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« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2017, 11:04:12 PM »

The badger 150 was my first dual action gun.  It's a good choice!
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« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2017, 03:29:18 PM »

Here is a solution for an air compressor and air brush.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gR0WC7Uk7QU
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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2017, 10:30:35 AM »

Many thanks for all the suggestions and advice. In the end I got a dual action Badger 150, after solid recommendations from Tim Horne and others, plus a Badger compressor too. Neither were cheap, and I accept that I could probably have got an equally good set-up for much less money, but I had a bit of cash to spend so played safe. I've yet to try it out with paint, but have made sure it all connects up and switched it on. Very pleased at how quiet the compressor is. I don't think it's going to annoy anybody even at night. No hose included with either item, which seems a bit stingy. Luckily I already had one though.
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« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2017, 03:52:35 PM »

Great! Now you can post piccies of exquisite paint jobs.  Surprised by the lack of hoses, more than bit niggardly of the supplier. Badgers do come with hoses, or at least they did.
DO clean the Airbrush after each session with fastidious care.  A bit of dried paint  will decidedly mess it up.
You  May or may not feel the need for an air tank for that compressor.
IF so... Lotsa  Youtube DIY videos on the subject, using anything from;  Coca cola bottles to old Fire extinguishers.
 You may need some type of Water trap though .. one on the Comp isn't enough on a humid day. You will know when the thing spits out water.
g'luck
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« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2017, 08:17:56 PM »

Just a few thoughts from having a bunch of air brushes and early teens using them.

You cannot get airbrushes too clean. Pipe cleaners work great for cleaning. I mostly used Paasche VL and H models, but I  agree the Harbor freight ones should work fine. I buy most of my airbrushes from eBay. Paasche makes a great, old, diaphragm type compressor that works well and is very quiet. You will need a moisture trap/regulator. I got an airbrush and compressor that served me well for $75.00 including shipping, used, from eBay.

If you use the VL, double action models, extra tips, needles and triggers come in handy.

The large diameter #5 tips and needles work best for acrylic paints. Filtering is also important. Lady's hose work pretty well. With a funnel.
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« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2018, 08:51:11 AM »

I have just bought the HF $22 airbrush and am looking for info on how to use its controls. I've looked at a number of YouTube videos but none answered my questions.

My only past experience was years ago with a single action Badger. That airbrush had a adjustment screw at the end that was used to move the needle in and out. Here's the gun.

I'm unsure how to adjust the HF airbrush. From what I can see, it seems the needle position is manually pushed in or out and the screw in the body is used to lock its position. If this is the case, then fine adjustments seem difficult.

I tested the HF gun and found it to work OK but the spray pattern was pretty large and indefinite. I am trying to use Tamiya acrylic paint on models with wingspans of 12" to 18", and am finding it hard to do a WW2 camo design, for example. How can I make the edge sharper with less overspray?



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« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2018, 08:02:38 AM »

How can I make the edge sharper with less overspray?
I have not experience with airbrush, but in my youth I did a lot of static display plastic models a read a lot.
For sharp edges, the only way is masking with tape. For edges a little blury, the trick is to make a hard paper pattern and hold in place with one hand but in the air, a bit rised, so it´ll have a "gap" between model and pattern of about 1 mm (a bit more than 1/32 inch. maybe 1/16), so the spray goes under the pattern just a bit. You will have to run several test untill you find the best "pressure / high of gap / speed of airbrushing" combo.
Again: I´ve never used an airbrush, but seen a lot  Undecided
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« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2018, 02:30:36 PM »

I found this to an informative thread.
Thanks  Grin
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