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Hi Guys
what to do some colour coded cars for SSD .
Ive bought 6 start cars and what to paint them so what type of good cheap air brush should I buy ?
help needed many thanks ade.
 
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My airbrush is - AB-130 Professional Precision Double Action Airbrush Ref: AB-130:

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http://www.everythingairbrush.com/acatalog/Gravity_Feed.html

I use a quick release: Airbrush Quick Release Fitting Tail - 5mm Male To 1/8"BSP Female Ref: ADAPTOR-ABA-71-BSP-K

and the other bit: Airbrush Quick Release Mini Coupling Body & Tail Kit Ref: AB-117

you can use this one, you can control the airflow: Quick Release Body & Tail Kit with Air Pressure Adjustment - 1/8bsp Ref: AB-120

hose: AB-24 Highly Flexible 1.8 meter Rubber Braided Air Hose Ref: aAB-24

 

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There's cheap and there's throwing money away. The cheaper Chinese Iwata copies on ebay work well for some people but just as many have horrible results - like I did. A bit like a Friday afternoon car! After my experience I bought an Iwata Revolution CR and have been very happy with it indeed and you can pick them up quite readily for under £80 now. Be aware that the AB is useless without a compressor though so you'll need to budget for one of those - cans of compressed gas don't last long and work out very expensive as well as offering no control for the pressure. If all you want to do is some basic repaints you might be better off getting some rattle cans instead. With good prep and some polish once the paint has cured (no different to an AB in that respect) you'll still get really good results and you'll have spent far less than the £150 or so that a basic AB and compressor setup will cost you.

Just my opinion and everyone's got one of course! Good luck with whatever direction you choose to take.

Cheers,

Roger
 

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Hi Phil
thank for that is there anythink I shouldnt buy?
and what about the compressor any good idea?
regards ade.
 
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Air pressure - you can use this one, you can control the airflow: Quick Release Body & Tail Kit with Air Pressure Adjustment - 1/8bsp Ref: AB-120

You will need an air trap without doubt, I use Auto Air paint with very good results.

Auto Air colour is very good, but you can get others I went for this make after trying a sample. I like the coverage, the paint gives up its colour even with thin layers.

You will need a transparent base (white undercoat really) and Fast reducer to thin the paint. 3 to one mix depending on the type of paint.

As mentioned above, cheep copies don't work! (Friday afternoon ones)but everything Airbrush give great support.

Just look at the rubbish I've knocked out! lol







 

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cheap £15 double action air brushes work good for slot cars, masking and prep work takes the most time, airbrushing the colour on is only about 5 percent or the work involved. unless your a professional artist/illustrater you dont really want a £200 airbrush. try the cheap one first, its not £15 wasted it might just be what you want. john.
 

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thanks Phil.
Hi Jon yes thats how I think at the mo .
have sprayed 1:1 cars before so I know its in the prep.
and have got a large compressor and spray guns and all the kit
but didnt want to use this in my loft

so just want a cheapish but not carp and I hope I could get some feed back on here
from the people who have used airbrushes and could give some help on what to buy
and ofcourse what not to buy thanks ade.
 

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Hi,

I bought my first airbrush early in 2011, after a few years of spray cans. I went to Machine Mart and bought the Clarke Pro Airbrush Kit (Code: CAB2P) and the Wiz Mini Air Compressor (there is a link from the Airbrush page to the comp). The whole setup was less than £100, and I havnt had a problem yet.

I know for a fact that Graham Poulton of GP Miniatures, use's the above compressor, and if you have seen his work, he is the man!

I have painting loads of shells with the airbrush and I love it. Light coats for metallic colours, and 'wet' look coats for other paints, either are easy to achieve.

Regards
Jon
 

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Hi,

I work with an Badger 150, perhaps not one of the cheapest I admit. But, it has good qualities, you can change needles and heads from big, medium or fine and Badger is a brand that always can provide spare parts. I have mine for 20 years now, I've done lots of stuff with it and it still works as the day I bought it. Of course maintenance is everything, always clean it thoroughly after each session.

If you're looking to buy one always ask yourself what you want to do with it, If you're a beginner a single action airbrush something like this will be fine:

It's not thrown away money sometimes, for certain jobs, this model is more preferred than a sophisticated model. They can be used alongside.
Always make sure that you can spray solvents, like thinner or white spirit, with it, even if you are planning to work with acrylics. There are airbrushes with rubber fittings in them, that you can trough away when used with solvents, and they are not always the cheap ones.

If you buy a compressor, buy one that has a current airflow an air regulation unit, best is one with a small air tank attached. There are compressors when they compress air, they give little air-shocks, this is not a good one, so avoid buying one of these.

I hope this has made you a little wiser.

Cheers,
Danny
 
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