Thanks, Spanjaard! Very helpful. Definitely gong to try out the flat base suggestion!
And timely advice too. I just spent the evening disassembling my airbrushes, cleaning and figuring out the various problems I was having, and learnt a lot in the process.
Firstly, my issue with the .5 airbrush was simply due to the fact that the nozzle cap was for a 0.3 nozzle. This resulted in very little air coming through the tiny gap in the nozzle cap hole around the nozzle tip. Once I found the correct cap with a larger hole it worked fine.
Secondly, "Clean, clean, clean". I realize now that the .3 airbrush, even though it was new, must have had some residue or build-up on the nozzle or needle. That was my first experience with airbrushing and I couldn't believe how little paint came out. It took forever to do any coverage. It got better over time and I'm sure that's simply because whatever was restricting the flow got worn away with usage.
So now I have three el cheapo airbrushes (0.2, 0.3 and 0.5) that are working perfectly and I couldn't be any happier.
The only downside to the cheap ones is that you have to do your own quality control and the spray pattern is pretty wide, even for the 0.2 nozzle, but for most modelers I would think that's a good thing.
13. November 2018, 09:10