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Discussion in 'Retailer Reviews' started by littlerick, Oct 6, 2014.


  1. littlerick

    littlerick Mac-Valve Maestro!

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    I may get a grilling here, but I'm sure there are people like me out there.... well maybe not! but anyway...

    www.bartsharp.co.uk If like me and your currently between jobs and living on ya wits... These are probably the best of a bad bunch of airbrushes. Yes its hit n miss if you get a good one, i must have been lucky, because its still working nicely. I'm sure that your within your rights to exchange if its not good. There is a range of guns, all with a range of spare's and its all cheap. I did a lot of research and searching, and yes, if i had the cash i would be blobbin paint out of a gun to die for, but £20 was all I had!

    So for seasoned airbrushers.. Stay away! You will only laugh and feel insulted about this post... Poor, unemployed noobs... Check em out!
  2. Squishy

    Squishy Queen Clown Slayer Mod

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    I think many people have started off with a brush like this, either through financial constraints, or because they don't know if they are going to like airbrushing or be able to do it, so don't want to waste money. Would be interesting to also know how many people: 1 - were happy with them (and quite a few are), 2 - how many gave up not realising the brush was stopping them learning because of poor materials and manufacturing, or 3 - moved on to something better realising that although the brush did work, needed lots of tlc to get it to work, was not reliable after a while, and parts didn't last,

    They are very hit and miss. You could get a good one, but when I started I found myself in the 3rd category. I was spending so much time trying to get the brush to work, I wasn't able to get enough consistency to actually be able to learn. Parts were poor and did not last, and I quickly realised that it was almost cheaper to buy a new brush, which I then did. Only that one didn't last either, and I wasn't able to get any farther along with learning to airbrush. I would have been better off saving up that money and buying a better brush to begin with, and that's what I usually recommend people to do. As soon as I had the better brush I realised the difference and was able to progress without the constant frustration.

    Then again if I had lucked out and got a good one right off, I would have been more than happy. But it is down to luck. I always say get the best you can afford. £20 was all I could afford when I started, and I wish I had held out for a better one, but if £20 is all you can afford and you're willing to take a chance, you could get lucky, just be aware that you could also waste £20.
  3. littlerick

    littlerick Mac-Valve Maestro!

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    I havn't had the opportunity to use one of the brushes yet... but i know good tools do make all the difference, i have a motorbike and no cheap spanner is going near it.... Same way as there is no way I would attempt to paint the fairing with my Veda.... I would want to be good enough to justify having the gun I would like.... No.. Make that GUNS... coz i like a few lol. That said, I am loving bashing out pretty shapes and messing on A4 paper with it... I've learned a bit. I'm still doing dots n lines n squigly bits, but also trying to paint something.

    More importantly, if I went out and ordered a new brush, whatever the bloody brand.... i would wake up with important bits missing!
  4. Madbrush

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    Did you mean important bits of the brush or important bits of yourself,, lol

    I started with cheapies myself, mostly because of the cost and although I have a decent Iwata now, mine are still all going with the exception of one that I dropped on it's head and damaged so bad that i couldn't get the needle out, most of what i in my gallery was done with them or a combination of them and my neo for iwata, but they do need a little extra attention to keep them going, if they don't work right in the start they never will, it's luck of th edraw in most cases.

    The only brush that ever let me down was a harder & steenbeck evolution 2 in 1 silverline, it never worked from day one and caused me months and months of grief, needless to say when enough was enough it got lobbed big time and hard too, the bastard.

    No harm in starting cheap if you understand how stuff works, but if you can it is definitely worth trying to save for a decent brush whatever make you prefer, and here's a little trick that worked for me, every time somebody here gets a new brush and they post pictures of it, wait until your wife in in the room and click on the picture then cry like a baby (practice this in the garage first) and when your wife asks what's wrong, just say how can he have one of those and I can't?. lol
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    littlerick Mac-Valve Maestro!

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    This guy has now started doing Iwata airbrushes at his store.... Not sure how good his prices are compared to others, but worth a look!
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    I have currently got three brushes. Two fleabay chinese jobs and one Veda 180. The 180 never worked properly from the beginning. I was able to get it working for around 10 minutes with a needle and nozzle kit from the above supplier. I would just like to say that my Veda came direct from china not from Bartsharp.
    It sits in it's box pretending to be an Iwata....It is not. It is junk! There are obviously good examples around but i can only talk about the one that i own.
    The side feed 0.2 needle fleabay brush has been working for the last year with only the odd fart and splutter so you can learn on a cheap brush.
    BUT i do not recommend it. I almost went back to brushes exclusively lots of times. But now i await the arrival of my Harder Steenbeck and i can not wait.
    I am exclusively a miniature painter and i'm excited about laying down colours with speed and accuracy.
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    I usually keep a window open on my PC to the CM-SB sale page so when I hear the Mrs come down stairs I switch to it and just stare. I hadnt thought of crying....brilliant :)
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    I got 2 Veda 180 because the first one did not work properly, but Alison at Bart Sharp have been very helpful whith every broblem i have had and can recomend them as sellers :thumbsup:

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