Could have sworn there was a sticky thread about airbrushes in here. I am looking myself, don't mind paying for a good one that lasts/ won't trash my mini's.
Is that good for the cash ?
For that amount of money? No, way too much money for a tankless compressor and airbrush, the books and literature will give you information that you can easily find for free on youtube, for airbrushing, seeing people do things on youtube is far superior for your learning compared to some books/leaflets.
I strongly advice to get a tank equipped setup. get a compressor with a 2.5-3 liter tank. A tank gives you much smoother air supply than a compressor only and also runs whenever your tank pressure falls under a compressor start value. A tankless compressor runs continuously, and the noise can be quite annoying (especially when priming and base coating an army for hours).
If you feel comfortable spending that amount of money, you get he best value for your $$ if you get a Sparmax TC610 compressor setup.
When it comes to airbrushes, consider the following:
If you want to highlight, shade, airbrush details (flames effects, OSL etc) then you want ta detail airbrush that has:
- Shorter distance between nozzle and trigger mechanism that gives better control for small finer work
- Smaller cup size that obstructs less the aiming/line of sight.
- Around 0.2-0.3 mm needle which is an optimal tradeoff between reduced clogging risk and cone size if spray pattern for detail airbrushing.
Good detail airbrushes are Sotar 2020, Iwata custom micron CMB and harder steenbeck cult of paint signature airbrush.
If you're looking at using your airbrush for priming and basecoating only, then you rather have a larger paint cup and larger needle (0.5-0.7 mm), in that instance I recommend Iwata HPCS, Badger 105.
Harder & Steenbeck sells these 2 in 1 airbrushes for their infinity and evolution line, where you get a small and a large diameter nozzle and needle set, they also have detachable cups and comes with a small and a large cup. So I highly recommend these for versatily of use. Also I find they have a smarter nozzle and needle protector design that makes dissasembly and maintenance much easier than the Iwatas (custom micron is very sensitive and fiddly to disassemble and maintain).
When it comes to ergonomy and comfort of use, I find the Sotar 2020 be better than the others, it has a comfy plastic shround around the air valve column that makes gripping comfy for long hours and also the short distance between trigger and nozzle a feeling of better control.
I have tried all the airbrushes mentioned above and own some of them, and if I had to choose one of them I'd either go for the Sotar 2020 (purely for ergonomics and comfort of use) or the Harder & Steenbeck evolution (or infinity) 2 in 1 set for versatility and smart nozzle design.
Edited by Imren, 18 December 2019 - 08:27 AM.