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Where do I start thinking about an airbrush setup? Go Cheap to try out or spend a bit?
22. September, 13:02
Treehugger
1) Needle size (I use 0.35 iirc), but perhaps too large for painting figures and tiny stuff. I also have a 0.5 neelde airbrush, but I really never use it. Maybe I could start using it for gloss coats, unsure.
2) Quality. Well, a cheap airbrush might work, but if the needle isn't always centered, you might end up with clogging in my experience. And then you might end up buying more than one cheap airbrush,
3) I prefer a self centereing nozzle (Iwata HP-CS Eclipse), one large nozzle that is easier to clean because it isn't super tiny nor something you have to screw off. Also expensive if/when you replace it.
4) Never rub the tip of a fragile nozzle, not even with the skin of your fingers (that was a lot of money out the window one day, it happened unintentionlally)
5) Forget about siphon feed airbrush (bottom fed), instead get one with gravity fed paint with a paint cup on top.
6) Size of paintcup on top, ought to be, not too small, or you can't airbrush much stuff without refilling, and maybe not too large, if you are airbrushing smaller scale models and not t-shirts or very large models.
7) I am only familiar with an aircompressor with a tank. Faller/SilAir some older model.
8) You will need the typical airbrush "pot", for both cleaning (spraying into), and it also functions as a stand.
9) You will need a spray booth with proper ventilation, or risk contaminating your room and/or iimpacting your health negatively imho.
10) I only use acrylic paint (Vallejo) which is much less obnoxious/noxious/toxic than enamel paint and I am happy with it.
11) Vallejo primer paint, ought to be always sifted into a mixing jar to remove small flakes of dried paint, or risk major clogging issues. I have now, zero, clogging issues doing it this way when airbrushing Vallejo primer paint.

I think the biggest issue here, is aquiring a spray booth that vents outside an open window, via a 1m hose or somesuch. Hopefully you won't have neighbours that will complain about that kind of activity next to them.

A typical airbrush is 'dual action'. I.e press down for full air, and pull back for adjusting flow/amount of paint. Some have an additional function, like adjusting the air on the airbrush but this can also be done with a valve on the end of the airbrush, connected to the air hose from the air compressor.

You might want to, at some point, want a paint limiter. This is usually a rotating knob at the end of the airbrush handle, which sets a limit to how far back you can pull the knob when airbrushing, thus limiting the flow of paint. Sometimes it is good to know that you don't risk putting on too much paint on accident or being overly eager. For my Iwata airbrush, I had to buy such a paint limiter as an accesory.

Always have a spare needle and a spare nozzle around, just for that one day, you do something stupid when handling your airbrush.
22. September, 13:46
Roland Gunslinger
What do you want to do with it? I mean, only larger areas or also freehand camos? Which scale?
In short: whoever saves here pays twice. Better buy something good right away :)
22. September, 16:00
brianireland
@treehugger thanks so much, that's lots to think about, plenty of food and I appreciate your answer and the time you took.

Similarly, thank you very much @roland . I think you're right about saving once and buying twice. I am doing 1.72 models now but have some big flat 1:35 armour in the stash too.

Could one save on a compressor and buy a good brush?
23. September, 19:41
Treehugger
You will want to have a spray booth. Even the airbrush cleaning liquid is nasty, if you use the Vallejo airbrushing cleaner liquid.
25. September, 09:59
brianireland
It sounds like it is definitely an investment, so!
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Spanjaard
we are usually harder on ourselves than anybody else... so as long as you enjoy doing it the way you want, who cares if other people do not like it? ;) go for it, and have fun :)
3. September, 16:25
brianireland
Thanks! Working on how the paint scheme will look, might have some pictures shortly
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3. September, 16:47
Gordon Sørensen
The fit of the new kits are actually quite good. The interior fits into place on the fuselage, the notch on the former matches the stringer on the fuselage.
3. September, 17:38
brianireland
I think this one might have been in storage for a while, one fuselage half was more of a banana than I'd expect!
3. September, 18:00
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brianireland
Initial paint coats added..some more thought to go into this!
5. September, 09:24
Skywalker
What type of paint are you using? They looks like enamels applied with a brush. If so I would suggest 6 thin layers of paint to get an even coat. The trick is to get the consistency of the paint thin but it still should lay down without running.
6. September, 14:03
Augie
Brush painting is a art, but once you got it.. my advice masking.. thinish coats, and a flat brush Its how I do mine.
6. September, 14:37
Derek Huggett
...And Augie does it darn well! (Many envious Scalemates will probably agree!). Nice to see a bit of fun too - we can all take it too seriously sometimes! ;)
6. September, 15:15
brianireland
@Skywalker they're mr hobby metallics, definitely need another couple of coats. I'm going to mask for a boundary colour to straighten them up! Thanks for hints augie I havent been thinning them enough I think. Thanks to you all for stopping by!
6. September, 16:03
Augie
Ahh Mr hobby, yes they are a &&^%$ to paint with a brush. They need thinning with MR hobby thinners.
you actually need to go slightly thicker on the paint, but keep it wet on the model so it can self level
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Spanjaard
Listen to Augie .. she is the hairy stick Master here. no doubt about it
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Tom Beighley
I've yet to do a tank but I think that looks pretty good!
3. September, 16:11
brianireland
Thank you Tom! It's my first, I enjoyed it. I'm working on a jagdpanzer just now and apart from the repetition from the amount of wheels and fun with tracks, I've found them fun to build and paint.
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That feeling when you realise you have but 27 out of 28 wheel sets, and the one you're missing is one of the sprocket!

Are spares a thing? It's a trumpeter kit, 1:72 Jagdpanther. I have a plan to try to scratch build something close with some old watch parts....
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brianireland
Thanks all! First time building in a long time, I'm amazed at the resources available now.
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