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Hi everyone, I'm looking for some opinions regarding airbrushes and paints. More specifically what brands do you like/use (and why).

First, let me tell you what my issue is. Lately I've not been able to complete much of anything mostly due to time constraints, but also because of some issues with my "spraying paint" habits. I'm using two cheap Iwata clones made by Fengda. Yes, I know, not a good idea, but at the time I bought them I didn't want to spend too much and Iwata is incredibly expensive in my country (probably between 1.5x and 2x what they cost in US). They worked well for a time but lately one of them is no longer working at all and the other one works ok when I start (for like 10min) and then I have to completely clean it up. And even so it doesn't spray very well the paint. And since I really don't have that much time for painting if I spend it all trying to convince the airbrush to work then I'm really not going to be able to do any painting at all.

The funny thing is they all worked very well in the beginning. Nothing changed in my setup, I still use the same compressor, the same paints, in the same room with the same temperature/humidity settings etc. It looks like the cheap clones start deteriorating after a while. So I'm now thinking instead of spending huge amounts of money on tons of kits maybe I should invest in a better airbrush. I'm looking at a Harder & Steenbeck Evolution one. Any opinions ? Seems to be cheaper here than Iwata.

As far as the paint goes I have been using Vallejo Model Air. Mainly because I can't stand enamel or laquer-based paint smell (and that includes Tamiya or MRP). It's also advertised as non-toxic and it's very easy for me to find it here. Unfortunately it also seems to clog the airbrush very fast (or maybe it's the cheap airbrush fault?). I've been trying some AK paints, they seem to clog less than Vallejo but what I don't like about some of them is that they seem to be pre-thinned too much, they are almost tra...
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Spanjaard yep, i use similar pressure that i use.
22. November at 13:32:29
Dan M What paint:thinner ratio do you use for Vallejo primers ?
22. November at 15:52:09
Wim van der Luijt .....well I usually add 2 drops flow improver, three drops of thinner and 10 drops paint in the cup (in that order) and I mix by letting everything bubble in the cup. I have the open airhead so I do this by pinching the front of the AB whilst pressing and pulling the trigger, air can't get out the front and will bubble in the cup, mixing the contents. (also great for cleaning between colours) I also have the cap H&S sells for that purpose....but anything that block the flow of air without bending your needle will do I guess.

This is quite thin so forget about spraying in one go....build up the layers or it will run and look terrible

The vallejo paints have gotten me to a point where I was ready to buy a new AB, but after half a week of trawling google and youtube I found I way to work with them without problems....I love their colour range and my local hobby shop carries the whole range so I guess I'm commited now :)

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22. November at 20:43:02
Martin Oostrom To bubble the paint, you can also unscrew the nozzle by 2-3 mm. That also breaks the airseal.
THanks for the ratio Wim. You're the master.
22. November at 21:21:47
Wim van der Luijt Hope it works for you guys as well
22. November at 22:43:35
Konrad Limmer Thank you Wim great tip .
23. November at 07:29:08
Dan M Thanks for all the good tips, going to try them, will let you know how it all went!
23. November at 10:56:59
Luca I use the same procedure as Wim van der Luijt with a
cheap Fengda 0.2
23. November at 16:24:08
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November 22, 2017

Dan M added the AFV Club Centurion MK5/1 Turret Basket Upgrade set ~AFV Club~ in 1:35 to his wishlist
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Dan M added the Meng Model Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II (Meng Model LS-007)
 
Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II
Meng Model 1:48
LS-007
2017 | New tool
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22. November at 16:50:05 Share
Dan M added the Meng Model SPECIALISTS & ROBOTS (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 SPECIALISTS & ROBOTS (Meng Model HS-003)
U.S. EXPLOSIVE ORDANCE DISPOSAL
SPECIALISTS & ROBOTS
Meng Model 1:35
HS-003
2015 | New tool
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22. November at 16:40:28 Share
Dan M added the Takom Merkava Mk.2 in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Merkava Mk.2 (Takom 2080)
 
Merkava Mk.2
Takom 1:35
2080
2018* | New tool
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22. November at 12:08:26 Share

November 21, 2017

Dan M added the AFV Club Sd.Kfz.263 in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Sd.Kfz.263 (AFV Club AF35263)
Schwerer Panzerfunkwagen Sd.Kfz.263 8-Rad
Sd.Kfz.263
AFV Club 1:35
AF35263
2012 | Changed parts
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21. November at 13:54:26 Share

November 20, 2017

Dan M added the AFV Club Wiesel 1A1-A2 TOW in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Wiesel 1A1-A2 TOW (AFV Club AF35265)
 
Wiesel 1A1-A2 TOW
AFV Club 1:35
AF35265
2014 | Changed parts
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20. November at 15:49:37 Share
Dan M added the AFV Club Wiesel 1A1/A3 MK20 in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Wiesel 1A1/A3 MK20 (AFV Club AF35275)
 
Wiesel 1A1/A3 MK20
AFV Club 1:35
AF35275
2015 | Changed parts
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20. November at 15:49:29 Share
Dan M added the Meng Model Merkava Mk.3D Late LIC (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 Merkava Mk.3D Late LIC (Meng Model TS-025)
Israel Main Battle Tank
Merkava Mk.3D Late LIC
Meng Model 1:35
TS-025
2015 | Changed parts
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20. November at 14:23:07 Share
Dan M added the Meng Model Nochri Degem Dalet Heavy Mine Roller System (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 Nochri Degem Dalet Heavy Mine Roller System (Meng Model SPS-021)
Israel
Nochri Degem Dalet Heavy Mine Roller System (For TS-001 & TS-025)
Meng Model 1:35
SPS-021
2015 | Changed parts
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20. November at 14:12:03 Share

November 19, 2017

Dan M added the MiniArt Flettner Fl 282 V-21 Kolibri in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Flettner Fl 282 V-21 Kolibri (MiniArt 41003)
 
Flettner Fl 282 V-21 Kolibri
MiniArt 1:35
41003
2018* | New tool
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November 18, 2017

Dan M added the Tamiya German Assault Pioneer Team & Goliath Set in 1:35 to his wishlist
18. November at 16:00:49 Share
Dan M added the Meng Model Russian Main Battle Tank T-72B1 (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 Russian Main Battle Tank T-72B1 (Meng Model TS-033)
 
Russian Main Battle Tank T-72B1
Meng Model 1:35
TS-033
2017 | Changed parts
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18. November at 15:55:20 Share
Dan M added the Takom ZSU-57-2 (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 ZSU-57-2 (Takom 2058)
 
ZSU-57-2 Soviet Spaag
Takom 1:35
2058
2016 | New tool
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18. November at 15:54:57 Share
Dan M added the Academy R.O.K. ARMY K2 "Black Panther" in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 R.O.K. ARMY K2 "Black Panther" (Academy 13511)
 
R.O.K. ARMY K2 "Black Panther"
Academy 1:35
13511
2017 | New tool
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18. November at 10:23:23 Share
Dan M added the Academy F-4C in 1:48 to his wishlist
1:48 F-4C (Academy 12294)
 
F-4C "Vietnam War"
Academy 1:48
12294
2013 | Changed parts
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November 17, 2017

Dan M added the MiniArt M3 Lee Early Prod. in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 M3 Lee Early Prod. (MiniArt 35206)
Interior Kit
M3 Lee Early Prod.
MiniArt 1:35
35206
2018* | New tool
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17. November at 09:43:38 Share
Dan M added the Tamiya T-55 in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 T-55 (Tamiya 35324)
IRAQI TANK
T-55 "ENIGMA"
Tamiya 1:35
35324 (324)
2012 | Changed parts
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17. November at 00:18:43 Share
Dan M added the Aber Grilles for Russian Tank T-55A also for T-55 ENIGMA in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Grilles for Russian Tank T-55A also for T-55 ENIGMA (Aber 35G29)
 
Grilles for Russian Tank T-55A also for T-55 ENIGMA Tamiya
Aber 1:35
35G29 (35 G29)
2014 | New tool
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17. November at 00:18:39 Share

November 16, 2017

Dan M added the Takom M47/G Patton (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 M47/G Patton (Takom 2070)
 
M47/G Patton
Takom 1:35
2070
2017 | New tool
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16. November at 17:42:39 Share
Dan M added the Takom T30/34 (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 T30/34 (Takom 2065)
 
T30/34 U.S. Heavy Tank
Takom 1:35
2065
2017 | Changed parts
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16. November at 17:42:26 Share
Dan M added the Takom T29E3 (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 T29E3 (Takom 2064)
 
T29E3 U.S. Heavy Tank
Takom 1:35
2064
2017 | New tool
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16. November at 17:42:19 Share

November 15, 2017

Dan M added a new project.
Status: Ideas | Scale: 1:35 | Albums: 0
1:35 Leclerc Series 2 (Tamiya 35279)1:35 French equipment accessories set (Black Dog T35173)1:35 Leclerc Serie 2 (Eduard 35844)1:35 Leclerc MBT Workable Track Link (Bronco AB3525)1+
15. November at 11:27:53 Share
Dan M added the Tamiya Douglas A-1J Skyraider (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 Douglas A-1J Skyraider (Tamiya 61073)
 
Douglas A-1J Skyraider U.S. Air Force
Tamiya 1:48
61073
2000 | Changed parts
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15. November at 11:20:39 Share
Dan M added the Tamiya Leclerc Series 2 (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 Leclerc Series 2 (Tamiya 35279)
French
Leclerc Series 2
Tamiya 1:35
35279 (279)
2005 | New tool
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15. November at 11:20:15 Share

November 14, 2017

Dan M added the Trumpeter Modern U.S. Army Armor Crewman & Infantry in 1:35 to his wishlist
14. November at 12:01:03 Share

November 13, 2017

Dan M added the Trumpeter Heavy flamethrower personnel carrier BMO-T in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Heavy flamethrower personnel carrier BMO-T (Trumpeter 09549)
 
Heavy flamethrower personnel carrier BMO-T
Trumpeter 1:35
09549
2017 | New tool
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13. November at 19:38:30 Share
Dan M added the Black Dog Tentage+bedrols N°3 in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Tentage+bedrols N°3 (Black Dog T35143)
 
Tentage+bedrols N°3
Black Dog 1:35
T35143
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13. November at 12:41:44 Share
Dan M added the Black Dog British equipment in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 British equipment (Black Dog T35021)
 
British equipment accessories set
Black Dog 1:35
T35021
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13. November at 12:41:29 Share

November 12, 2017

Dan M added the Trumpeter Russian 30N6E Flaplid Radar System in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Russian 30N6E Flaplid Radar System (Trumpeter 01043)
 
Russian 30N6E Flaplid Radar System
Trumpeter 1:35
01043
2018* | Changed parts
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12. November at 20:17:33 Share

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