Im looking to buy an airbrush and compressor. But looking on Hannants
website there is quite a few to choose from.
Im looking for something that not going to break the bank initially or in
the long run, not 100% professional as I cant justify spending the cash on
it. But I also dont want to spend my money on something that turns out to be
a 'dogs tod'.
Any recommendations? approx £185-200 ($300, 300?)
Cheers up front and all that q:-D
Firstly, I'd like to steer you away from a compressor. Most of the ones
available to the modeling community are small, noisy tarts with no RESERVE TANK
and they don't work well with regulators.
The reserve tank is desired so that you don't get a "pulsing" from the piston
whilst spraying. If you go to a DIY store and find a suitable compressor for
under a hundred, great!
has plenty of airbrushes and other supplies. Check them out first. Get a double
action; this is no time for baby steps. IWATA
For air source, you'll want to check CO2 power. Most towns have a place that
services pop and beer servers. You can rent a 5 lb tank, or buy one outright
and get refills for around a 100 pounds. You'll never need to repair this, a
compressor is another story. You'll also need a regulator to go along with it
so you can dial in your spray pressure. Single color autos you can spray at 25
psi, Luftwaffe camouflage you'll need to dial down to 12 psi.
The Keeper (of too much crap!)
Uhm, hard to say... I remember someone saying that airbrushes are like
ladies: someone likes blondes, someone likes brunettes or redheads...
I got the Testors/Aztek double action some years ago and really like
it (and also blondes :) easy to use and very easy to clean. And if you
break the nozzle or bend the needle you just have to buy a new nozzle
(at around 10 USD). Oh, yeah, it's all plastic. I love that lightness.
Instead I never had the right "feel" with my previous Badger 200.
However if you are looking for something more "professional", and with
a finer line, then you should look at something like Iwata and
Btw, sometimes hobby shops or art shops let you try the airbrush
before you buy. Unless you are ordering by mail, try asking...
Hope this helps
FWIW, I use a Nitrogen bottle picked up from
a local welding supplier, an oxygen welding regulator (with a different inlet
fitting for nitrogen) from a local military surplus, a small increment guage
from Hobby Lobby, and voilà! A whole lot cheaper than a compressor, and
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your
eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to
return. --Leonardo Da Vinci
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There must be some sort of industry on your side of the pond that supplies
compressed gasses; try welding supplies. If you've already got a compressor all
you need is a "reserve tank" to put it in. In auto supply stores they may sell
an "air carry can." You fill it up with air and then you can fill car tires at
distant spots like road break downs, race tracks, etc. I run my compressor for
four minutes into my reserve tank and this gives me about 20 psi (I think they
use BAR on your side) which is good for spraying several colors. Find a
suitable compressed gas container and use your compressor to fill it. You can
add a regulator later. Look/ask around a junkyard for something usable.
The Keeper (of too much crap!)