My wife and I are planning on purchasing an air brush gun and compressor. Any advice on what to look for or any recommendations ? I’m new to this but I feel it will enhance my overall gunpla abilities with practice.
I would recommend Iwata for the airbrush. I have a Badger Patriot and an Iwata HP-CR. The Iwata is for sure the better of the two that I own.
For the compressor, I’ve been using one from Harbor Freight for years and it has held up very well.
I have a airbrush set that my dad got for me as a present that is from Harbor Freight. Haven’t used it yet, still need to get a paint booth. I’ll keep in mind the Iwata airbrush if the one from my kit doesn’t work out well.
Appreciate the input. I will look into Iwata. There was almost information overload when I initially began researching. It helps to know what other gunpla builders are using.
Iwata and Harder Steenbeck airbrushes are some of the best one’s to buy. I mostly use an Iwata HP-CS now all of my cheaper airbrushes I gave away. Its Iwata’s intermediate airbrush. It’s a good around double action airbrush. I also have a Harder Steenbeck Genius which has 0.15 nozzle that I plan on using solely for panel lines and other fine details. My next purchase will be an Iwata hi-line CH which I plan on using for colors and I plan on using my old HP-CS for priming only.
As for compressors that a whole different story. If you plan on doing a lot of painting buy a compressor with a tank otherwise you’ll burn up the compressor from over heating and the constant noise will drive you nuts. I have and Aztek compressor with a tank, but I want to upgrade that to a larger one. The benefits to using a compressor with a tank is it provides a more consistent airflow and the compressor isn’t running as much. I know a guy who uses 1.5 gallon Craftsmans air compressor. You can really use any compressor when it comes down to it.
I do recommend buying a inline filter and a quick disconnect for the airbrush as well.
My first compressor was one of these
Lasted over 10yrs and would of lasted longer if I would of been better about making sure there was no water build up in tank.
For the brush, I started with a cheaper one that only had a single button on it. It was a pain in the ass because the consistency of the paint had to be perfect for it to work properly. I swapped to a dual action gravity fed brush. It was more expensive, but its worth it. I can put in smaller amounts of paint ( Gundam doesn’t usually take much), it isn’t so sensitive to the viscosity, and I can control the flow to do preshading.
Thank you everyone for the responses and advice. This forum has been such an incredibly useful resource for this newbie. Thanks!
Late reply but you can keep it very simple. no need to spend a lot of money on the brand name stuff.
I started with a simple tanked compressor like this:
And a set of cheap airbrush:
And a small spray booth:
I went with that setup for more than a year before I got a brand name airbrush for fine detail work. You can see some of my work using this setup here: