Best airbrush sets according to redditors

We found 442 Reddit comments discussing the best airbrush sets. We ranked the 103 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/GodEmperorPePethe2nd · 10 pointsr/Grimdank

$90, just make sure to order a hose too (only airbrush i bought that didnt come with one). You can use a cheapy air compressor till you save for a good one.

Damn good airbrush. With Flo Improver i can run ANY paint through it, GW, P3, Vallejo, doesnt matter

u/efuller5525 · 9 pointsr/Warhammer40k

First comment:

Please upvote this by default so it stays towards the top. I'm still learning how2reddit

So I am NOT an artistic person so this is especially anxious for me. But, I needed something to keep my hands busy that wasn't masturbating, so here we are.

I have probably over studied techniques and materials, and I want this post to be a "documentary" if you will. Where someone who has no business painting is going to be doing just that.

So, I'll be documenting my pitfalls and approaches to everything here. With all of you lovely people, it'll also hopefully be a central location for someone like me or just wants to get into 40k can refer to.

Disclaimer: I'll be at work until 5pm EST. But my job is pretty cushy so I'll be adding planning details throughout the day

Tools and Such

Well, I probably overspent here. Only because I'm lazy and didn't want to make the drive to harbor freights. But then again, paying the premium to help support my local game shop is going to give me some karma in the long run. Here's the list of things that I ended up picking up:

  • Wire Cutters
    • The game shop charged me $16 for them lmao. I hate myself. But they're used to cut the pieces out of the sprues. I was using a box cutter at first, and in no time I nicked myself pretty badly. Just buy them. Again, Harbor Freights.
  • Box Cutter / Exacto Knife
    • I used it to trim off the excess from the sprues. The box cutter worked, but the exacto knife was a bit better because of the handle and the gradual width in the blade helps with control when you need it, or the finer point when you need to get into smaller areas.
  • Paint Brushes
    • So, I spent a lot on one pair and then minimal on another. The A Lot pair was from the game stop ($16 for three types), I figured these would be much higher quality when dealing with the tiny pieces. I went to walmart and bought a set of 8 as well for $5. I'm intending to use these on things like terrain because they're larger in size and hiding issues from crappy brushes is going to be easier on terrain than it will be on a mini the size of 6 quarters.
  • Filing tools
    • Honestly I'm not sure why these are needed. I thought it'd help get rid of the excess sprue on the models but it leaves a scratchy texture. I'm pissed about that. Unless someone here will tell me otherwise, just use your exacto knife
    • If you're just starting out, DO NOT GO BUY THEM INDIVIDUALLY. Its too expensive. My local shop sells them for nearly $5-$8 a bottle. Buy THIS. Its a ton of typical colors and drops the individual price down to $2.80.
    • Paint sets are always going to be your best friend, from what I've found. Citadel paints for example are really expensive at my local shop (like $5-$7 each expensive) But something like this is a huge savor., bringing the unit price down to $3,63.
    • Shading seems to overhaul the look into something more professional, so you will want to buy two separately. My buddy suggested two different ones, Black and Brown.
  • Wet Pallette
    • I am yet to have this conversation without the other person talking to me like they're running for president. Wet Pallettes are a necessity. They ensure you do not waste paint, keeps your paint consistently viable while using it, and helps with storing it. I've heard a couple of days, others say months. Who knows. I'm yet to start painting, but I'm just going to say don't even mess around and just get/build one.
    • Tabletop Minions has a great video to show you how to make one for the lo-lo.
  • Mini Painting Holder
    • If you're not looking risk smudging the paint when you're holding your mini, then this is for you. Bonus points for reducing your chances of arthritis.
    • You COULD get something like THIS. But I feel that because it holds onto the sides, you can't really use it to paint the base.
    • What I ended up doing was buying 3 bottles of champagne, cutting off the top of one of them, and then gluing & duct taping it all together. I haven't tested out its balance yet but odds are, I'm going to have to do something so its stable and I can rest it on the table standing up without worry. Bonus, I was pretty drunk for a bit.

      Theory is Great and All (11.13.19)

      So here are my updates from actually painting.

  • Mini Painting Holder
    • LOL. Welp. didn't turn out as expected. Glue didn't stick and I had to use so much duct tape that it looks like a toxic sushi roll. Yum. We'll see how it works when I get to the actually mini painting.
  • Paaaaaint
    • Welp. I'm pretty sure I added too much water. I also definitely did not mix enough of it. I'm going for a deep green metallic look and only mixed enough for one coat..... lmao. Thankfully its just the 1st so I'm hoping when I mix a boatload of it, even if the hue is different, it won't matter much.
    • Wet pallete: Definitely worked out. Do it.
    • Because of the paint being too watery, you can see some spots where it pooled. Again, gonna take it easier on the water the second time around and hope it covers up the bad stuff
    • In being careful with the finer details, I didn't care too much. Some paint here and there won't change much and should be unnoticeable after a few more careful coats of the actual color I want to use, when I get there.

      Life Sucks and I haven't gotten much done (11/15/19)

      So I was only able to apply a second coat of to what I've already done. But honestly, not too shabby! Apparently I didn't water down the paint too much.

      Also, I recently switched to a different cell phone carrier, and got a $200 prepaid card.... So I'm getting these.

      There's a blog that I found (will have to find it again later) that recommended these.

u/pxpxpx · 8 pointsr/modelmakers

That is a pretty shitty airbrush.

  1. It is single action which means you have to adjust the nozzle to get the spray pattern needed for the paint viscosity you have. It's OK for "I just dont want to use rattlecans"-use. But you will not get much of the benefits a proper dual action airbrush will give you. Which means you will soon grow out of it and spend money on a dual action airbrush.

  2. Siphon feed airbrushes like this one also requires higher pressure to operate. Which usually isn't a deal breaker if you have a noisy shop compressor or such. It just means the compressor have to work a little more.

  3. Siphon feed airbrushes are a pain to clean compared to gravity fed airbrushes. You can of course have a jar of cleaner handy and just spray it through the airbrush once done. But you'll end up with a bunch of jars of paint and jars with cleaner that you will have to switch between. Which leads us to #4

  4. All those jars of paint will have its contents exposed to air, either when transferring from the original container to an airbrush jar and/or when you switch tops on the jar you connect to the airbrush. Which leads to paint drying out in the jars and constant fiddling with pressure and the needle adjustment.

  5. Did I mention you'll need a jar for every single hue you want to paint? It's great if the connector screws onto your paint jars, but if you want to shoot Humbrol enamel paint and then some Tamiya you will need separate jars to store the paint. Which means more money spent on jars for an airbrush you will grow out of really quick.

  6. As u/windupmonkeys wrote. It's a re-branded cheap airbrush with God knows what connections (looks like Paasche or some similar proprietary connection on the picture) and parts. Which leads down a pretty boring rabbit hole when you need to find spares or connections to compressors.

    For €10-15 more you can get yourself a much better airbrush such as the Harder & Steenbeck Ultra or the Iwata Neo.

    tl;dr: Buy quality, cry once.
u/setorn · 7 pointsr/modelmakers

I started with a brush, and I found out that good paint/thinner ratio is key when hand painting with acrylics. I started with the revell aqua color paint which isn't bad, but Tamiya acrilycs are better.

After a few models I decided to buy a H&S ultra with a small air compressor.
Then I found Plasmo's chanel. He builds and paints his models with step by step explanation. I learned a lot from his videos.

In my experience patience and experience are the most important factors. Dexterity is also needed but not that much. You learn a new thing with every build, and experience makes up for the lack of deftness.

Be ready to mess up the first few models, but trying is the key to get better. You need to take it slowly, try something simple first, like a single color tank, then try to use washes/modulating on it, then try out rust pigment, etc... Never throw away poor attempts, they will come handy when you try a new technique.

Since I'm also just a begginer, I don't know what else could I say. I'd like to get better in time, but I hope my few experience helped you a bit.

Unfortunately it's quite a rabbit hole, the better you want to be the more time and money you need to invest. I spent about 6-800 euros on it last year, but I pretty much have everything I need now. I only need to buy kits, and consumables now and then.

u/Tollas · 6 pointsr/minipainting

Acrylic through an airbrush has very little smell, but that doesn't mean you should spray without a mask or good ventilation.
Several people have recommended this (or similar):

u/Greystorms · 5 pointsr/minipainting

This spray booth folds up into a stupidly small rectangular box that's really easy to store. Even with an open window in front of you, I'd probably still recommend getting a booth just to keep overspray from going all over your desk/work area/room.

u/00Qz · 5 pointsr/Gunpla

Gocheer 100-250V Dual Action...

I used mr. metallic colour GX: GX metal red

u/Pukit · 4 pointsr/modelmakers

The reviews are a bit special, I doubt it'll last you long, even if it manages to spray once for you. I've never come across such a compressor, in honesty, save your money, buy once and buy right.

If you're that tight on funds then one of these will get you going, but the compressor leaves a lot to be desired. If you can stretch further, a kit like this has a decent compressor, the airbrush is still a cheap chinese kit. If you want to spend money more wisely then a compressor like this and an airbrush like this will serve many years for a beginner before upgrading the airbrush to something with higher detail. The compressor will serve any model airbrush very well. You can get that compressor or similar in a kit too.

u/CivilC · 4 pointsr/Gunpla

The reason why /u/triviper said it's about $200+ to start airbrushing is because you need not just the airbrush, but the compressor, moisture trap, hose, and adaptors if you're buying everything separately and want a setup that will last you a long time.

My setup isn't the best, but I got

u/windupmonkeys · 4 pointsr/modelmakers

I used that airbrush for three years. Be mindful that that airbrush is going to be less precise and less well machined than a more expensive brush. It also needs to be cleaned more frequently than other brushes, or it will jam. I cleaned it often enough that I just removed the back handle entirely because it served no useful purpose (not even as a counterweight). That brush is serviceable. It won't run circles around your expensive airbrushes of the world, but it works. If you don't clean it, though, that thing is going to drive you crazy.

In case this is helpful:

I still use that compressor when I build models. My airbrush now though is this:

The brush a lot of people consider a nicer starter brush (i.e. in a way, the next level up) is this one:

u/nicely11b · 4 pointsr/modelmakers

Airbrushing is above and beyond nicer than brush painting. You just can't do things with a brush that you can with an airbrush. Don't break the bank with an airbrush now. Get something simple and get your feet wet with it. I've been recommending the Neo for Iwata a lot lately. It's half the price of most mid-range airbrushes but definitely gives you a much better airbrush than something like a Master. Master's are very frustrating to work with.

u/Redleg137 · 4 pointsr/airbrush

Okay, that's a broad question you are asking.

First you need a brush. Get a double action. I recommend either the badger patriot 105, or the iwata neo for your first brush.

You need a compressor. I used a cheap one off amazon pretty well until I upgraded to a larger California air tools silent compressor.

You want a moisture trap as well, plus an air hose.

As far as paints go I really like the Vallejo model air and game air paints. The game air paints have very vibrant colors, whereas the model air line is more like real camo colors from WW2

u/pianokid401 · 4 pointsr/Gunpla

Here's a link to the one I got on Amazon:

Master Airbrush Brand Portable Hobby Airbrush Spray Booth (without Optional LED Lighting) for Painting All Art, Cake, Craft, Hobby, Nails, T-shirts &

It's seems pretty good. I haven't been able to test mine with paint but I did plug it in real quick when I got it and it seems like it's pretty strong. Hopefully this week I'll be able to start.

u/jyoon673 · 4 pointsr/Gunpla

Want to get into airbrushing but not sure which kit to get - was hoping someone could recommend one to me

So far I'm interested in these two

Also wanted to get this airbrush booth and was wondering how frequently I would have to change filters and how difficult it is to do so (ie. is it easy to find replacement filters and is it difficult to take apart and put back in)

u/Trollface_inator · 3 pointsr/airbrush

Something like this?

u/disgustipated · 3 pointsr/airbrush

Unless you live in a desert-dry climate, you'll at least want to add a moisture trap like this. Having a fine control regulator (like the one included) is nice, too; you'll have much better control over airflow.

u/OneWhoGeneralises · 3 pointsr/minipainting

The Master airbrush kit with a compressor is probably the entry level kit you'd want. The compressor with that kit is also known as the AS-186 compressor, and is quite a capable compressor.

The airbrush is probably nothing fancy, but a basic cheap airbrush is a good starter since you can learn how they work, how to maintain them, and most importantly not give a damn the first time you bend a needle.

Once you've got some practice under your belt, move up to a reputable artists airbrush since they are better made. You won't actually see much of a difference in the quality of the spray in a cheap airbrush to an expensive one, expensive ones typically have more options in components and are easier to source replacement parts for.

I moved up from a no-name ebay airbrush to an Iwata, and immediately bought the parts to change the Iwata airbrush to a 0.5mm needle instead of its stock 0.3mm.

u/CruorVault · 3 pointsr/Warhammer40k

I highly recommend this package from Amazon if you're in the US. It gives you all the necessary bits for quality miniatures airbrushing along with a great (and pretty quiet compressor).

u/Fixer951 · 3 pointsr/minipainting

I bought the Master Deluxe Airbrush kit on Amazon (likely the one you saw), and everything /u/BigBraddWolfe said has been my exact experience.

I originally got mine for Gundam model kits, though the brush works fantastically for priming and base-coating miniatures as well. I would definitely recommend the Deluxe over the cheaper version, because the "extras" make all the difference.

The tank allows you a fair bit of continuous spray before the motor kicks in, and pretty much ensures you don't get any rattling or crazy pressure differences. It fills back up pretty quickly, so you won't spend more than a few seconds waiting on it if you choose to wait it out vs. continuing to spray. I'm pretty sure that the extra needles of various sizes, quick-disconnect, fancy hose, and moisture trap are a savings in this bundle when compared to upgrading an existing compressor. In any case, it's doubtful that I'll have to get another compressor in the future assuming this one continues to hold up. It does everything I could ask of it, in about the best way any compressor is going to. It gives me air steadily and for a long time, pressurized to a level I determine, keeps moisture out, and allows me to quickly connect and disconnect the brush.

That last point turns out to be quite the life-saver for the brush itself. It works fine, sprays well, and can go wider or tighter with the included needles. Where this thing may have a little more upkeep vs. an Iwata is in the clean-up between colors. I find myself breaking it down to clean the needle guard and do a "deep cleaning" just about every time I change colors. It just doesn't satisfy me to wash a bunch of cleaner through it and hope for the best. I would imagine an Iwata will create less buildup on the needle and in the guard, allowing you to clean it out a bit quicker. For me, it's not too much of a hassle because I just need to rinse the cup, slide the needle out, give it a wipe, remove and clean the guard, then stick everything back together. With the quick-disconnect I don't have to worry about my compressor's pressure, or the line, or any of that. I pop the brush off, do the quick cleaning, and it's all but spotless a minute later when I pop it back on and go back to spraying.

Even if you have no intention of using the included brush, you're probably still getting a decent compressor fully decked out at a steal. If you want to go and drop the remaining budget on a neo, by all means do so and you'll have a fantastic setup for airbrushing dolls and whatever other large surfaces you want to repaint. If you grab another quick-connect fitting (it seems like most of the hose fittings for compressors are standardized by one of a few manufacturers), then you could switch between them at will for different jobs. Use the basic Master one for priming or whatever rough jobs you need to crank out, and break out the neo for finer detail work.

Thoughts on the first Neo kit I found: it looks like the brush is better but I can't speak definitively on the compressor's workings. It may be quieter than mine, or it could be louder. It looks like the three settings on it are all you get, while I have a little gauge on mine to set my PSI to whatever I want (I typically use 20-25). It may seem like a small thing, but I think it's kind of nice that it has a little holder on it. It's a kind of profound terror to pick up the airbrush, fill it with paint, and realize you have nowhere to put it down when you suddenly need two hands again.

u/Eridanit · 3 pointsr/Gunpla

If you can afford the extra price then I'd go for the version with the tank ( It will allow the compressor to turn off when the tank is full, as well as reducing any potential concerns with air pulsation.

A lot of people seem to use cheap compressors like that (myself included), and I've seen them recommended pretty often.

u/Tabletop_Tendencies · 3 pointsr/Warhammer

I’m on my second master compressor. I upgraded last week to one with a tank. The master brand of compressors are decent for beginners.

I’m not a fan of the actual airbrush they come with and upgraded that early on.

I’m also not familiar with the paints listed in that link.

I second the suggestion to find one without the paints and pick up something from vallejo. Vallejo has two lines of air brush paint and both are decent. They offer different colors in each. You can also get citadel/games workshop brand air paint but I’m not a fan of the bottles they come in. Plus they tend to be more expensive.

While the accessories in the one you linked are nice to have, he can get away without having them. I mix my paints in the airbrush so I don’t need cups or mixing sticks. You could check out the one below which is the compressor with tank and a basic airbrush.

Master Airbrush Cool Runner II Dual Fan Air Tank Compressor System Kit with a Pro Set G222 Gravity Airbrush Kit with 3 Tips 0.2, 0.3 & 0.5 mm - Hose, Holder, How-to Guide - Hobby, Auto, Cake, Tattoo

I recommend getting this to air in cleaning the airbrush.

4 SET Airbrush Spray Gun Wash Cleaning Tools Needle Nozzle Brush Glass Cleaning Pot Holder

u/HeyItsJay · 3 pointsr/Gunpla

I'm not a veteran by any means in terms of Airbrushing (I've airbrushed 2 kits... a MG Strike Freedom & a MG Nu)

For both of them I went with a very cheap set-up...

For the Airbrush I used a Iwata Neo Gravity which I bought at Hobby Lobby for about $45 w/ their 40% off Coupon :P and it was a great starter airbrush, to me it was straight to the point and definitely something I'd recommend.

As far as my compressor goes, I went with Master Compressor. Reason being is it had a Hose, Water Trap & the Compressor. It works great and I still use it and I like it.

I didn't have a Spray Booth and went with spraying in a damn tub I bought at Walmart for $3 lol and didn't even have a mask...

I highly recommend getting one as it definitely helps out.

I recently bought one and I now use the MSA Safety Works Mask. I started painting my 3rd Airbrushed Kit (about 3 pieces primered lol) and this mask is a god send. I was killing myself before and don't suggest you do the same.

With a Airbrush & the Compressor Set that I linked you should be good to go all you really need is paint which I bought all of mine at the time from Hobby Town USA since they carry Tamiya Paints which are very user friendly and I thinned it 1:1 with 91% Isoprophyl Alcohol from Walmart.

I was in the very same position as you lol, I built about 9 kits before starting a Airbrushed model.

I recently purchased another Airbrush, I got the Master G23 and I've only used Primer on it but it's pretty good, the action isn't as great as my Neo but it's nice enough since I'm no pro and I feel it matches my skill level.

If you have any other questions I can help you as much as I can.


u/furrythrowawayaccoun · 3 pointsr/modelmakers

IWATA NEO CN airbrush and AS-186 compressor.

For a total of 140$ as the time of writing this (on 5.8.2019.) it is the best cheap airbrush and compressor combo.

Why? You get the whole package - Airbrush, a compressor with a tank, air filter and a hose which is all you need to start airbrushing

Iwata Neo is considered the best cheap(est) branded airbrush on the market by many so I used it here, also the AS-186 compressor (Check later in the page about it more) is p good. You also get a hose which far too many people forget to buy when choosing a compressor.

mostly everything


Note for other users - I am currently rewriting the airbrush page a bit (this will be on the top of the page), so if you have any wishes to add to it please comment.

u/MrGrieves123 · 3 pointsr/Gunpla

Sure, nothing special really, this is my brush.

Here's my compressor

I've only been painting for about 6 months now but if there's one thing I have learned it's to be patient and not rush, also make sure your paint is the right consistency.

u/millerhkl · 3 pointsr/Gunpla

I recently bought a setup about a month ago so if you are in the US, I'd recommend the following:

  • 1/5 hp Portable Airbrush Compressor with Tank $89.99
  • 10'ft braided airbrush hose, 1/8" bsp aka Iwata $5.99
  • Point Zero Dual Action Gravity Feed Airbrush with 0.2, 0.3, 0.5mm nozzle-needle sets and 1/8" bsp quick disconnect $23.99
  • 20% discount for buying over $100 from this Amazon vendor
  • Safety is very important! Portable Spray Booth $79.99 w/ Prime, not eligible for above discounts
  • Comes out to about $175.96 before tax.

    I have the compressor, the hose, and the booth and they've worked great for me so far. Honestly, you save on shipping vs. the Master Brand and mine came preassembled with the regulator installed. The Master Brand ones are notorious for having regulators that you screw in and they end up tilted to the side. In fact I think people in this sub have pointed this flaw out (there's a better link with pictures, I just can't find it). Items were shipped promptly and got here in one piece. You also get the discounts if you buy a certain amount from them.

    I actually have an Iwata NEO that I got from Amazon for about $40ish. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I like airbrushing or not. Honestly, I wish I had gotten the PointZero brush just as a cheap intro dual-action brush.

    I think someone on this subreddit once pointed out that an airbrush is like a regular brush, just powered by air. They weren't kidding. It takes time to master. If you have the money to spend on a fancy >$100 airbrush like the Krome, then less of your time will be spent trying to master the idiosyncrasies of your brush. But it doesn't change the fact that it takes practice to be able to lay down really smooth, thin coats consistently.

    I don't know how busy you are as a student, but it can be time consuming to set everything up, test your spray conditions, mix your paints, actually paint, and then clean everything up. If you find you like the process, then you can invest in a better brush in the future and keep your old one for laying down primer or base coating.

    But there's nothing wrong with OOB snap builds if you find that's your thing.

    edit: for link formatting mistakes, and also to say that I'm not very experienced yet, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

    edit 2: My other regret is not considering compressed CO2. I live near a welding supply shop and a restaurant supply shop that both sell compressed CO2 cylinders. A 10 lb tank with high pressure regulator would have been around $120 and then some for converters or extra regulators. People on the fine scale forums claim that a 10 lb tank could last months for airbrushing and it's only $17 to refill at either shop. Would have been perfect too for carbonating beverages for homebrew purposes. Just another option to consider. Definitely do not buy the Badger compressed air cans. They don't last long enough.
u/James_A_H · 3 pointsr/modelmakers

Thank you! Since I am new the airbrushing scene I didn't want to spend to much, I got a Gocheer duel action gravity feed airbrush. It works pretty well, I just need to get the thinning ratios and PSI setting better. While I'm at it, this is my compressor

u/Lightedpaints · 3 pointsr/Gunpla

it really depends on your budget. One of my favorite brushes is a badger 105 patriot found here

This brush will last you a long time with proper care. It's also reasonably priced and has a great spray pattern (pencil line to almost three inches). As for a compressor I personally use a California air tool - quite air model found here

I use this guy because of the large tank and because it has a rust free tank. Most model or little compressors have tanks that are made out of iron which will rust after some time. But depending on how much you wanna spend here are ones I would recommend because they come with a tank and an adjustable regulator/water trap (but as you can see they are not to far off from the California one)


I have the second one in that list, however after a year the tank rusted even with proper care :(

u/mildredpitt · 3 pointsr/airbrush

My 2 cents:

I got started on a Master Airbrush set....

They work pretty good actually.

I now use Paasche - mostly since they have a "fan tip" which allows for a larger spray pattern.

I will say - using the cheaper airbrush paints (Createx) adds another variable - mostly since you need to thin them. The Golden high flow paints never clog - straight out of the bottle - but they are really expensive.

That being said I learned on Createx paints. :)

u/Medtechnically · 3 pointsr/minipainting

I bought a master brand airbrush kit off amazon this Christmas and along with what i found here. Here are my thoughts:

What i don't like about the Ninja:

  • While it does have a regulator knob there is no gauge to know what pressure your spraying out. I know my badger primer says it should be sprayed at 20-30 psi which this compressor isn't rated for
  • There is no auto shutoff if the unit becomes hot so you have a working time of about 30 mins before you should give it a 20 min break.
  • There is no included moisture trap or tank with the short working time I assume that moisture shouldn't be a huge issue but there is always the possibility. Since there is no tank there is some possibility you could experience pulsing.

    The spirit jet is very similar to the compressor I have but mine was significantly cheaper. If you look on Amazon there are tons of this exact compressor that companies have just stuck their sticker on.

    Iwata Paasche Master

    Personally, I would get one of the no-name brands with a tank for less than what you would pay for the name brand ones. Then use the money you saved to get a decent brush or the accessories you need. The ones that come with the Master kits isn't terrible if you are new but once you use a higher quality brush you'll see the difference.
u/tuna1997 · 3 pointsr/Gunpla

If you're talking about this model

I just got the updated version, it does the job well for airbrushing at around 15-25 psi, I haven't tried it with anything else though. The LED lights it comes with are bright and the fans are strong. I've read reviews that some people have problems with it after a couple of months and others say it works very well after a year plus of regular use.

But they're easy to fold and relatively light so very easy to transport from one location to another

u/cacheflow · 3 pointsr/modelmakers

I was looking at getting something like this

Does anyone have any experience with that?

u/BastardStoleMyName · 3 pointsr/3Dprinting

An air brush kit like this will work fine for starters.

I have something similar and it works great.

The learning curve comes with setting up the airbrush just right. There are several points of adjustment that effect how the paint comes out, and it took me a while to figure out. So lots of trial and error. Getting a giant bottle of cheap water based acrylic primer and playing with that is a good way to start. Or even just plain water on sprayed onto something that will show being wet, brown paper towel or bag, or cardboard worked well.

u/REDcamp · 3 pointsr/SWlegion

I ordered this back in February and have been using it ever since. The compressor has been pretty reliable, and it doesn't hurt to have 2 gravity-fed brushes in the kit for that price.

I probably sit down to use mine a couple of times a week with a few down weeks mixed in. I'd probably estimate that the compressor has probably logged a solid 55 to 70 hours of total work over the past 3 months between learning/practice, X-Wing Minis, Legion, and terrain making.

u/hollow_bagatelle · 2 pointsr/Gunpla



X-acto -Z series blades are great.

For sandpaper you can just buy some popsicle sticks and 400, 600, 1000 grain, and then a buffing pad from a nearby hobby store or something like walmart even, it's all the same honestly. The popsicle sticks you can wrap the paper over to give you something to rub it against easily. Just practice on some of the parts that come with a kit that don't get used so you aren't eating away too much plastic.

u/santini35 · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

I have this one on my 20 gallon Kobalt compressor from Lowes.

Im not super familiar with a VL but it looks like its all there

u/holocause · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

Both is preferable. Doesn't hurt to double up. Either of which are relatively inexpensive. Depending on what compressor you are using, it is preferable to have a regulator that uses a 'closed' system rather than a 'bleed-through' system. The reg that comes with Iwata's SmartJet (like mine) uses a 'bleed-through' which meant that if you wanted lower than 40 PSI, the excess air was vented to get to the PSI you wanted so that meant that the compressor was constantly running even if you weren't actually spraying which could decrease your comps longevity. I've since replaced the reg with a closed system that contains all the air so now my comp shuts down once it reaches it's max PSI when not in active use.
This is what I have currently installed.

u/ThePlasticCrackBlog · 2 pointsr/Warhammer40k

I'd imagine it would. You could use this regulator to get it down to 30psi to airbrush with using this regulator

It's one I have attached to my compressor.

Badgers are great and I have a velocity and it's the best I've ever had (, however it might be worth getting a cheaper one to learn with as they get broken easily because the needles and parts are so fine. So maybe pick one up like the iwata neo. That was my second one and the only reason I replace it was because I fucked it up in my ultrasonic cleaner by keeping part of it together.

u/Hexteque · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

Its an endearing model because every modeler has one like it. Pretty good job for being a first kit!

As for airbrushes... I started with the super cheap Master brand airbrush. Later on I got a Japanese made Iwata. I can say that buying the Master airbrush + compressor is the perfect starter. This is a good example:

You get an airbrush that will be a perfect starter and a good compressor that will last you into your next step up airbrush.

I recommend staying with acrylic paints-- just easier to work with.

For putty, to fill seams with, I also recommend Perfect Putty. It's water based so it's easy to clean up and work with. You put some on a tray and use a toothpick to apply to a gap or seam, then wipe excess off with brush or finger. After it dries you can use sandpaper or a wet cottonswab to remove excess.

What is your next kit?

u/HandBanaba · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

Also, looking at stuff on Amazon, would this be a decent kit to get started with? I'm sure the paints are fiarly useless but I've heard good things about the HP-CS and the the extra stuff seem to be a decent deal Vs. buying it all seperately?

Amazon bundle

u/Character_Spaghett · 2 pointsr/minipainting

I got this bundle of compressor and iwata HP-CS from amazon for just a bit over 300.

I've used it for priming, base coating and highlights for my tzeentch horrors so far and it's running fantastic at 20-25 psi.

I haven't used the paints it comes with but the cleaning pot, stir sticks and medicine cups for mixing the paint is a great added bonus!

u/SpillerOfCoffee · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

I just bought one as a starting kit a few weeks ago. I bought the one with the compressor with attached air tank. So far it's worked great for me and it's eased me into airbrushing and airbrush maintenance without having to worry about spoiling it, because the airbrush itself is just 25 bucks or less. If you do buy it, before starting, make sure you apply thread seal tape on all male connectors, and also soak the little nozzle and small parts in a warm mix of dish soap and water.

Edit : here's the Amazon link.

u/psycovirus · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

If you live in the US, Masters Airbrushes are very affordable test beds for air brushing.

Master Airbrush Multi-purpose Gravity Feed Dual-action Airbrush Kit

With an Air Tank.

If you live in other countries, you can consider AS186. Almost the same compressor but 220V. You can get a Chinese airbrush for testing purposes.

If you like Aurbrushing, you can upgrade to more branded Airbrushes like Iwata and Badger while keeping the Compressor... Then use the budget airbrush for Priming and such.

I personally have the AS186 for a year and painted assortment of 15+ HGs and MGs with it. Used included China airbrush for a few kits before deciding to get a Sparmax Airbrush since I'm convinced I'll enjoy airbrushing

Branded Airbrush gives better control over the thickness of the line, better for pre-shading.

u/Cessex6 · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

I think that is just a quick release.

Here is the one I used.

Mr Leveling thinner contains a retarder to slow the paint drying time a little bit to give your paint time to self level, so that is generally the recommended thinner.

u/Dumpysauce · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

The master airbrush compressors use bsp style while badger uses npt style. I think my badger Patriot uses 1/4 inch npt. But all you should need is the adapter

Master makes this

Edit: of course also each brand of airbrush uses it's own connector on the airbrush itself rather than standard sizes. Hence the need for the adapter

u/Ahatr · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

just double checked, I'm in the wrong. never had a harder & Steenbeck but it was my opinion that they were High quality but High cost, not the greatest choice for a beginner.

seems this airbrush has quite the price variation:

u/NvBlaze · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

Depends on your budget, I'd recommend getting quality tools from the get go, if you can afford them.

Decent starting setup would be TC-20T compressor (or equivalent, there's a bunch of similar compressors coming from the same chinese factory) and either Neo for Iwata, Badger Patriot 105 or H&S Ultra. All of them offer good performance and will last you quite a while. Personally, I'd go for Ultra simply for the ease of maintenance.

If you're on a really tight budget, you can look for some cheap chinese kit. Not the highest quality, but it'll do well enough as a learning tool.

u/wwbubba0069 · 2 pointsr/3Dprinting

Something like this for a budget beginner.

I prefer the Iwata Neo. Its dual action gravity feed

Then you need a compressor with an air regulator.

u/GoudaMustache · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

Eventually when I cave and get an airbrush I'll be getting the NEO CN Gravity Feed Dual Action Airbrush $58 and the Master Airbrush High Performance Airbrush Air Compressor $66.

u/Tweakers · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

You're going to find that you can either get some decent gear upfront for a realistic price, or you can go cheap and have to replace poorly performing gear almost immediately, which is the expensive way to go. These items below come in within your listed budget and will give you good service for years.

Get a compressor with a tank. Those cheap air compressors may save you thirty dollars upfront, but you're really going to regret having that on-demand-only air pressure bobbing up and down and screwing up your air flow. This Master TC-20T is a good buy. Get the TC-40T for twenty dollars more if you're going to want to do other types of spray paint art in the future. This one has more endurance before heating up. I own one of these and they are quality gear at a good price.

Get a decent starter air brush. This Iwata Neo Dual Action is good for a starter and yet isn't too expensive so if you screw it up you won't break the bank. At the same time, the machining of the parts is much, much better than those cheap Master sets which really aren't good at all. Granted, you may get lucky and get a good-yet-cheap Master air brush, but more likely than not, you'll spend most of your time trying to get the thing to give you a spray without splatter.

Get a quick release coupling set for the airbrush. Having to use a wrench to attach the air brush gets old really, really fast -- like immediately -- and the ten or so bucks makes it a great deal. Iwata-Medea Quick Disconnect Set

u/carlouws · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

You can hookup any airbrush to a compressed air can. It is never recommended for extensive modeling due to pulsation. You may be prone to pressure-loss while you paint and whatnot. The cheapest you can go is a $70-$100 compressor and a $40-$60 airbrush (Iwata Neo). 8 Dollar colors seems pretty expensive when mr.color bottles go for $2-$3 a bottle that when thinned goes a long way.

u/frewtlupes · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

Do you have any in mind? I haven't used it myself but I'm planning on getting my partner an Iwata Neo CN for christmas as her first starter airbrush- .35mm nozzle, two different gravity cup sizes, dual action and a price point of ~60USD make it seem like a phenomenal choice for a first go!

u/tehchosenjuan · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

The badger is great for the detail work you said you want to do and I would recommend it, since it is a detail oriented brush, the nozzle and color cup size make base coating, priming, and varnishing more difficult, you would be better off getting the eclipse or this to start out and then the badger for the detail work

u/Oarlock · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

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

This is the airbrush I use. I like it, but have never used a different one.

Air Compressor

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.

u/animerb · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

the NEO CN is a great, cheap, gravity feed, dual action brush. A little more money than what you were looking to spend. But from what I've seen, it's just about the best value as far as budget airbrushes go. If you live near a hobby lobby you could probably use one of their aewsome coupons on it. And no matter what you go with, you'll need a compressor too.

u/Flyingswami · 2 pointsr/Warhammer40k

Airbrush Booth - You really shouldn't breath in the fumes. If you are painting indoors, you should use something like this to capture and filter the overspray/fumes. This is in addition to wearing a mask. You will see people in youtube tutorials not wearing masks and not using a booth - it's really bad practice if you care about your brain cells. I like the one below, but the fan is louder than the compressor.

80$ on Amazon®-Portable-Airbrush-Painting/dp/B00BMUH8L6?ie=UTF8&ref_=pe_385040_128020140_TE_3p_dp_1

$20- Paint mask/respirator - See notes above. I use one designed for spray painting.

Airbrush - I recommend starting cheap until you get a hang of it. It's easy to damage parts. It's been a while since I've researched, so I apologize for having forgotten the terms. You want an airbrush that is fed from a cup on top (gravity fed?), a trigger to control the air separately from the paint (maybe called dual action?), and needles .2 to .5mm. This airbrush came with a quick connect (to snap on and off of the compressor hose), which is a big convenience. They are cheap if you need to buy separately.

$10Airbrush cleaner fluid and brushes - to flush the airbrush and clean it after use.

$10- Airbrush cleaning pot - You spray cleaner and excess paint into this.

90$ - Compressor with Tank - The separate tank is key, it will maintain constant pressure very well and provide good steady flow. This one is pretty quiet as compressors go, but still noisy enough that you need to work behind a closed door.

$10 - Airbrush hose-

All in, it cost me $250 before paint.

u/TurboCooler · 2 pointsr/minipainting

I have this one as a second compressor and have had no issues. I have a larger noisy one from Home Depot I use in the garage or outdoors but for indoor use the one I linked sits under my work table.

u/TheAvengingKnee · 2 pointsr/Warhammer40k

If you are in the US I would recommend the badger airbrushs I have had great luck with mine.

I think the one I have is:

Get a gravity feed airbrush, they require lower psi to work and are just easier.

For a compressor get one with a tank it will give a nice consistent air flow. Something like this is a decent starter compressor:

u/gratefuldread · 2 pointsr/minipainting

I'm pretty new to airbrushing but I recently got this airbrush and I found it suits my needs. I wanted a compressor that had a tank so I had steady airflow, a regulator, and a water trap and this unit has all three for a reasonable price. At first I went to hobby lobby too but I found all their compressors were pretty expensive even after the discount. So, I don't have any recommendations from the list but the point zero compressor is solid for the price.

u/Muezza · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

You don't need anything heavy duty for airbrushing, but get one with a tank for sure.

I use this one: but it seems to no longer be available. It's quiet enough that I can close a door and barely hear it from the other room. Cost around $80, so target a price in that area.

From what I've read the expensive 'name brand' ones don't seem to be worth the extra price and you should just be prepared to replace the compressor every few years.

u/Capital-Gainz · 2 pointsr/Warhammer40k

TCP global makes excellent iwata / badger clones I have one (Master Airbrush® Brand G233-SET Multi-Purpose Precision Dual-Action Gravity F...

Works great for base coating, they also make a cheap compressor that works great. I do recommend a spray both and 3m dust masks as the atomized particles are not particularly great to inhale.

u/dbd6604 · 2 pointsr/Warhammer40k

I was in the same boat as you. This is all the stuff I bought:,,,, .

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.

u/biggles86 · 2 pointsr/Warhammer

Glad to see you playing with your boyfriend. those are some nicely painted minis as well.

as for airbrushes, I just got into this myself so I'm no real expert but I was able to get a nice starter set from Amazon. the master airbrush set seems like a cheap, but quality series. here is a link to a starter set.

or you could always just get the compressor and a brush separate, I would try to get one with a .3mm needle (out of .2, .3, and .5). as the .2 brush that come with that set seemed to get clogged for me (but that could just be from noobness and poor care).

sadly, I dont know too much about tables. I've just been using foldaway tables with felt on top.

as for the skaven Idea, most of the forgeworld stuff is awsome looking and makes a great centerpiece, but if you go play in tournaments or local clubs, most arn't entirely "legal" but I doubt many people would have too much problem playing against it.
and skaven do love their screaming bells. so that would be my recommendation, but only because I think it would find more use. the forgeworld Idea would be more of a nice surprise.

this is a lot of money for a birthday present, that's one lucky guy.

pm me or reply back to this if you want more info

u/NOSETACKLE · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

I airbrushed in a tiny apartment for a year before I moved somewhere larger. I used this booth ( which you can fold up when not in use. Just pop that hose out a window and you're golden.

The thing that actually took up more space than the airbrushing gear itself was my parts on alligator clips while I was building a kit.

u/brannana · 2 pointsr/minipainting

One of these:

Basically an open box with an exhaust fan that draws any overspray through an air filter and exhausts it somewhere else, usually a window. I don't bother with the exhaust on mine, though I do watch where the exhaust hits the wall to see how much, if any, paint gets through.

u/Ehur444444 · 2 pointsr/airbrush

Thank you very much for your reply, I appreciate it.

If I may just confirm, is the spray booth that you have and you feel it does well at grabbing all the particulate/dust?

Thank you again, have a great day.

u/paperpanzers · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

This is advice from someone that doesn't own or plan to own a spray booth (I wear a mask and open windows), but afaik the set up in commercial spray booth should be spark proof so it doesn't set shit on fire or even better (arguable point imo) the explosions at bay.

Every pic I see with a booth is that cheapo foldable one and people shoot lacquer at it with cero problems, fires and death reported so far.

This one

If you're a pussy and explosions and fire terrify you then I assume that you'll need to """"invest"""" more than 100 bucks in a real paint booth from a real company you can sue

u/YoJimGo · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

Master Airbrush Portable Hobby Airbrush Craft Spray Booth (without Optional LED Lighting) for Painting All Art, Cake, Craft, Hobby, Nails, T-shirts &

u/Route66_LANparty · 2 pointsr/minipainting

Get a paint respirator and you are good to go.

u/Station28 · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

one of these is what i use

u/Balmong7 · 2 pointsr/minipainting

Here you go

edit: I know you probably wanted a cheap cardboard box solution. But paint fumes in doors aren't something to play around with.

u/Ghoda · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

My compressor recently died and I was looking for a cheaper one as well. The guy at my local hobby shop talked me into a Paasche D500SR which was a bit more than I wanted to spend but I am extremely happy with it. Very quiet and solid flow. You can probably find one on Amazon for about $120

You can also get portable spray booths with exhaust hoses as well, very handy and quick to set up

u/IVIilitarus · 2 pointsr/Warhammer

I've been using the equivalent of this for three years: Master and equivalent kits like this are the cheapest end of acceptable airbrushes, although enthusiasts will nudge you in the direction of higher end airbrushes made by Badger, Iwata, etc.

I've found that a simple kit like that is more than adequate for basecoating, lighting, shadows and varnishing. If you're going to buy an airbrush kit, the things you absolutely need are:

Dual-action gravity-fed airbrushes. Gravity feeds allow you to work with smaller amounts of paint and dual-action is mandatory for the extra control you get when doing smaller work.

A decent compressor. The kind pictured in that kit is a good start and there are variants with tanks. These compressors run well and run without maintenance just fine, but you need one of a good size. Never fall into the trap of buying an ultra-portable mini compressor used for cake decorating or nail art because they are too small and tend to overheat.

In my opinion, the compressor is actually more important than your choice of airbrush because if your airbrush fails, you can just buy another one and screw it onto the hose. And having a weaker airbrush mostly means more cleaning and hassle, but won't necessarily make your product worse. Having a shitty compressor means you will always have shitty painting experiences.

u/75dwhite · 2 pointsr/minipainting

I have a similar one looks like just the name on the side is different

PointZero Airbrush Dual Action...

u/Scale_Model_Assassin · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

Heres a link to the airbrush kit I started with. I got good results with the 2 gravity feed brushes it comes with. Im still using the air compressor with the Iwata brush I upgraded to:

Personally, I like Tamiya branded supplies. Their kits have great details and Ill also use their masking tape, primer, and paints. I like acrylic paint in general since its easy to clean i.e. wash everything out in the kitchen sink with water.

For clear coating, Ive used testors dullcote and glosscote and had good results over Tamiya paint except for when I spray too much at once with the rattle can. For that reason Im thinking of switching to Mr. Color super clear so I can use it with my airbrush and have more control and a finer mist.

I use Microset & Microsol with my decals

Vallejo acrylic putty is easy to use. Model Master cement (for thicker more viscous applications) and Tamiya extra thin cement for the fine detail work. Tamiya line accent color (black or brown) for my panel lining. I wipe it off with testors enamel thinner.

For weathering pigments, MIG products work well or you can DIY by scraping artist pastels and using the dust created.

Finally, most of my small tools (knife, chisel/scraper, tweezers) are branded "excel". I think that is just the brand my local hobby store happens to sell.

There are of course many more options for materials/supplies that work great for modelling but this is just a sampling of the brands that I use on my kits.

u/DAt_WaliueIGi_BOi · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

I just got one and the thing is a piece of junk. I returned it and got a whole set of three really high quality airguns and a compressor for about 80 bucks. Here is the link for it btw:

u/cpm1888 · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

Seriously considering getting an airbrush since brush painting is my least favorite part of modeling lol. I have a large stand up compressor but it doesn't have a moisture trap. Price wise to get everything I need to use my current compressor I could get this set for a little less money. I'd get a better brush down the road if I I liked airbrushing but would this be a decent starting set or should I just save up a little more and hope I enjoy it lol.

u/ElseFangorn · 2 pointsr/Warhammer40k

I've been using the Iwata Neo. It's inexpensive and comes with a compressor. I've been happy so far.

Iwata NEO CN Gravity Feed Airbrush Set

Edit: added link.

u/calder87 · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

That unit will work, but a bunch of manufacturers make near-identical compressors and some are cheaper, like this one.


Some reviews note poor quality on the fitting between the air tank and the water trap/regulator assembly, but that hasn't been my experience. Maybe quality control has improved since those reviews, or maybe I just got lucky. Your mileage may very.

u/zombcakes · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

Without knowing the condition of the brushes/compressor, you can get a new compressor and brush for about the same price. Honestly starting out it would probably be more confusing to have all those brushes at your disposal instead of becoming proficient with one.


Compressor with tank - $70

Badger 105 brush - - $78

Cleaning kit - $14

Total new (minus tax) - $162

u/Urzawrym · 2 pointsr/airbrush

For your budget I'll go with a Badger Patriot 105 Arrow, it's so easy to use and clean and the Arrow will give you a fine line if needed. A cheap compressor with a tank and a quick connect and you're good to go !

Badger Patriot Arrow :

Quick connect Badger for all hose :

Cheap Compressor :

With airbrush cleaner and thinner, and a cleaner pot, I think I fit your budget.... You can use the standard Badger Patriot 105 but the needle is .75mm instead of .5mm so you get less fines lines

u/Octokat · 2 pointsr/ageofsigmar

The problem with that kind of compressors are that they don't give out a stable amount of air. That means it may start spitting paint instead of giving a nice constant flow of air/paint.
You're going to get all sorts of opinions. Ones will say they work well, some others (like me), would recommend something with an air tank.

Something like that will do the work, it will last you very long if treated correctly and in the long run will save you some money. If you buy the cheap one, even if you only use it for priming and base coating, you will want to get a better one very soon.

In the end, the choice is yours, of course :)

u/trashcanreddit · 2 pointsr/airbrush

thats a great starter airbrush and should be perfect as a workhorse.

you just need a basic airbrush compressor to start with. the cost goes up the more quiet the compressor is while building up pressure.

i use this kit

the hose it comes with should work with the neo.

u/Models_n_stuff · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

You can get a tankless one .

It runs near constantly and can heat up. They are not ideal, but can do the trick for small jobs. I tend to work on my models for an entire day once a week, so I have one with a 3L tank.

If you got the super cheapie one there for $60 you could get the Badger 105 and you would probably have a little bit left over.

There is also this one. It is cheaper, so I really can’t speak to it’s quality.

u/rct0114 · 2 pointsr/modelmakers

Enamel paints and thinners have some nasty organic solvents. You better have a good spray booth or at least an exhaust fan close to your table. I wear respirator masks and safety goggles too since paint and thinner solvents are volatile. I also use nitrile gloves in order to prevent skin contact with nasty organic solvents. My work desk has an improvised spray booth with a pair of surplus 120mm server fans for exhaust.

Acrylic is safe for skin contact but inhaling airborne particles is another story. It's best have a spray booth/exhaust fan and respirator just to be safe. The solvents are non-toxic though. They are mostly composed of water and some isopropanol/butanol as solvents.

Here's a cheap air brush and compressor set from Amazon that I currently use. I'm trying to cut corners this time since I spent a lot for the kits and paints in the past few months lol. The compressor is rather weak so it might take some time to get used to it. I use it in short bursts since the compressor runs hot.

For enamels, I use 1 part paint to 2 parts thinner since my El cheapo air brush can't sustain constant air pressure. I find Revell enamels to be more suitable for air brushing. Humbrol enamels tend to be too thick and needs more thinner. They can be quite tricky to use. I use Mr. Hobby self levelling lacquer thinner for both enamels and Tamiya acrylics. It smells like hell though so you'll definitely need a spray booth or exhaust.

For Vallejo acrylics, I use a cocktail mix of air brush thinner, air brush flow improver and paint retarder. I use 1 part of that cocktail mix and 1 part Model Air. All of them are sold separately by Vallejo. For Tamiya acrylics, I treat it similar to lacquer and enamel paints. Also, Vallejo polyurethane primers work wonders for both acrylics and enamels. The paint binds well to such primers. You might want to give it a shot.

My tip is to try one technique at a time. Take your time working on a single kit. Start mastering the basics of base coat painting using your air brush. Then proceed to painting multiple coats, camouflage patterns, masking techniques etc. Eventually, work on the weathering process. Also, start with cheap model kits for practice so you won't bleed money for the hobby.

Welcome to the club and good luck!

u/jayrock5150 · 2 pointsr/airbrush

I have this, and I love it. The brush is not bad. $60 you can get iwata airbrush and the setup won't be bad at all.

VIVOHOME 110-120V Professional Airbrushing Paint System with 1/5 HP Air Compressor and 1 Airbrush Kit

u/crakawinterzz · 2 pointsr/airbrush

From a perspective of just buying a airbrush this past weekend, this is my mindset:
I bought
At $90 and using it few times already, I feel like I'm already gaining experience in what I feel like I can accomplish and what I feel is capable in doing. I feel like Id be at the same level with this one vs buying the max level dollar cost one. As I max out my level of knowledge I will eventually upgrade. If I mess something up at the mechanical level of the airbrush, I can troubleshoot and figure it out without the anxiety of messing up some high dollar item. And if I do do some permanent damage due to lack of knowledge, I learn from it without a huge burn to the wallet.

u/obebudda · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Looking for opinion on an airbrush to buy narrowed it down to these three.

Iwata HP-CS

Iwata Revolution CR

Paasche TG-3F

u/Setsuna00exia · 1 pointr/Gunpla

So, I saved up some money and have a break from school finally coming up. I see that alot of the badgers are decently priced (i think im going to stay away from the iwata as they are generally over 100). But is there a certain badger that you recommend? the one you originally linked seems like a good one, but is there any details with these other ones that you may have dealt with?






Im sorry for sending a bunch of links, but i'd thought id ask and see what you may say :D

u/_Whammo_ · 1 pointr/Gunpla

The Iwata Revolution is always on sale on Amazon. For $100, this airbrush is amazing. It's what I use day to day.

Further, you could go with the Iwata NEO. I've heard great things about this airbrush, though I've never used it. It's also on sale.

u/dylan227 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I bought one very similar to yours (the $50 version I believe). It broke on the second day of use :/

I think you would be much better off getting this one or this one. I have the Iwata Eclipse now, and it's good.

u/I-Like-Turrdles · 1 pointr/minipainting

This is my setup, I'm happy with it.

Additionally, a decent airbrush that is a little cheaper. to keep in mind, is that the NEO is NOT made by Iwata. It's a Chinese airbrush with their name on it. But I've heard it's quite decent. Here's a video on it, and it's got a great video for learning to clean your airbrush in the description.

u/rancor1223 · 1 pointr/modelmakers

What about the Iwata Revolution. Seems to be halfway there is terms of price, but unlike NEO is actually manufactured in Japan (supposedly higher quality). That's what I as a beginner bought and I love it.

u/ChainsawSnuggling · 1 pointr/Warhammer

I have that Master Airbrush kit. You get what you pay for. It worked alright for a couple uses then crapped out on me. The compressor is still kicking though and I currently use it to power my Iwata Revolution, which has taken a couple months of heavy use like a champion so far.

u/BishopMiles · 1 pointr/Gunpla

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

u/saikron · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I just bought this, and it's great for me. It has a .5mm tip which would probably be considered large - they're usually .3mm. That big honkin' tip means I can blow any paint through it with little or no thinning.

I also bought the Master starter kit for like $70 that comes with a working compressor and crappy airbrush. Honestly, if it could blow the glittery createx crap that I use it would have been perfectly OK for gunpla. My plan is to use this compressor until it burns up (reviews say it will).

u/sujinjian · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Thanks for the info!

So now I'm look at the Iwata Revolution and TC-40T. Do you have any other recommendations for tanked compressors? How do you refill the airtank?

u/SnowblindAlbino · 1 pointr/airbrush

Can't you just add a secondary regulator downstream from the broken one? Then you can drop your 60 to 30 without worrying about the original.

That said, I have an older Badger and the regulator appears to do nothing until it is turned almost to the extreme end of its range-- sits at 80 psi until the last 1/2 turn, after which it drops right to where I need it.

u/ShreddinPB · 1 pointr/lasercutting

So, I have a smaller compressor at home for tools and the such, this guy
and I have attached an airbrush regulator with filter

Will these work good for air assist? I rarely use the compressor and would love to make it more useful ;)

u/7x13 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

If you're buy an Airbrush Compressor it should have it included along with a water trap. Should Look Something like this.

u/hp0 · 1 pointr/airbrush

As others have said. The only difference between an airbrush compressor and a shop compressor is the water trap and max output pressure.

You can buy a water trap for £15 in the uk. Prolly equiv in US. That also has a pressure control switch and a gauge to ensure you keep the pressure at the 20psi or below that is usually needed for an airbrush.

But the water trap is about the most important bit. Without that as the air expands into the hose water condensation will build up messing up your paint royally.

This is the trap that came with my airbrush specific compressor.

u/the-Nick_of_Time · 1 pointr/minipainting

Master Performance G22 Airbrushing System Kit with Master TC-20T Compressor with Air Tank, Air Hose & G22 Dual-Action Gravity Feed Airbrush

It's that I also have cleaning fluid, thinning stuff, and a pot/stand. But that's pretty much it.

u/robotbara · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

Master Performance G22 Airbrushing System Kit with Master TC-20T Compressor with Air Tank, Air Hose & G22 Dual-Action Gravity Feed Airbrush

this is what I started with, its a good deal not the best airbrush. I've since upgraded to a badger, but tge compressor still works 5 years later

u/Ben_Booley · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

I have this kit (more or less)

Definitely that compressor, and some similar Master branded airbrush. I'm lazy and inevitably end up fucking up the cleaning every few months and need to replace it, but at $26 it's not that big a deal. For a long time I just sprayed into a cardboard box near a window with a fan running, recently switched to one of the master branded spraybooths and while nicer, it's far from required.

u/Kariko83 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

The big issue with that compressor is that it is tankless so it is unlikely to give a good consistent flow of air. If you can I would save up a bit extra and get a compressor with a tank like this one. While it is a bit bigger it isn't that big being about the size of two 2-liter bottles staked on their side and is pretty easy to store.

I personally purchased a version of this kit a couple years back and while I have moved on to a better airbrush, I still use that same compressor.

u/wisdomsolo · 1 pointr/minipainting

This one and the one that comes with the air tank are on my amazon wishlist and I'm watching a ton of videos to make sure it will be a good fit for me.

Airtank airbrush

u/Masamune_Shadow · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I use Master Airbrush stuff. I never used the super expensive airbrushes or whatever, and I don't plan on doing so when i can get a everything I need for a complete airbrushing solution for the price of just one airbrush.

I currently use this:

However I wish I had gotten one with an airtank and not just a compressor, as the compressor is always running when I'm actually brushing.

I would recommend going with this:

It's the same as I am currently using, but comes with an airtank (And that's the lowest price I've seen for it).

If that is a little steep to jump in with, I started with this months ago:

And it has everything you need (minus paint) to get started, It's a great kit to get started, but the lack of a PSI gauge will limit you fairly quickly. And if you upgrade, the airbrush can still be kept moving forward.

u/portablezombie · 1 pointr/ageofsigmar

I have a Master setup (mine came with different needles though,) and the brush is certainly decent for a beginner. However, I would recommend a combo with a compressor that has a tank (like this: Tanks help regulate the pressure and won't constantly run, like a tankless setup.

As for cleaning, like Jacers said, water is usually enough. You may want to pick up some airbrush cleaner to run through after a session, just to be thorough.

u/RyluminYamata · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I second the Badger Krome series. I just started airbrushing as well and decided to purchase the Badger RK-1 Krome airbrush and it's been working great. A decent compressor for a decent price is the Master Airbrush Compressor. I have the one with the water trap but not tank (an oversight on my part), but even without the tank, it has a shutoff feature whenever you hit the set PSI. This is the one with the water trap and air tank:

u/raidendM · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Thanks for the input everyone, I think I'm going to go with the iwata hp-cs once I get the money. I found this bundle on amazon which comes with the iwata and compressor and seems like a pretty good deal. Thoughts?

u/tjkopena · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

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.

u/Insuranceisboring · 1 pointr/rccars

I airbrush all my bodies. I basically have this setup. IWATA is a decent brand. It's amazing what you can do with airbrushing as opposed to rattle cans. ALSO note that the createx paint is good for lexan. It's flexible and won't chip. You may need 5 or more coats if you're going for a good covering.

You really get what you pay for on what rig you go with. You want a nice easy to clean gun, a good solid compressor, so you maximize your time painting and not pissing around cleaning, changing psi's, spattering, needle centering, spray patterns. Try not to cheap out on it. You won't be sorry. I also built an indoor spray booth for <$100. But that's for another post.

Here and Here is first body I did freehand. I use liquid mask by the gallon....


u/kill3rb00ts · 1 pointr/minipainting

Got a cheap one: Works fine for me, but I'm still pretty new to it. Nice for priming (with the 0.5 tip) and basecoating at least.

u/Gerwalkun · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I prefer this one. I recently upgraded my compressor to this one from the 80 USD one and do not regret it.

u/Easy_senpai · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Oh great wizards of plastic! Newb airbrushing question. I am stuck on trying to decide which is more worth it for gunpla. I have found these two are decently off, but one comes with a few extras. I just do not know if the extras are needed for the extra price. Here are exhibit a and exhibit b. What do you lot think?

u/jkilla4rilla · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I got this one off Amazon: Gravity Feed Multi-Purpose Airbrushing System Kit with a Pro Set G222 Master Airbrush with 3 Nozzle Sets (0.2, 0.3 & 0.5mm Needles, Fluid Tips and Air Caps) - Powerful Compressor with Air Storage Tank

Worked really well, glad I got the one with the tank!

u/DRAGONPUTZ · 1 pointr/Gunpla
u/BloodedRogue · 1 pointr/airbrush

This is the model I use! I'm not sure where you're located -- but I use the Master Airbrush G222 and my airbrush is dual action

u/lissonte · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Iwatas are good. Most of my friends use the Neo.

I personally went for Harder and Steenbeck evolution. Their entry model is the Ultra

u/MyStationIsAbandoned · 1 pointr/resinkits


so if i get this:

What else would need besides the paint? Would be all that i needed or would i need some kind motor or whatever? All I want to use the air brush for is painting skin. I have a spray can for primer that's worked well for me so far.

u/Ephriel · 1 pointr/Warhammer

the iwata neo is a good cheap airbrush. I used to use one untill I upgraded to a Sotar, and they're pretty decent.

u/gunplanium-alloy · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I too would appreciate this.

Not Black Friday but I was recommended this compressor and this air brush on the Discord channel yesterday.

u/andrewlantz · 1 pointr/airbrush

I have this one. It is great and it has never let me down. As far as an airbrush, I suggest the Neo. If you are from the US they will be cheaper yet.

u/IsThisUsernameFree · 1 pointr/Warhammer

I have one cheap 0.2mm Sparmax SP20 and one Iwata Revolution Br (0.3mm). The cheaper one is a lot more work to clean and maintain, though I am unsure if it is a quality issue or just the smaller nozzle diameter that's causing it.

I don't have this one, but I have heard very good things about it:

If you plan on buying one, look at the "frequently bought together" area a bit under the main image. You do want a quick-disconnect and the cleaning pot, it makes it a lot easier. You should also consider a soft, braided hose (the plastic ones are often a bit springy and can resist your movements).

Do you have a suitable compressor?

u/MetroidHunter26 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I don't mind investing in an airbrush set. I do want to know if this one Airbrush is pretty good. I looked it up on Amazon and saw it was half off so I decided to get it. My local stores don't have anything like that. I'll have to go look for a compressor and pressure regulator later on. Just don't know what kind of paints I need and how to start prep work properly. I don't want to break my kits or make them brittle or something.

u/CplCrawfish · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

If you're looking to spend a little less, I have the Neo, and I'm very happy with it.
Then again, I don't do anything crazy with it whatsoever, mainly for basecoats of light colours or large models.

u/Dewyn · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

Out of my 3 airbrushes I seriously still find myself using this bad boy. It's easy to clean (paint well screws off) and it's not very expensive at all.

u/johno_mendo · 1 pointr/modelmakers

The compressor is branded different in Australia but this is it.
And it seams the brush is a little more on amazon in australia but it is worth every penny and the cheapest quality airbrush around.

u/AcadianMan · 1 pointr/airbrush

You can't go wrong with an Iwata NEO. I'm not sure how much detail is involved in what you are painting, but this airbrush is very versatile.

If you look at the bottom "Customers who bought this also bought" you will see compressors.

u/ViggoMiles · 1 pointr/Warmachine

That? how much are the rest of the hose and hopper run, do you know?

u/TheCoxer · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Is it worth getting an airbrush and air compressor? Would this air compressor and air brush be good? I've been interested in painting and building more complex kits and was wondering if I should make the investment.

u/_berliner · 1 pointr/modelmakers

I use this one.

Some are dual action (like the one linked), some are single action, some have wider spray areas -- this is a pretty good airbrush tutorial (part 1 of 3).

u/Beerady · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I did it with brush but my brother and I just split on this affordable one . I used these paints for color. As for the weathering, I dipped a small but wide damaged brush into grey paint (silver works better) and lightly lined the edges that I thought would chip away first. I tried to be careful because it’s easy to over do it.

u/kablaq · 1 pointr/Warhammer

For airbrushes, I'm personally a fan of the Neo by Iwata, especially their gravity feed (cup) model. The brush is well built, fairly easy to take apart and clean, and has very few issues with most paints and other products you may put through it.

I picked mine up on sale for around $50, and if you have a Michael's or Hobby Lobby nearby, you may be able to pick it for less with one of their one-item coupons they release occasionally. It's also nice if you have a hobby store near by as you can drop in a pick up replacement needles or nibs if you accidentally drop it >.>; . Needles and nibs typically cost in the 10-15 dollar range for replacements, so not too terrible.

For compressors, a simple compressor with a tank will work wonderfully, so long as it has a proper pressure regulator and water trap. I have this compressor and it works well, after I got the correct airbrush hose to attach to the NEO.

There are a couple extra tools that can help with airbrushing as well, but most can be picked up at a later point. Something I would recommend that you get with the initial purchase is a spray booth. This allows you a place to spray into and capture many of the errant particles of paint from your airbrush. Combined with a proper respirator mask, it will ensure that you don't breath in any of the particulate from airbrushing, and hopefully don't have airbrush paints drying on items they weren't directly sprayed on. I would say of the two, the mask is the most important to have.

A quick-disconnect is useful for cleaning and swapping airbrushes, but isn't really necessary at first. A cleaning pot is also useful as it gives you a dedicated space to spray out leftover paint and cleaing fluid, and should stay fairly contained.

I would also look at purchasing a ultrasonic cleaner further on, as it is amazingly helpful for cleaning the airbrush when paint has leaked into the body, or spilled into places it shouldn't be.

Other's can probably offer advice as well, but that's what I currently use. Hope this helps!

u/jayadan · 1 pointr/airbrush

If that's all you want to do then almost any airbrush will get the job done, but if you think that there's even a chance that you want to go further than that, you might consider getting something at least reasonably good.

I like the Iwata Neo as a good starter brush.

Have you thought about asking around to your friends and seeing if any of them have an airbrush you can borrow? Alternatively, you could look around and see if anybody is offering an airbrush demo/class in your area.

u/KMTiger74 · 1 pointr/modelmakers

u/didgeboy and u/Monti21 make valid points. I picked up an inexpensive air compressor and cheap airbursh from Amazon. While the compressor is has turned out to be very nice - quiet, easily adjustable - I upgraded to an Iwata Neo and haven't touched the cheap airbrush since. I've picked up a second Neo, and am now looking to buy something for more detailed work. Paint flow through the better airbrushes is much more consistent. I've really enjoyed the learning curve!

u/JaguarDaSaul · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Something like this is okay to start with. If you want a better brush the Iwata Neo CN and the Badger Patriot 105 are highly recommended and are beginner friendly.

u/TrappistTripel · 1 pointr/modelmakers

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.

u/sentientmold · 1 pointr/minipainting

Compressor reliability does seem to be a crapshoot. I have a paasche cheapie ~100 bucks i bought 4 years ago that is still alive and kicking with intermittent use.

My advice would be to try out a cheaper one first. The one I linked comes with an airtank too. I just don't think 2.6x the cost is justified for compressor internals.

u/WhatsMyLoginAgain · 1 pointr/modelmakers

That's a full sized compressor, but same theory :-).

You need an airbrushing one. Have a look at these:

Not sure where you are located, but try art or model supply shops, search for "airbrush compressor". They should go for around $100-200. You only need 1/5 to 1/4 HP as you only need to reach up to 30 psi (most spraying would be 18-25 psi).

u/Yukon_Cornelius_35 · 1 pointr/modelmakers

I bought this compressor along with a Iwata Neo airbrush and a 6' hose. Came out to around 150$ total.

That compressor's like a 3rd the cost of some other compressors with the same features. And while it's only been a month, I haven't had a single issue with it.

u/daveschur · 1 pointr/ModelCars

Someone posted a great set of videos by a guy who is a real "no-nonsense" airbrusher. His thought is that you use lacquer thinner (basic cheap stuff from a hardware store) to clean EVERYTHING. Even acrylics. Going with that approach I don't think it really matters.

I mostly spray acrylics and the Allclad stuff (which is Lacquer), but have used some enamels without any issues. Just thin it with actual proper thinner, and don't waste the good thinner on cleaning the thing.

Not sure about the Paasche, but the Iwata's are similar quality wise I think, and they all have seals that can handle any of the solvents, so the brush itself won't have an issue with any of the paints.

With any "kit" I think you are making tradeoffs. I would spend the money on a good brush, double action (whatever your preference for brand). I have found the .3mm needle size (some are .35) to be the most versatile. Iwata HP-C can be had for $150 or so. I am sure Paasche has a similar one.

For compressor I have been very happy with this one which was pretty inexpensive:

I am sure you can get a better one, and with any of these "knock-offs" there are some risks as quality control may not be as consistent with the brand name ones. Compressor will have a much smaller impact on your quality of life than the airbrush itself. If you eventually got tired of the lower volume tank and too much running, or wanted something fancier or quieter, or if it ends up crapping out after a coulle of years you can trade up. As long as it holds pressure, and has a reasonable regulator and water trap, the compressor itself won't give you any problems until it dies. A cheap airbrush, on the other hande, will be miserable and frustrating every time you use it. Or worse, will be fine up until the point that it spits out a gob of stuff in the middle of an almost perfect paint job (speaking for a friend of course ;-) )

u/metalmodelmolder · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Im terrible when it comes to giving advice. Im pretty new to airbrushing and gundams too!
I bought an Iwata airbrush and this compressor. I love it and it has been very reliable.

If Ive learned anything in my short time in the hobby, I would say its patience.
Take your time when airbrushing. Thin coats and several coats is smarter then one thick coat. Also, learn paint and thinner compatibility.

Good luck!!

u/HedgehogKnits · 1 pointr/minipainting

then getting to a Michael's or Hobby Lobby isn't very difficult for you. You do have more Michael's and I would say their selection isn't as good, but it might just be logistically easier.

If you are planning to use this to prime minis, I recommend a .3-.5 mm nozzle. Iwata is a good brand that you will see, but it's more top end. Ebay and Amazon carry Masters, which works fine. - Decent one with a variety of size nozzles so you can figure out which one you like the best. Even comes with a hose.

Beyond that, get good paints. Michaels sells testors brand and while it worked, I got a lot of spatter. Hobby Lobby, interestingly enough, has a couple of aisles for mini kits (Army and War) and those are a good resource to get started, in terms of paint and cleaner and such.

u/Treefiddyt · 1 pointr/funkopop

I actually just got into it myself. I got a cheap one but I've had no complaints with it.

Start up costs can be deceiving. I already had a compressor but ten I had to find a random adapter. Then a in line water filter, airbrush cleaner, cleaning can(made my own), paints, ect. You can see how it adds up.

u/PHILS0N · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

I was just looking at that I believe Here. Seems to be a good kit since it comes with a compressor, can always get a nicer airbrush from Badger later if I need I suppose. Do you know if the cable for the compressor would be universal to use on a Badger? (I am assuming they would make this universal since it is probably a compressor/airbrush standard)

u/z3r0p1lot · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I bought a kit similar to this but with only 1 siphon fed dual action airbrush. I have little to complain about it.

u/Grumbar2165 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is what ill be saving up for first i think.

I will use it for painting models mainly, but may look into starting designs for motorcycles and cars as well, this will give me everything i need all in one package

u/Nofabe · 1 pointr/cosplay

I want to get an airbrush, wondering what would be the best to start with - in a video about airbrush the guy had one he labeled as "beginner" for ~100$, now I found one on ebay that goes for half that but doesn't have a compressor like the other one, I'm wondering if it'd still do the job...

u/JunkDestroyer · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I got this as my first set about a week ago. I've only used it once, but it was easy to assemble and use.

u/XnFM · 1 pointr/minipainting

An Airbrush Booth is essentially the most compact way to set up adeqeuate ventilation if you're not working in an area that's naturally well ventilated (like a garage or something). It's just like the fume hood on your stove or the exhasut fan in the bathroom, only it's generally connected to a box of some kind, usually with a light, and a lazy susan. I've linked that "standard" commercially available one, but there are other options as well. Some people DIY them as well, though i wouldn't recommend it if you don't have access to the tools and know-how to do it already.

u/WeaselStink · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

>Would you have a guess at consistency? Does a base coat like 50 paint / 50 water? Just an idea of an amount?

Depends on how thick the paint is, really. It can change from color to color, and even pot to pot. Varies with age of the paint too.

There is no magic ratio that I have found. It has to be mixed where it's thin enough to flow but still be able to stick. Too thick and it sputters, too thin and it goes on like a wash.

It's not that hard, just make adjustments as you're spraying.

>Damn! haha. Do the metal flakes give the brush issue?

Yes sir! Hit that one on the head.

>What is better? Do you use them both?

I use about 50/50 bottled water/vallejo flow improver.

Flow improver isn't cheap, but makes the paint stick a bit better.
Water is cheap, but turns the paint to a wash. 50/50 seems to work for me.

Kenny Boucher is the one that turned me on to the flow improver/water mix. He calls it "Gangsta Gumbo"

>When you say badger specific parts, do you mean replacement parts? How often do you have to replace pieces on them?

Mainly the oddball thread size where you connect your air supply from the compressor. The air hose was hard to find locally. Still ended up having to get some stuff from home depot to make it fit the compressor.

I think Iwata uses standard threads.

Replacement parts too, though that is true of any airbrush.

>What primer would you recommend using in your brush? I generally prefer a matte black.

Vallejo Surface Primer all day, baby! They have it in quite a few colors. I usually go with black.

>Are these small enough to place on my desk? I don't have much extra room in my office. Link to a decent one?

I find mine to be invaluable, I would not airbrush any other way. It is about 30" wide x 16" tall x 24" deep + hose that runs to the window out of the back of it. You will need a light for it.

edit After looking at the measurements on Amazon, it appears my memory for scale is borked. Is smaller than I said above.

>Thanks so much for taking the time to spread the knowledge!

No problem bud! The airbrush has saved me a ridiculous amount of time and made my models look far better.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Edit: Looks like list may not be showing so here are the components:

Airbrush: Iwata Plus C dual action

Compressor: Not sure which one to get?

Spray booth:

I'm currently in a studio apartment and in med school so obviously I'm tight on a lot of things, but I would like to get into airbrushing.

I've heard the iwata was good, but I'm confused about the compressors b/c I want something quiet so I chose a couple (two of them look to be the same). Also, instead of making a spray booth I wanted to save time and just get a pre made one.

If I order the iwata, a compressor (Are the ones I've chosen any good?), and a spray booth will I be set? Since I live in a small apartment I'm planning on using acrylics to be safe. Just to clarify, I've read the faq and other threads about airbrushing but wanted to see if this particular setup is any good.

u/dravenhavok · 1 pointr/minipainting

This airbrush booth is what I use as I also exclusively airbrush indoors. The fact that it folds into a neat little suitcase is a huge deal for me since I have very limited space.

u/Jberg18 · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

I've been using one of these for airbrushing (as well as using a mask) and it seems to work well. It should help glue fumes too if you vent it to outside.

u/chhappy7 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Selling - prices do not include shipping shipping will be via USPS flat rate, either small or medium (airbrush stuff probably large). Let me know if you want me to include box art and/or manual as well.

* RG Strike Freedom Wing of Skies Bandai - $20 I already tried it on for my RG SF

* RG Strike Freedom - $10 panel lined, decal'd. Parts of gold frame painted with gold

  • MG Unicorn OVA ver - $40 decal'd no panel line or top coat or paint; includes a Chinese knockoff Armed Armor DE

    * Master Airbrush® Brand Airbrush 3 in 1 Cleaning Pot-air Brush Holder-paint/car - $5+shipping; used once with the airbrush set link

    * Master Airbrush® Brand Portable Hobby Airbrush Spray Booth - $60+shipping; used once with the airbrush set; link

    * Master Airbrush Brand High Performance Multi-purpose Gravity Feed Dual-action Airbrush Kit with 6 Foot Hose and a Powerful 1/5hp Single Piston Quiet Air Compressor - $60+shipping; used once to put primer on a few parts for a car kit. link
u/cheese61292 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Some Compressor + Airbrush sets are good (like those from Pasche or Iwata) but it's all relative to your needs (as a good brush might not be good for Gunpla due to the scale) and what is offered.

There's actually a very good deal going on right now, as you can get a Paasche TG-3F with Compressor and all your needed accessories + Prime shipping (or free Super Saver shipping.)

With this set you have all you need to functionally airbrush but you'll also want to pick up some needed "accessories" for you.

  • Respirator, at least a half mask - Local Hardware Store for best options
  • P100 Filters - same as above
  • Alligator Clips on Sticks - you can pick them up at Hardware or Hobby Stores locally as well
  • Foam Block to put the skewers into and hold up the parts while you paint. Local hobby store, or if you have the packaging material used to ship heavy electronics like TVs that would work as well.
  • Spray Booth, if you plan to spray inside at least
  • Airbrush Lube, Iwata SuperLube or Badger Needle Juice
  • Cleaning Brushes, just part of your more in depth cleaning routine that you'll need to do.

    You will also want to pick up some glass jars (for storing & mixing paints) as well as some plastic pipes for more accurate paint measurements (makes the jars less messy as well.)

    I highly suggest getting an easy to clean brand of paint like Vallejo Air to start with, so you can learn with less trouble as Vallejo can be cleaned up in an instant with Windex or water.
u/dragonxx21 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Man you guys have it good in the US. Those kits are way more expensive in Canada :P That spray booth looks great! Too bad it's twice the price on D: \

Edit: How often do you worry about that thing blowing up?

u/fuzzy_one · 1 pointr/cosplay

There is but it is challenging... and can get expensive. Here are some options.

  • Construct one - You can make a frame out of wood, depending on the size, you can use square dowels or even 2x4’s for large ones. You can use a heavy gauge plastic drop cloth for all the sides. A cheap fan can help you vent the overspray out a window or door.

  • Buy One You can buy spray booths like this one, from multiple sources such as amazon. Problem will be getting one the right size with out getting overly expensive.

    Either way the largest challenge will be dealing with overspray that will be in the exhaust from the booth.

  • You need a fan that is strong enough to pull air through the fan and not allow paint out the front of the booth.

  • You also don’t want to rain paint down on people or property below your vent. You can catch some of it out by using an air filter between the spray booth and exhaust fan, but the more they can catch, the more expensive filters will be.
u/Spiridios · 1 pointr/ResinCasting

I have one of these hobby spray booths setup in my garage for winter painting. I didn't spend that much on it though, they can be had cheaper on ebay. The switch went bad on mine, so I had it open. It's just a large computer box fan, a duct, a filter, and some shielding, so if you're handy you could probably build one.

u/weableandbob · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Looking to set up a spray area in my apartment in the near future, but first a couple of questions:

  1. The area I have to work with is about 10 x 10 feet, outside of which I have things that I don't want to get any sort of paint dust on. Is it safe to assume that any overspray won't be able to make it that far as long as I have a proper spray booth?

  2. Does anyone have any experience with this spray booth? I'm aware that building your own is cheaper, but I'm fine paying extra to save time as long as the pre-built option does its job well enough.
u/wjapple · 1 pointr/Gunpla

if you have any other beginner questions, dont forget to post them here

this is a great Airbrush starter kit.

I got one a little over a year ago and it has held up really well for the price.

I would recommend using Tamiya Acrylic paints, thinned either with alcohol based thinner, or lacquer thinner.

you will also need a spray booth, a DIY booth would be the cheapest route but many folks go for this one and it seems to do the job.

there are many other supplies( respirator, pipettes, alligator clips, skewers, etc) you can pick up but those are the big items to get started.

u/grrcracker · 1 pointr/Gunpla

So still a work in progress. But I figured I would post up what I have so far. Had a catastrophic failure on the hands, broke the outer pieces that the fingers snap in to. Have some touch ups to do and stripping and repainting on the skirts in the works also. Still need to decal, top coat and panel line. But pretty happy with how things are turning out. This is the airbrush kit I am using, along with this hood and if you don't have one of these lamps, do yourself a favor and pick on up. They are awesome.

u/isforza3outyet · 1 pointr/minipainting

I got an airbrush for Christmas and picked this up:
It is a fold- up airbrush station that blows the paint fumes out the window. Maybe that would work? I havent tried it yet, because my airbrush is in the mail.

u/Mr_Roboto926 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Can some one give me input, preferably some one who owns this product, towards how it performs in their current usage and how it's been holding up. I'm trying to get into painting my gunplas but I dont wanma brake the bank on the airbrush kit, rather break the bank buying a gundam, other cheap recommendations are greatly appreciated.

u/Drew-des · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Just go on Amazon and grab yourself a Master’s Airbrush kit -> Airbrush Kit Its what I got and isnt bad. The compressor gets the job done and in December I will have had everything for a year.

Hope that helps with the airbrush decision making, make sure you post final product!

u/ice_09 · 1 pointr/Airbrushing

It's an okay deal - the same set runs about 120 on amazon.

What is your budget? I have used the master air brushes, but I found them to be very hard to use as a beginner. In my opinion, they are very temperamental. That said, they do get the job done. If you decide to pick it up, make sure to check it for bent needles and faulty o rings. One of the issues with the masters is the o ring they use. It deteriorates when you clean the brush with certain solvents.

u/Trtlman · 1 pointr/minipainting

I see a lot of people recommend this one

u/FoN925 · 1 pointr/PS4

I actually went to Amazon and looked at a few of their airbrush kits. Would you recommend something like this?

u/HeyUOK · 1 pointr/Gunpla

is this going to be an heavy hobby? like doing this a couple times a month? I bought this one

Alot of people will say the airbrushes included arent the best but Ill be honest. I had no issues using it for my first kit ever or my first paint job. This is what the results were for the body.

if you can invest in a better air gun and compressor that would probably be wiser if you plan to do this alot

u/Baron164 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Looking to get my first air-brush kit so I can start to do proper paint jobs. I found this on Amazon and was wondering if the community thought this would be a good starter kit?

u/sexisprettycool · 1 pointr/modelmakers

I found a kit on amazon for around 80 bucks. It came with a compressor and three types of airbrushes.
PointZero Airbrush Dual Action Airbrush Kit with 3 Guns
It's not top quality, but I've been happy with it, and it comes with a DVD that has tons of useful info for a beginner on it.

u/inn0cent-bystander · 1 pointr/airbrush

What are your thoughts on something like this?

Thinking for a beginner to get their feet wet, and have a few junk(?) brushes to learn on so you don't have to worry about totally screwing up one of the $100+ airbrushes?

u/ArianaGrandesCum · 1 pointr/HotWheels

Is this a good set up sir? PointZero Airbrush Dual Action Airbrush Kit with 3 Guns

u/vinnyt16 · 1 pointr/minipainting

Hey man, I've been using the air compressor from this for over a year and it performs admirably:


Only downside is that it's slightly noisy but It has an adjustable pressure and works very well for the price. I personally use a PSI of 30 or so but if you wanna be a cowboy and use 50 you certainly can.

u/BaronVonFunke · 1 pointr/modelmakers

I bought this kit and I've been having decent luck with it. You might also want to pick up a spray booth and a spray-out pot like this.

I went with the kit because I live in a tiny apartment, so a big and/or loud compressor wouldn't work. You might be able to save some dollars going for something bigger with a tank on it. My understanding is that the brush is much better than no-name cheap airbrushes, but not quite as nice as some of the higher end Iwatas.

This is enough airbrush to learn on and paint basecoats, shading, and block-in colors for miniatures and smaller models, but it doesn't have enough power to be very versatile outside of that range (you're not going to be painting a van with it, and freehanding fine lines/details won't be the best).

u/NeoRage211 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Iwata Airbrushes NEO CN Gravity Feed Airbrush Set, IWAIW120

For a starter I feel the price is good for the gun and compressor. It top feeder which is what I want. It not top of the line but I think it will do for practicing.

u/NeoFarseer · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

This have a tank this dont No tank, its a tank that storage ari so when you are spriying isn't always on. If he doesn't have a tank its always taking air and doing noise and also it hots faster.

u/jsullivandigs · 1 pointr/airbrush

I was thinking something along these lines:

ZENY Pro 1/5 HP Airbrush Air Compressor Airbrushing Kit w/ 3L Tank and 6FT Hose Multipurpose for Hobby Paint Cake Tattoo Nail

Not sure what you could do to make it quieter. Maybe sit it on a towel to absorb some of the vibration or something like that?

u/Riboflavin01 · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I think I decided to bite the bullet and just get an airbrush. Here is the setup I was looking at:



Just wondering what your thoughts are on this combo and if I need any other adapters/hoses/etc or if these two items will cover it. Also in regards to thinning the Mr. Color paints for the airbrush, what ratio of paint/thinner/leveling thinner should I mix at? (I am in a hot and dry climate)

u/wingsofsarrow · 1 pointr/minipainting

Would This be a good compressor

u/PhillipTang · 1 pointr/buildapc

I bought this air compressor for airbrushing model kits. I was wondering if I could also use it to dust out my PC. It comes with a moisture trap, but I'm not exactly sure how to deliver the air.

My first thought would be to just use my airbrush, assuming it's completely dry (I can run IPA through it to ensure it's dry) and letting the PC dry overnight (just for added safety), would this be a good idea? Or should I buy a cheap airgun instead?

u/BigDKinabox · 1 pointr/minipainting

$65 found this compressor with a tank. Would any of you guys be able to verify that this doesn’t need any adapters to work with an eclipse?

Also has anyone tried the ultra for 100 in comparison to eclipse?

Thanks you guys for getting me pointed in the right direction, there’s an eclipse at Blick right now for $150 and pending any reviews on the ultra I’ll be picking that up!

u/madigital1 · 1 pointr/airbrush

ZENY Pro 1/5 HP Airbrush Air Compressor Airbrushing Kit w/ 3L Tank and 6FT Hose Multipurpose for Hobby Paint Cake Tattoo Nail

Own it myself. External tank and . . . Do I even have to mention the price. Nice unit.

u/Adorable_Admiral · 1 pointr/modelmakers

A lot of airbrush compressors you will find are the same Chinese model that has been rebranded. You won't notice any difference in the amount of air pumped or volume it holds so your best bet is to go with the cheapest option on the market.

u/PeashyKanna · 1 pointr/modelmakers

I use an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS (the gravity feed one, and not the CN knockoff) and it works pretty good. My nozzle clogs up every now and again if I've got my thinning slightly off but otherwise, no major problems yet. I ended up picking up the compressor that was discussed here on the wiki and it works pretty well so far, and it's quiet enough that you can't hear it in the room next door. I live in a townhouse so that was really important for me. As with anything though, see what works for you and read reviews. This Amazon link is the exact one that I bought (and according to honey, its about 30% now than it was a month ago, so good time to buy lol).

u/Nezrit · 1 pointr/Gunpla

I got this one. It's a little more than I remember, but still under 100.

u/neverdeadned22 · 1 pointr/minipainting

I have this one and it works great, I've had no problems with at all and its been awesome to use especially since I was unsure about it and didn't want a bigger one with a tank. Granted I plan on buying one with a tank for the future, but starting out why not use that one your friend is offering

u/NewtypeInnovator · 1 pointr/Gunpla

TAIWANESE builders, I need your help!


I'm an international graduate student who moved into a dorm in Nangang 2 months ago. Since I'm in a dorm, I've been hand painting, but man no matter how smooth a finish I get, it still doesn't compare to an airbrushed finish. So I need help looking for compressors. In particular, I need to find something tiny and quiet.

At the very least, I need to find something like this. Looks very suitable for a dorm. If anyone can point me to a store that sells an Iwata Power Jet Pro that accepts payment with foreign credit cards, that would be great too!

So basically I need something very quiet and with a size ranging from a mini compressor to an Iwata Power Jet Pro (I think its length is around 30cm). If anyone has other recommendations, go ahead!

u/IsKor · 1 pointr/modelmakers

Hey! I began airbrushing only last year, so I was looking for a cheap starting kit. And for now, this hardware is perfect for my needs:

For 40 bucks it's a real bargain.

u/trilobyte12 · 1 pointr/AutoDetailing

Failing to get reflective, mirror like finish. What am I doing wrong?


I've been trying to learn how to spot correct paint for the last several months now, with the goal of doing some paint repair on my 2015 Honda Accord (purchased recently), that some people (who don't know how to park/drive) damaged while it was parked.

I've been practicing on a Honda CRV fuel cap that I purchased on ebay. Unfortunately, it's not looking so good. Like, I've learned how to fix almost any kind of scratches in the clear coat. But I'm failing badly at painting a spot and having that spot match the rest of the OEM paint.

The problem I'm having is that after the spot correction (i.e, painting & clear coating) the finish is matte and not the glossy, mirror type finish that's on the rest of the panel.

See the pictures:

Album with several pictures and Iv'e circled where I've painted:

I can't figure out why it's matte. I wet sand, and then I buff with rubbing, polishing and scratch removal compounds- and this gives the OEM paint areas a mirror like reflective shine, but if anything the area that I painted just turns more dull and matte.



Here is a list of the specific products that I'm using that can help diagnose whatever the issue is here (or maybe it's that I'm using one or more wrong items that is causing this?) -


- I'm painting using an air brush + small compressor I got from amazon for $40, which means I thin the paint (NH731P Crystal Black Pearl that I purchased from ebay) using a rustoleum lacquer.

- This is the Rust-Oleum clear coat that I'm using:

- This is the buffer that I'm using (it's not the fancy, expensive buffers that the professional autobody shops and detailers use):

- This is the airbrush compressor kit I'm using to paint base and clear coat with:

- This is the paint I'm using:

...and that covers most of it.


Anyway, I was thinking that maybe it was the clear coat I was using, which is on the more cheaper side and maybe that's why it's leaving a matte finish. But then I remembered that I clear coated the entire fuel cap not just the spot that I painted (just so the spot blends and doesn't leave a border). And you can see that the rest of the fuel cap where I clear coated still has that reflective finish and isn't matte, so that's not it.

So, basically I'm confused and I'd really appreciate any help and suggestions that you can give.

u/RodBlaine · 1 pointr/modelmakers

I got this kit on Amazon. Not a workhorse, nor quality but it works for minor jobs where I need to cover a small area quickly.

I travel a lot so have this for painting when in my hotel room.

u/Brutal_Boost · 1 pointr/airbrush

It won't to above 25 PSI. Before I start spraying it will show 50 PSI for example but as soon as I start spraying it drops to 25 and won't go any higher.

Ya that's the exact one that I had. I went ahead and ordered one last night. I'll go ahead and link it below.

Ya I'm just using createx water based acrylics.

u/andy21aa · 0 pointsr/modelmakers

You really need a decent airbrush, cheap no name knock-off copies will probably put you off airbrushing for life.

The NEO is made for Iwata who make some of the best airbrushes around. Review is here he does raise some issues, but this was written 7 years ago.