I have a Badger 100LG which was fairly cheap and does the job, but I
think deVilbiss still make the best. The big problem with airbrushes
for me is always filling and cleaning, because most of them have very
small paint reservoirs. I am told that the best way to clean an
airbrush is to strip it and put the parts in an ultrasonic bath, which
sounds a bit excessive. It is certainly the case that cleaning the
needles adequately can be challenging without stripping, and careless
stripping and reassembly can break the needles.
Thank you very much for your response.
The comment regarding ultrasonic cleaning is well recieved - I had a
Badger ??? twenty-five years ago which died quite quickly from my
inability to clean it properly. Ultrasonic cleaners were rare and
expensive then !!
I suppose one gets what one is prepared to pay for.
True enough. The low-end Badgers are actually perfectly decent as
long as you're prepared to put up with gravity feed and a small
reservoir. I tried using syringes for filling, that was a waste of
time, but now you can get cheap plastic pipettes from hobby shops and
that will make filling a lot easier.
My approach to tools has, for a long time, been to buy a cheap one and
then if it wears out or is not quite good enough you know you can
justify a more expensive one and what features it needs. And of
course if it does not wear out then you have saved some money :-)
An ultrasonic cleaner is good for lots of things, including small
metal parts. I have heard tell of them being used to resuscitate
everything from watches to carburettors. I will ask in uk.rec.sheds
where they can be found for a sensible price.
Single action airbrushes are good enough for modelling work.
Double action is rather overkill unless you like to paint scale murals
on model walls.
Even the horribly cheap Badger and Chinese clones will marginally do the
job of weathering and they usually come with screw on glass jars.
(Chemists often have additional jars)
I'd tend to suggest you spend your extra cash on an ultrasonic cleaner
and cheap airbrush, then upgrade to a better quality single action airbrush
when you find the cheapy is inadequate.
Hello, Greg. P.
Thank you for your comments.
I have just been given a Humbrol "Hobbycraft" ( Badger something under
license ?? ) double-action with the cheery words " If you can get it
to work you can have it " - Well, half a day later having stripped,
soaked, cleaned, polished, re-soldered needle adjuster screw and
turned various hose adaptors on the old lathe - it works passably
I now agree fully with all recommendations to obtain an ultrasonic
cleaner, and intend to do just that before attempying to paint