Tired of spray can paint so I'm about to be a first time airbrush user
but have not purchased one - yet. Seems like the only ones I can get
reasonably and locally are a 200-3, 250-3 or 350-3. All apparently come
with a propellant can and appear to have med tips. I intend to use mine
on a larger air compressor (yes, I can dial the output wayyyyy down)
however I have no idea what else might be required to do so.
Q1, which would you recommend for a first time user? I'll be doing car
models mostly, larger ships off and on and on a rare occasion an aircraft.
Q1, what else do I need in order to adapt one of these over for regular
air compressor use, assuming I can?
Thanks for your input,
I've owned a Badger 350 for about 20 years now (yes, the same one with
new parts when needed) and also own a Badger 175 Crescendo double action
airbrush. The 350 is bare-bones easy to use and clean and is very
affordable. My only warning in its use is the way its 'o' ring handles
lacquers and lacquer thinner - they soften it and it will need
replacing. I'm using my 350 on a Trumpeter Abrams tonight and it still
works just great. Mineral spirits and water have no effect on it...
The Crescendo offers greater control over paint volume, allowing
tighter lines and finer control but there is a little getting used to
it. I like its heft and control and the fact that it uses the same
hoses as the 350. It's all metal inside and has no problem working with
Now, I used to think 'start with a single action and move to a double
action after I get some experience airbrushing' but that's not really
the case. I got the Crescendo because my airbrushing wants outpaced the
350's ability to produce fine, fine lines. Squiggles and getting into
tight areas are done with the Crescendo. The 350 still gets the most
airtime and will continue to do so. If you're doing cars, ships and the
odd-aircraft, the 350 would be a fine airbrush. Now, if the cars are
flamed, the ships are 1/700th dazzle-camouflaged and the aircraft
squiggle-painted Stukas, I'd recommend the double action. It's not more
difficult to learn, just different. Either way you go, clean it
immediately after you're done painting.
As for additional things to buy for compressor use, get a brass adapter
coupling that will fit between the hose and the compressor fitting,
usually a 1/4" to a 1/8" reducing fitting. Drill a small hole in the
side of it to relieve the pressure on the compressor for times you stop
spraying paint. It'll help give the compressor a longer life. Get a
moisture trap and a good regulator to control the working pressure and
some Teflon tape for the connections. Other than that, you should be in
good shape. And, get a few mixing bottles that fit the airbrush. I'm
forever cleaning out the same ones, looking for a useable one...
Hope this helps...
And The Kranicks opened up and revealed to the
world news: firstname.lastname@example.org:
I picked up a 350 at Big Lots, it was in a bag and didn't carry the Badger
logo. But when I was at their site a short while after I'd bought it, I
was "surprised" to find it there. . .
When I'd opened it though I did reconize the instruction sheet as being an
identical copy of the instructions that came with my Badger Airbrush.
Where it should say Badger it just says Airbrush, and there's a sticker on
the handle that carries the "Royal" something or other name.
And email@example.com (e) opened up and revealed to the world
When I was at "my" Big Lot's I think that I snagged the last one as well.
And like ya said at that price it was well worth it. If they'd had more I
think I'd have grabbed an extra one as well. . . As at that price they're
almost disposable. . .;-)