Reddit reviews Master Airbrush 1/5 HP Compressor with Air Storage Tank Kit Model TC-20T - Professional Single-Piston with Pressure Regulator, Water Trap Filter, Hose - How To Airbrush Guide - Hobby, Cake, Tattoo Art
We found 75 Reddit comments about Master Airbrush 1/5 HP Compressor with Air Storage Tank Kit Model TC-20T - Professional Single-Piston with Pressure Regulator, Water Trap Filter, Hose - How To Airbrush Guide - Hobby, Cake, Tattoo Art. Here are the top ones, ranked by their Reddit score.
Professional high performance powerful 1/5 horse power single-piston airbrush air compressor with a large 3 liter air storage tank that allows constant air pressure and zero pusation. Includes 6 foot braided air hose and How To Airbrush Guide.Air is drawn from the large air storage tank providing you a constant regulated pressure. There's zero pulsation because air is drawn from the tank which eliminates any pulsation effect from the pistons. Delivers a high air volume of 0.8 cfm and a high air flow of 25 ltrs/min.Provides precise air adjustment control and clean, dry air because of it's true diaphragm pressure regulator with gauge and it's water trap filter. Portable, lightweight and compact compressor with a built-in carrying handle. Maintenance free, oil-less and quiet operation (59 db).Features an "air-on-demand system" that automatically shuts off air when not in use. It's preset for automatic turn off when air pressure reaches 57 psi and preset for automatic turn on at 43 psi.100% Satisfaction Guarantee: Buy with confidence, if you're not satisfied with this compressor at anytime within two years of purchase, we'll provide a refund or replacement.
Also not the original commenter, but I just bought an airbrush a few months ago and did a (read way too much) research into it. u/darcybono has pretty excellent advice on the Badger Patriot 105, it's a great brush.
This is a copy/paste from a conversation I had awhile back where someone asked about them like a month after I had started using mine. The sotar refers to the Sotar 20/20 the brush I wound up getting. I find the cone is a little smaller than I'd like, but haven't gotten a medium tip yet so I know it can go bigger.
>Amazon was fine for the sotar and this was the compressor I got.
>I also grabbed this cleaning kit but I don't use the upper brush holder because it doesn't fit the sotar. I actually 3d printed a stand for mine.
>You'll also want Vallejo airbrush thinner, iwata airbrush cleaner, and I recommend distilled water.
>If you haven't swapped your paints to dropper bottles I heavily recommend doing so. The GW pots really suck for it, though you can mitigate that some by using pipettes. Just make sure to get an agitator that isn't reactive like, I use hematite beads.
>Let me know if you have any other questions!
It's super fab, the compressor is quiet enough that I can use it when the house is asleep (I'm in a basement office of a two story home) I've used it a bunch for priming and have a couple projects I'm working toward where I'll be using it for base coating. I got one of the Munitorum Cargo Crate boxes and after testing basecoating on them I'll be moving to using the brush to basecoat my marines and such.
FIRST, Read this guide (It should answer most questions)
Then, My intro recommendations: (I've included Amazon links, but you can likely find better prices elsewhere)
Badger Krome (a solid intro airbrush) https://www.amazon.com/Badger-Air-Brush-RK-1-Additional-Regulator/dp/B0078MEXX8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1494523163&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=badger+krome
Compressor (make sure it has a moisture trap and hose or purchase these seperately)
Respirator (a must have for safety):
Cleaning pot (pipe cleaners optional)
Other things you will probably want
For a compressor get one with a tank, it assures a good even flow of air.
The one I have is:
The compressor I linked is pretty quiet as well.
For airbrushes I have:
The airbrush has worked great for me and looks very nice, it provides a good flow of paint and is very easy to clean.
For paint I use Vallejo model air, is needs to be thinned down a decent amount. I have also tried Citadel air paint and while it needs a small amount of thinning it worked well. There are lots of other good airbrushes as well, I have been very impressed with Badger's airbrushes, they are a little expensive around $100 but they are very good quality. Make sure you get paint reducer and airbrush cleaner as well, the reducer helps thin down the paint to prevent clogs in the airbrush.
I just use a cheap one from amazon, but it hasn't failed me yet: https://www.amazon.com/AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR--Airbrush-Published-Exclusively/dp/B001738DXU/
The ones with tanks are nice because they don't have to run constantly. That one is pretty quiet as well. On the more expensive side, people seem to like Iwata and Badger, but I don't have experience with them.
More important than two cylinders, see if you can find one with a holding tank, like this. It will give you much more consistent airflow, and the compressor won't run nearly as much.
That's a loaded question. I'm going to assume you want the cheapest price for a mid grade set up. I wouldn't recommend going cheaper than this set up personally. tl;dr roughly $170-$200 for a mid grade setup. Can you go cheaper? Yes, would I recommend it? No.
Air brush compressor with tank $100 (ideally you want one with a tank, the master one is actually pretty great but fairly loud, if you want a quieter one you will need to spend more $)
Air brush itself, start off with a quality midgrade brush. DON'T CHEAP OUT AND GET A LOW GRADE MASTER BRUSH TRUST ME. I started with a badger 105 which runs around $55-$70 and really like the thing, but will have to upgrade down the road if I want to do more than just base coating. It's spray pattern is very wide so for finer details it's really hard (for me) to use.
Airbrush flow improver. $10-$15 per 200ml. You will mix this 25(flow improver)/25(distilled water)/50(paint) for thinning purposes. Obviously some paints will need to be thinned more and others less. Generally you want the consistency of milk for your end product. Proper paint thinning and what psi to shoot it at will be one of the biggest things to learn when starting off airbrushing, but it's something you will learn fast through trail and error. I highly recommend getting some models you don't care about to get through this process. I was lucky enough to have my store manager let me practice painting some terrain for the store to get over my learning curve.
Airbrush cleaner + roll of paper towels. Once you are done with the paint and need to clean out the airbrush fill the cup with water, shoot out the water (into the airbrush pot) clean out the bowl with a paper towel, put cleaner in and shoot that out, then keep shooting water through till soap bubbles stop forming and water is clear.
Airbrush pot/holder this is really a great investment for $13 holds the airbrush and it gives you a place to spray your left overs/clean out your brush
I third this. With a small reservation, I would suggest getting a kit with a small tank like this as it will allow you to play with the airbrush for longer periods of time without having the engine overheat.
I've got the version with the tank. IIRC it cost only $20 more. I like it a lot! I have it paired with an Iwata HP-CS and it does its job marvelously. It's not particularly loud either. You could probably run it in another room without waking somebody up.
If I were you, I'd just save up the extra little bit of money and get the tank version so that the motor isn't constantly running and you can avoid risk of "pulsing" air.
edit: I didn't realize an airbrush comes with it as well. I can't comment on the quality of that, as I only bought a compressor. If you do get, make sure you leave it on the floor! This thing subtly vibrates while it's going and I didn't realize it was slowly creeping off the side of my bench. Scared the shit out of me when it crashed to the floor!
That's what I have. A compressor with a tank makes all the difference and a decent but cheap airbrush to mess with. Plus that stand/cleaning station thing is a life saver. It's so handy.
Compressor for less than $100. keep an eye out and you’ll find this crops up with airbrushes on it occasionally. Reason to get a compressor with a tank is that the compressor doesn’t run all the time. It fills the tank up then cuts out, comes back on when pressure is low. It comes with a regulator and water trap to regulate the airflow well. A good starter brush is an iwata neo.
Priming helps gives you a uniform surface to paint on and shows any imperfections in your model making which you can rectify before base coats. It also gives some bite to the paint. Easiest way of priming is a can of tamiya fine surface primer that’s in a rattle can. Shake and prime.
Wash sprues because why not? Some sprues have a mold release agent on them and gives then a soft feeling, once again it helps paint to stick. Not many people do but it doesn’t hurt.
You can get a decent, but pretty basic kit for $80 (http://www.amazon.com/Master-Airbrush-Multi-purpose-Dual-action-Compressor/dp/B001TO578Q/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1451448207&amp;sr=8-2-spell&amp;keywords=airrbrush+kit)
I have no experience with that airbrush, so I cannot speak of its quality. My recommendation is to buy the Iwata Neo from Hobby Lobby or Michaels. 50% off coupons are pretty easy to come by, so you could get it for $50-$60.
If you do that, you will need a compressor. The TC-20T (http://www.amazon.com/AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR--Airbrush-Published-Exclusively/dp/B001738DXU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1451448428&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=tc20t) is a good compressor that is pretty quiet and has a tank.
Personally, I have a Badge 105 Patriot and I just use a noisy Campbell-Hausfield compressor. I just got these for Christmas and am still experimenting with it before I paint a model.
I wish the best of luck to you!
I have this one and it has been good so far. I prefer tank as the motor is not continuously running. This is also beneficial as the motor doesn't heat up as quickly which is better for painting and increases the longevity.
Don't bother with the tankless models!
I own this guy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001738DXU/ref=pe_385040_30332200_TE_item
It's quiet as a cat's purr. Less expensive, has a tank (thus no pulsing of air pressure), and because it has a tank it's not on all the time. It's very small and fits inside a gunpla box! Don't bother with tankless models unless space is a big issue!
PS: Plus, it's on -55% off sale right now...
Hi there, well, for 300$ here is what you can get:
First of, the compressor, it's quiet, it's reliable, I've had one for 2 years, still kicking and it's a good deal, 1/5 hp MASTER AIRBRUSH TANK COMPRESSOR , that is the best for the money. Now, if you want an Iwata airbrush, start off with a Neo, this is gonna be your workhorse airbrush, the one you apply basecoats and major workloads with, when you do fnd it, don't pay more than 60$ for it, Iwata Neo, and finally, for detailing jobs like highights or if you wanna get more detailed on your work, you will need a finer needle airbrush, .03 to be exact, following the Iwata series, here is the Iwata Anest, Eclipse with a .03 needle, if you buy all 3 of these, you will have less than 300$ which you cna also spend on quick release adapters for both airbrushes: Quick release x 3, the compressor does come with a hose. Hope this helps, also, might wanna think about using Vallejo and Tamiya, since they are acrylic, they are a lot more forgiving than enamels, but that is my personal opinion.
I was in the same boat as you. This is all the stuff I bought: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0067BAYNO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001738DXU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KS1II96/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TJA0SQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1,https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BN5RUU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1 .
I also bought an assortment of paints I thought I'd need. I went with the Vallejo Game Air line. If you look around, you'll see the stuff I bought recommended by many people for novice airbrushers.
Also, when I bought all that stuff, I signed up for the Amazon Prime credit card as well, so I ended up getting like $120 off that order. It worked out pretty well.
Honestly would recommend the Iwata Eclipse HP-CS. Yeah it's a more expensive airbrush but it's a fantastic piece of equipment.
Pretty much would recommend these to start you off:
EDIT: I know the topic says cheap but with airbrushes, you pay for what you get.
For a beginner, I'd recommend the eclipse instead of the sotar since it's easier to clean, I also recommend this compressor instead
Doesn't have a tank, which is a deal breaker for me. A compressor with a tank provides a constant airflow, eliminating the air pulsing which can distort your paint job.
This one is exactly like mine and I have zero issues with it.
I have this compressor. It is just loud enough that it almost drowns out the TV in the same room. If you're a couple rooms away, I don't see it being an issue.
The equivalent compressor in the US is this one:
Read through all the comments - the screws and seals on the compressor piston have to re checked and tightened for best results, but it works well and it's very quiet. Harbor Freight probably has an equivalent.
I bought this a couple weeks ago and it has been working really nicely so far. It also comes with a hose.
I got this the other week, I currently live in a ~400 square foot apartment and it isn't much louder than my windows AC, takes about 30-60 seconds to fill up, and from then on is perfectly silent until it starts running low and it will turn back on, fill up in a few secs, shut off again.
It all depends. Expect to drop somewhere between 150-300 dollars on all the equipment for airbrushing. Think hard about whether or not you want to drop that cash on that instead of a bunch of new kits.
If you do want to get into airbrushing, these are usually recommended as starting things.
The NEO Iwata http://www.amazon.com/NEO-Gravity-Feed-Action-Airbrush/dp/B004INERK4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1426961305&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=neo+iwata
This is the airbrush I use. I like it, but have never used a different one.
Air Compressor http://www.amazon.com/AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR--Airbrush-Published-Exclusively/dp/B001738DXU/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1426961238&amp;sr=8-18&amp;keywords=air+compressor+tank
If you want your compressor to be quiet, you will want a tank. They hold air in a tank so it wont constantly be running and makin noise.
I'm to lazy to type any of this from a past post so here is a copy paste
here is my set up. nothing to complain about. and the badger 105 is a great starter. its use of good machining means it only has one o-ring and its dead simple to clean.
then you will need cleaning supplies such as
I'm pretty happy with the quality of everything and it makes painting a base coat of pure white or yellow super simple. also makes painting a color shift or pattern very easy. if you have the cash i would highly recommend it
Here is the hobby compressor that I bought and am happy with. I recommend compressor with a tank because the airflow is much more constant.
I bought a cheap Iwata Neo and used a generic airbrush that came with my first compressor before I picked up a Badger Patriot 105. From my experience cheap airbrushes are simply more prone to clogging. If the airbrush can spray water without trouble, it'll probably just be a matter of finding the right ratio in order to get paint to flow. I do recommend just throwing down for a better airbrush, specifically the 105. As far as paints for testing, I recommend just getting a small bottle of Model Air paint. They're specifically thinned for airbrushing and have finer pigment so you should be able to test with them without having to mess with thinning.
There is a masters one with a tank for around $90 on amazon. That's what I use and the thing is an absolute champ (have used it for several hours straight before without issue).
EDIT: Link - https://www.amazon.com/AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR-Airbrush-Published-Exclusively/dp/B001738DXU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521552122&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=masters+compressor
At 160 USD (based upon the discount I didn't see when I last checked it), that's a marginal deal.
I haven't used that compressor though, so I can't recommend that one in particular. As long as it's reliable, it should be okay. As for the brushes, I'd try to find a deal with the top brush (the one without glass bottles).
Accounting for the likely idea that things cost a lot more in Sweden, it's...okay.
Anyone who has that compressor have anything to say about reliability?
This looks to be the same compressor or very similar, and the same package deal is also available here. They're all made by a generic Chinese manufacturer (who they are, who knows?), and rebranded as "Master" airbrushes here.
I'd read through the reviews and see what the opinions are. I used a Master G23 for three years. They are serviceable, but they are less reliable (i.e. they require much more thorough cleaning) than more expensive brushes and their machining quality is poor.
I wrote this several years ago on the maintenance for those: https://www.reddit.com/r/modelmakers/comments/2yzw9o/master_g23type_airbrush_takedown_and_cleaning/
I wouldn't expect much from them. I found it fine for working in 1/48 scale, but it would've been difficult to do really precise work in 1/72.
u/resinseer, as you're technically on the continent and an ocean closer, have you thoughts on the generic airbrushes available over there?
not for this price and did not get it from amazon but thats the same one its far cheaper else ware
I've been using a second hand Paasche airbrush since August, and it's been working really nicely for me. I really like how easy it is to disassemble and clean. I just ordered a new Paasche H to replace the one I've got because I like the design so much, and I'd like to finally have all the parts so I can try some of the fancier techniques I see folks pulling off (like shading and fine details).
I started out hand painting (and still do it when I just want to add some minor details), and having the airbrush is really convenient. I can spray all my parts in an hour or two (depending on how many parts and how many colors) and then work on other things for the rest of the evening, instead of having to devote an entire evening (or more) just to prep and painting.
If you don't have one, you'll want a compressor too. I love this one, it's nice and quiet when it runs. I've got it under my desk sitting on top of a towel and you can barely hear it. It does need an adapter for the Paasche hose tho since of course the Master fitting is different.
If a bit of noise isn't an issue, there's also this Paasche setup with everything all in one pack . Down side is no tank, but the compressor isn't very loud.
Stuff that you need:
I have this and it works great. https://www.amazon.com/AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR-Airbrush-Published-Exclusively/dp/B001738DXU
If you really wanna get it good looking I'd recommend getting an airbrush to paint it. Cans are fine but you'll never get the right colors going that way. It's possible to just use a regular brush but it'll also come out extremely thick and unsatisfactory compared to an airbrush. Its a small investment (about $150 for a nice airbrush and another $100 for a small compressor if you don't already have one. Get one with a tank if you can) but if you do even a couple of models with it you'll never want to use a regular brush to paint an entire model again.
First off the model as it comes is way too blue, I'd recommend painting it based off the newer bandai model's box art as it looks fantastic which you can see here: TIE Advanced.
For the paint itself my personal favorite is the Tamiya line of acrylics. They are the best looking and most professional out of all the acrylics I've seen. They come in nice bottles that are great too. This is of course the best for airbrushing as thats what I would do but if you do end up going the brush route a better paint would probably be Vallejo as they are more suited towards that.
I'd honestly forgo the primer and simply do a full flat black base coat to get that blue off of the solar pannels then mask those up and do the main body. According to the supplied sheet for the bandai model the main body is 70% neutral grey and 30% white with a pinch of blue grey. For the darker parts around the ship its a 100% neutral grey. You'd use that in areas like the recesses on the wing roots, the window's frame and a few other places.
After that its really up to you how much extra detail you wanna add. You can do some dark washes to get those nice shadows, maybe add some metallic scratches and what not. Theres no limit with these sort of things.
Also as a last note if you wanna get into some more of these model's I would highly HIGHLY recommend the entire line of 1/72 ships by bandai. They are all snap together and have more detail then you would believe for their price as well as coming slightly colored so you can fit it all together and still admire it even before painting. I have the TIE Fighter and plan on getting the TIE Interceptor and TIE Advanced. They are the perfect size for putting on display (or playing with haha) and even scale correctly with other real world planes in 1/72 scale.
As others have said, I strongly recommend this compresor. This is the one I used until I upgraded to an Iwata one. A tank is good because it's not only your first line of defense against any moisture build-up but it also prolongs the life of your compressor.
The reason I recommend the Iwata HP-C Plus is because it is pretty much the best all around airbrush. The size .3mm is perfect for gunpla. To priming, base coats and even pre-shading if you would like to do so. Iwata has a great community on airbrush forums and there's ton of documentation and parts for mods and customizing your airbrush to your own personal needs. This brush will last you a lifetime. I own a Iwata HP-C Plus and an Iwata CM-CP2 and I use the HP-C Plus for almost everything.
Keep in mind that you will also need to spend money on all kind of tools to aid you in the painting process such as skewers, alligator clips, something to put the pieces while you paint and while they dry, paint thinner and so on.
this is the air compressor, and Iwata makes my airbrush. Now that I'm looking at the parts, it looks like I spent about $250 on the setup. I'm a little worried about my air compressor; it's oil-less (which is good for precision airbrushing) but it stays on for what seems like too long, and gets extremely hot, so I have to manually turn it off every 10 minutes -- it may be defective.
It's irritating that the price is higher for essentially the same thing but this guy is equivalent IMO ... that said - I'm only linking to it because you asked, I am a novice like yourself but have been looking long and hard at these units and chimed in to hopefully save you some of the time I've wasted ;)
I am not actually endorsing it or telling you to buy it, caveat emptor, read the reviews etc.
First things first, how big is the armor? Is this something you'll be wearing? If so, a smaller one like this will make your life hard. They get hot really fast and they'll shut off on you. The thing about them is that they run constantly. Push the trigger, it fires up to keep up with the air demand. It can be done, but it'll take awhile. I painted a helmet with one of these and it was very frustrating.
I do suggest investing in something else. Something like this California Air Tools compressor will do you a lot more justice. The storage tank really helps. Your compressor won't turn on as much, thus leading to a much longer lifespan. I have the 6310A version and it has been going strong for about 2 years now. I have been using it for my airbrushes and my smaller spray guns. It easily powers my LPH80 mini gun when I'm painting motorcycle parts. You can usually spray for about 10-15 minutes before the motor kicks in. This is when I spray at lower psi. If you're spraying at a higher psi it'll turn on faster, but it's still not as loud as many conventional compressors. You won't need ear plugs. When it does it isn't very loud. I can turn mine on at 2am when my family is asleep and they can't hear it upstairs. Invest your money wisely as a hobbyist.
I do suggest investing in a mini gun eventually. You'll get faster coverage and more even coverage. If you have any questions feel free to message me. I had to teach myself because no one was willing to help me. I don't mind helping people out whether they have questions about materials or equipment.
Rancor gives some good advice. I've only started modeling for only over a year but I don't know how I would paint a kit without an airbrush. Iwata Neo and this Compressor is what I've been using and it has been working really well.
Iwata Revolution CR, and as for a compressor: Try looking at this one
Thanks for the input! I ended up increasing my budget and picked up this brush, and this compressor.
I don't remember which one precisely I own, but it's basically the same as the Master Airbrush one. That particular one is unusually expensive, I got mine for about half that
I have this one and it never turns off. I bought it used elsewhere and can’t return. Ive read how to fix the problem of never turning off, but I haven’t figured it out yet. I don’t have anything to compare to, but it works really well besides never turning off.
Master Airbrush Compressor
I don't have enough experience to definitively say whether I'd recommend it or not. My thought process was to get a good quality airbrush and pick a decently cheap compressor to learn on.
It seemed to work well enough this time around.
Stupid question. My airbrush was delivered today and everything looks perfect! There is one tiny little nick? that I think will do nothing to affect the air brush, though the 1/8th connector I have for the Badger 105 Patriot leaves some of the thread left. Anyways that is not my question.
Am I able to test this airbrush with water? I have airbrush cleaner coming, hopefully in a few days and not July 16-30th like the package says... I would like to test it to see if any air leaks out through anywhere and I would also like to test if paint leaks so I was hoping water would do that job.
Also I bought this compressor and I have no idea how to regulate? the PSI on it... Does anyone know how to do that? I am very new to airbrushing as one can see...
I picked up a badger velocity from my local hobby store for $125 - amazon link
I picked up a compressor from the same store for $100 similar to this:
The tank on the compressor is great, I would certainly advise getting one with an air tank otherwise you can get this weird 'pulse' with tank less compressors. The first one I bought didn't have one and I returned it the first day.
My only advice if your going to be picking one up is to either be very careful when dis-asembling and cleaning or buying extra needles/nozzles as I bent my first needle within a few hours of owning it, and stepped on a nozzle which ruined it.
I would say that you would only really see benefits with a higher quality air compressor if you've already got your skill using an airbrush really dialed in until then a cheaper airbrush would really suffice. I'll entirely honest I've only been airbrushing my miniatures for a couple of months now but I've had the honor of using my friends high quality compressor but I've also been using my cheap Master Compressor. If i'm being entirely honest with you at my skill level I can't even tell the slightest difference between the two. My much more skilled friend can notice a huge difference between the two compressors but again, he's been airbrushing for almost five years. Now for a beginner I am using a slightly nicer airbrush, I'm using the Iwata HP-CS. I was recommended by him that I get the nicer airbrush and the cheaper air-compressor because the fine detail work that you're almost constantly doing with miniatures, he argued that the airbrush would have much higher returns per dollar than the more expensive air-compressor. I hope that helped a little. Take that all with a grain of salt because Like I said before I'm new and these are just my personal observations.
Don't go the cheap route in buying an airbrush. I HIGHLY recommend you buy an airbrush from iwata, their quality and prices are great. I myself use an Iwata HP C Plus for 2 years and it still is my go-to brush. It can do anything, from fine detail jobs to wide sprays for blending. For an air compressor, you should get one with a tank. Here is a good set to buy Iwata w/ compressor combo. Save up and go for quality on airbrushes, trust me.
Or if you want to save up on money, you can buy another Iwata airbrush, the HP CR Revolution gravity feed which is a great airbrush at a fraction of the price.
For airtanks, I've used a couple, but they really don't differ much with brands in my opinion. Go for an air compressor with a tank like this one from amazon.
Now if you're looking for a high quality airbrush and price doesn't matter, I recommend you buy this badboy from hobbywave. Its my second airbrush, and it handles like a dream.
Hope this helps.
I've been using this compressor for the better part of 5 years and haven't had a single issue with it. YMMV and all, but for 100$ it's been absolutely rock solid.
I also frequently use alclad's klear coat for decaling and it's fine. Can't speak to panel line washes cause it's not a technique I usually use though. :<
Save your money you are like $100 bucks off getting a decent set up.
Edit: Let me elaborate on my reasons a little bit.
You want an air compressor with a tank and an automatic on/off switch.
This will keep your airbrush from getting pulsating air and the on/off switch will extend the life of your compressor (so will the tank as it isn't running all the time). Some added bonuses is being able to work without a lot of noise.
There are some cheap ones you can buy on amazon. ( TheTC-40T and the Master Tank Compressor)
Airbrushes are tricky. but you still can get soem good ones under $100. Like the Badger Krome RK-1, Badger 105 Patriot, Iwata Neo (Not made by Iwata but supported by them), and Iwata Revolution
I use this:
Although, if I had a chance to buy a new one, I would buy the same one with the included air tank so the compressor is nice and silent.
Jeeze, It feels like i'm biting off more than i can chew with this lol.
Would this get me most of what I need?
and I think I'm going to go with this for the actual brush:
Looks a lot like this one
I have it and can vouch for it being good. Its not quiet but its not too loud to disturb other rooms if you have the door closed. It also has a tank so it doesnt run the entire time.
I shoot it with a badger 150 on around 10 PSI with great results.
I had the same goal as you, but eventually I broke down and went up a few bucks, knowing that I needed a compressor with a tank. So I went on Amazon and picked up this Master. Is it flawless, no, but I can paint for a long time without much worry. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001738DXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_aztyyb5ZBDTG4
While searching for the actual airbrush itself though, I jumped online and got a Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and picked up this Iwata for a reasonable price. It's a decent airbrush although I'm plotting to use another coupon and pickup it's much more expensive siblings for detail work. http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Model-Kits/Airbrushes/Neo-CN-Gravity-Feed-Dual-Action-Airbrush/p/868
You can refine any airbrush though with some Regdab from Badger, it is some great lube, which you'll need anyways to keep a brush going and keep from wearing out the internal oring which would cause blowback failure.
You'll be at around $150 before paints if you have Amazon prime, but this setup has been great for a starter kit. Go too cheap and you'll have a bad experience and regret it. I'm loving it though, being able to blast through basecoating rapidly, and finally getting to paint vehicles without unwanted brush strucks on flat points. I intend to do almost all of my layers on a plastic contemptor with it and some liquid masking.
If you're getting something other than I believe 1/8" BSP hose you will need an adapter. I have an Iwata but I think Badger uses a different fitting.
Honestly, don't bother with either of those compressors. You REALLY want one with a tank. For precision painting, the tank ensures an even air flow, while the kind that don't have a reserve tank sometimes can't keep up with consistent spray.
I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR--Airbrush-Published-Exclusively/dp/B001738DXU/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449878332&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=airbrush+compressor+with+tank
YES, it's more expensive, but honestly if you want to do it, I highly suggest you do it right. Had several friends buy those starter kits and they always wound up replacing both the compressor and brush it comes with, thus spending more.
Speaking of brush, those brushes are pretty bad. They aren't precision machined, so they use O-Rings all over the place. Those are hard to clean and a point of failure.
I have two airbrushes that I adore: an Iwata Revolution and a Grex (I forget the model)
You have a few different kinds of grips: a pistol grip and a pen grip. I have one of each and use them for different applications, but have found that I mostly prefer the Grex.
I think this is what I have: http://www.amazon.com/Grex-Tritium-TG3-Trigger-Gravity-Airbrush/dp/B002XQ2K5W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449878477&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=Grex+Airbrush
Someone can probably recommend a cheaper alternative-
I recommend a gravity feed. Side feed and vacuum feed are both more of a pain to clean, and don't work so well with small amounts of paint for miniature work.
Anyways, just my opinions and observations. YMMV!
Yeah, sounds like you've eliminated things down to a problem inside the compressor itself.
TBH those types of compressors are practically just repackaged aquarium pumps, and IMO aren't what anyone should use. Even when they work, they top out at such a rock-bottom low PSI and CFM that they're basically unusable outside of one or two VERY narrow use cases. For model airbrushing, you want something a little bit stronger.
The Iwata Ninja Jet is WAY overpriced for how inherently limited it is. Return it, and get something like this or this instead (I use the latter, and can vouch for it).
This is what I personally used since September. The only I complaint I have has to do with the airbrush cup o-ring. Just toss it and put teflon tape in it's place. I don't have any complaints otherwise.
The Tamiya tool set is good. You'll also need a hobby knife (the tool set might come with one.. I don't remember) and some sand paper to get rid of nub marks. I use 800 grit + sanding sticks. The markers are for cleaning up nub marks. I definitely wouldn't use them for painting entire pieces. The very thin gundam markers (GM01 etc.) are used for panel lining, and work very well. What I do is panel line a piece, wait a few seconds, and then wipe off the access marker so that you are left with a clean, thin panel line. As far as painting goes, I use an airbrush. This is the one I use. If you plan on airbrushing kits, you'll also need an air compressor. I use Tamiya's acrylic paint. You can also spray paint your models. When I used to spray paint, I used Tamiya's line of spray paints. Airbrushing gives the best results IMO.
if you got some room to spare for compressor you can hit up ebay or amazon for this cheap compressor combo.
just remember to allow some cool down time and don't run your compressor for extended time or it will heat up and slow down the pump unit.
Cool! Solid budget, I think.
I recommend the Iwata Revolution airbrush with a Master Airbrush compressor and spray booth. I have these 3 items and I absolutely love them so far.
NEW Quiet 1/6 hp MASTER AIRBRUSH TANK COMPRESSOR-(FREE) AIR HOSE and Now a (FREE) How to Airbrush Training Book to Get You Started, Published Exclusively By TCP Global. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001738DXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_STDFzbGK3DMFA
Is the one i use.
I have this compressor, which I got as part of this kit. I'm only a beginner with the airbrush, but I highly recommend both. The compressor delivers a steady stream of air and doesn't heat up or make serious noise. I can easily use it at night without disturbing anybody even across the hall in my house.
Like OneWhoGeneralises said, GW's paints need to be thinned a lot. They're very thick for an airbrush to begin with, and tend to clot up even more as they dry out over time. I had a lot of trouble at first using mine without clogging up the airbrush. i can do it now, but mostly use Vallejo Air. I also found that Jay Adan video really helpful.
Totally worth it. There is a learning curve for sure, so if you keep it simple in the beginning with zenithal light technique, it will do wonders for your models and keep your sanity at the same time.
When you do get one, make sure you get a compressor that has a tank. I had one that did not and it was not usable. Also, a mosture trap is a must. posted a couple links for some reasonably priced brush and compressor that has the above mentioned features
I'll be honest and say I got a similar kit from Amazon. Compressor works great the airbrush... not so much. I ended up just buying a Iwata Revolution. If you can afford it I'd recommend this compressor as it has a storage tank and then get a better airbrush. Just my opinion though.
I thought I was getting by cheap on my setup.
It totaled out to around 250$ for everything for me. I needed the extra air tank and a spray booth so that I could spray in my apartment without making too much noise. I ended up spending another 30$ on a respirator as well so that I don't breathe in too many fumes.
Neo Iwata Airbrush Using the 40% off 1 tem coupon
Compressor and Air tank with hose
If your budget is like that, get this for your compressor: https://www.amazon.com/AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR--Airbrush-Published-Exclusively/dp/B001738DXU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1473190155&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=airbrush+tank+compressor
Then get this airbrush: https://www.amazon.com/Paasche-TG-SET-Double-Gravity-Airbrush/dp/B0017IJL9K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1473190197&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=paasche+talon
The Talon has all the features of the Iwata HP-CS at a fraction of the price. I've been using one for some time. My only complaint is that I'm looking at a wider nozzle, but that might just be me needing to nut up and thin my paint even more than I normally do, and just be more patient.
I was able to get my airbrush set up for around 90 dollars.
I bought a used old $40 testors AC2000 from ebay, and a Iwata Neo CS for 45 dollars using Hobby lobby's 40% off. If you keep your eyes peeled for deals you can get a fairly cheap set up as well. If you're buying new, I'd recommend this compressor as it's cheap, comes with a tank, and produces adequate pressure. This will leave you with around $100 to get your airbrush and other supplies. Since it comes with a 1/8th hose it can fit the iwata airbrush without an adapter, but you'll need a specific adapter for either of the badger brushes.
Compressed aircans are sort of a step back, but if that's what you need to do then go for it. Getting a good compressor first is nice though, as they will last you a long long time.
Iwata Revolution CR, compressor is some no-brand thing very similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/AIRBRUSH-COMPRESSOR--Airbrush-Published-Exclusively/dp/B001738DXU/ref=sr_1_5?s=arts-crafts&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1467094971&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=airbrush+compressor
I used Tamiya masking tape for doing small things but got lazy and used some regular DIY store masking tape to cover the big areas, it was this tape that took some of the primer with it.
For your same $176, you might want to get this compressor with tank and Badger Patriot airbrush. For another $25 ($201 total) you could get this 3-in-1 Badger instead.
Yeah, that compressor wasn't looking too good to me either. Replaced it with this.
I'm also going with the Paasche because of how many extras it comes with, like the three different needle sizes.
Just to add my 2 cents - I also have the Iwata HP-CS and absolutely love it. My close friend has the Badger Sotar that Miniac uses and loves his airbrush as well. You really can't go wrong with either of them. My only additional recommendation is to invest in an air-compressor that has a dedicated tank. I use this one and it has been awesome for the last two years. The tank helps eliminate any pulsating pressure and allows for a more consistent experience. Its not super important, but what kind of miniatures does your husband paint and what does he plan on painting with the airbrush? One thing to keep in mind while you look at airbrushes is the needle sizes of the unit - they can be changed, but the one that comes with it does play a role in how the airbrush behaves. The Iwata comes with a .35 mm needle while the Sotar can be found with needles ranging from .19 mm to .31 mm. The .19 mm needle is much finer and is better for precision work. I think the .35 is a great "all around" size, but if he plans on doing a lot of small details, he may find it a bit too large.
An airbrush is a great gift! I know I use mine all the time!
That compressor doesn't look like it's got a tank on it, so it'll be running the entire time you're airbrushing. I've heard good things about this one.
Also, don't forget a respirator, though you'll probably want the round pink filters on it(the P100 I believe).
Ah gotcha. Yeah I'm looking at this one and similar. Reports and videos are that it's about the noise level of a small fan, sort of. Which to me is acceptable. Has the auto on-off and moisture trap too. Can totally see the appeal of CO2 only though -- zero noise is better than a little noise, right? :)
I use this Compressor and this airbrush you need a adapter for the hose it comes with but its a good place to start.