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« on: November 15, 2010, 04:59:53 PM »

Back from the CSS event with a shiny new Iwata HP airbrush.   After working with an Aztek for 15 years, its like going from a Honda to a Mercedes Benz.   I enjoyed torturing my Aztek, and got very good service from it,  but this thing will do stuff an Aztek can't.    Like very thin, pencil like lines, with zero overspray.   Shocked

I'd like to experiment with some different types of acrylic paints in the airbrush.  So far, I've only used Tamiya paints for airbrushing, and some craft paints thinned with airbrush medium.   

So, here's a wide open question-- what else is out there, what's your preference, and where to buy it? 

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 05:14:47 PM »

Congrats on the acquisition. I too love the IWATA (hint...their compressors are sweet also  Wink Grin )

Here are the paints that I have in my repertoire....and have shot through the AB. I am one of those guys that does use only the mfr. thinner with their specific paint.  Several of the paints below have their own pro's/con's and little tricks to get them to mix and spray better or differently. These days I primarily shoot only acrylics...except for the rare need of a color, finish, or surface adhesion only an oil can provide.


ACRYLICS:

Tamiya,
Vallejo (Model Color, Panzer Aces, Model Air)
Life-Color
Agama
Games-Workshop/Citadel
Model Master
...also have a few random bottles of other paints, such as Polly-Scale, etc.

OILS:

Humbrol
Model Master
All-Clad
Floquil
Gunze


I have also shot MIG, and AK filters/washes through the Iwata.


Below is the store I consider as Hobby Paint Nirvana.

Marc


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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 07:34:48 PM »

Yep  Wink  that's a huge selection.   Craig H
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 08:54:14 PM »

I'm pretty new to modeling, but have airbrushed for a while. I like to use PPG Omni paint. It's Urethane not Acrylic but it's easy to use.

It's for automotive use but it's awesome to airbrush rust effects. They have a good red oxide that works great. It dries really fast but you need to clear coat it afterward.
I painted THIS with it. I have an IWATA Kustom CS.

Once I set up my garage, I want to start trying some of the paints Marc listed.

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010, 12:08:44 PM »

Hey Jester

Tried your link but I got a  "403 - Forbidden Error" message.   Top Secret rocket project?   Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 02:04:47 PM »

Oh Snap! I forgot I turned on the hotlink feature!  Shocked
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Hey Jester

Tried your link but I got a  "403 - Forbidden Error" message.   Top Secret rocket project?   Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2010, 02:31:39 PM »

That's some crazy imaginative figure modelling with beautiful weathering effects.  You've found the right forum here!
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2010, 03:29:28 PM »

I also got bit like Dave.   I've never used an airbrush even though my wife has a newer Aztek.   But I ried the Iwata at Scott Mason's booth during the show and when I get the cash together, that's the one I want.   Meantime I've broken out the Aztek and am going to give it a try.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2010, 03:36:00 PM »

There's people who swear the Aztek is unusable, junk, etc.  Don't believe it.   I think some of the newer replacement parts aren't as good quality as the old ones, or don't quite match the old ones, but its still a good general purpose airbrush.   

I got to the point with mine, where I pretty much stopped cleaning it, just blew some water through after a session, and just left the unused brush in a jar of water till the next time.   Lips sealed Tongue Embarrassed Seriously. 

It soldiered on under conditions like these, till recently when I replaced the original, 15 yr old nozzle with a new made part, due to a crack.   Seems to be a slight mismatch which prevents it from working as before.     

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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2010, 07:59:22 PM »

Holy crap Marc! Where's that store located? I gotta stop by sometime.
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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2010, 12:22:00 AM »

It's not quite at the end of the earth...but you can see it from there. Wink Grin....it's out toward Fontucky..err Fontana, off the I-10 at 5515 Moreno St. Montclair, CA.

It's called Pegasus Hobbies http://h1070012.hobbyshopnow.com/ ...it's is definitely one of, if not THE, strangest hobby shops I have ever been in....they have some to a lot of everything..all crammed in, and it feels completely schizophrenic.....their plastic kit selection seems to have no rhyme or reason...they go from really old oddeties..to really high end Armorscale...with only a small amount and odd selection of mainstream stuff tossed in. Looking at the place one would never think they have this kind of paint selection.  It's a great place to just wander around, gawk and explore all the different stuff (except for the sniveling, noisy, disease infested walking petri dishes, known as "children", that are all over the place).


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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2010, 12:50:36 AM »

Oh Snap! I forgot I turned on the hotlink feature!  Shocked
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Tim,  That is really sweet!. Too cool. I would be really interested in some info or an SBS as to how you went about the painting and finish.

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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2010, 01:22:51 AM »

Jester, that rusty little robot thingy looks great! If I didn't know it was a model, I'd have thought it was a painted metal sculpture that had been allowed to rust.

Do you guys prefer single or double action airbrushes? When I was doing illustration I always used a plain old Pasche H, single action. Not the greatest airbrush, I know, but I managed. At one point I bought an Aztek but the double-action was something that took some getting used to, and I never had the time. It's just been sitting in the cupboard ever since.

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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2010, 08:26:58 AM »

Vallejo Paints look very interesting.  I like the dropper jar format, too.   I see there is a regular and an "air" type.   Is it worth getting only the "air" for airbrushing, or is it just a thinned out version of the regular?   

 
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2010, 10:59:17 AM »

I got my Aztek working and thinned out some paint and sprayed my first kit.   Worked OK but I still need to experiment some.   I do like the finished look of siding spray painted instead of brushed.   If this keeps up I may splurge.   And cleanup seems so much easier, no running to the kitchen sink each time.   The Iwata compressor with the auto start feature is real nice too.


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