy to learn with a lot less frustration. For paints I only use the Createx family of paints. Wicked mostly.

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ok, thank you.

I do read that a lot about the double action as people progress and get more advanced. Patriot 105. I will look for a kit with one.

As for the needle size, what size needle is going to put me in the ballpark of learning flames and lightning on the RC bodies? I plan to use stencils to airbrush with.

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ok, thank you.

I do read that a lot about the double action as people progress and get more advanced. Patriot 105. I will look for a kit with one.

As for the needle size, what size needle is going to put me in the ballpark of learning flames and lightning on the RC bodies? I plan to use stencils to airbrush with.
A Badger 105 with a .5 or .7 mm nozzle you should have no trouble shooting opaques,pearls, candies and even some metal flakes. I believe A .35 needle and nozzle can shoot some of the paints I listed but you may have to reduce the paint a little more. I can shoot slightly water down liquid mask through my Thayer and Chandler (made by Badger) with a 1 mm needle and nozzle set with no issues. Here is Badger 105 in action.


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That is a nice gun. I found a patriot 105/compressor combination that looks of nice quality, but I cant seam to find in the USA to minimize shipping costs. I may just have to order from overseas.

https://www.everythingairbrush.com/p...ax-compressor/
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[QUOTE=webphut;15829785]That is a nice gun. I found a patriot 105/compressor combination that looks of nice quality, but I cant seam to find in the USA to minimize shipping costs. I may just have to

Have you looked at Spraygunner yet? If you are in the states I would NOT look at international sites. Why buy an American made brush international? That's a waste of money. I would Not go for an airbrush specific compressor. Been there...done that....

Whatever compressor you get. Get one with reservoir tank.

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I did see spraygunner. Unfortunately, they are out of stock.
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I was at Michaels arts and crafts yesterday and I see that they have like literally 4 full isles of Acrylic paints. I did not see any brands I see mentioned on these forums, EX; Createx, Tamiya. Has anybody used these local arts and craft store brand acrylic paints for RC bodies? I looked at a few and read the directions to see how to thin them and I did not really se anything on the labels. The store employees told me that many artists just use water, while some use actual thinner or reducers. The only painting experience I have is when I use to shoot PPG automotive paint with a Binks or Devilbiss HVLP gun. This was 20 years ago and the paints were so different. I would shoot my RC car bodies with the PPG, but I think the Lexan will melt. I found Createx wicked and Tamiya with in 20 minutes from my home, but was just curious if anyone has experience with the arts and craft Acrylic paints.
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