For Every Airbrush Artist!

Ready to get involved? Register for free and you won't see any google advertising!

Register

1st Look - rOtring Model E airbrush

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by DaveG, Mar 9, 2020.


  1. DaveG

    DaveG Airbush Analyst Very Likeable!

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2017
    Messages:
    2,080
    Likes Received:
    3,890
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Location:
    West Virginia
    Now, this one is about as cool as cool gets! rOtring Modle E airbrush. This one has a dated spray test sheet from May of 1992. Best as I can tell, once this brush was tested, it was never even hooked up to air again. Everything about is screams never used, or even taken out of the package, or case. I want to make a new fitting for the air hose connection to make it compatible with the set up I am already using, so it will be a few days at least before I try it out for the first time. Even still, I can tell you my impression of it is - it is freakin' awesome [​IMG].

    The action work by pressing down the upper lever, which initiates airflow, and then moves the needle backwards. The further you press it down, the further back the needle is drawn. There is a ring behind the trigger that rotates to limit the needle travel, which acts as a pre-set or needle stop. Made in Germany, it is exceptionally well made.

    I am even more excited now to get in the original design/build of the brush, in the form of a pair of Conopois brushes. Maybe by weeks end... Much, much more to follow on these.

    rOtring1.jpg rOtring2.jpg
    Nessus, huskystafford, C0y0te and 7 others like this.
  2. SiRoxx

    SiRoxx Party Boy UK Style Staff Member Mod Very Likeable!

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2017
    Messages:
    5,245
    Likes Received:
    6,988
    Trophy Points:
    126
    That’s a great find Dave. It’s cool to have one that seems to be essentially new!
    C0y0te, jord001 and DaveG like this.
  3. DaveG

    DaveG Airbush Analyst Very Likeable!

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2017
    Messages:
    2,080
    Likes Received:
    3,890
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Location:
    West Virginia
    Couple things abut he rOtring- they have a proprietary air hose, and hose barb on the brush. I ditched the proprietary stuff, and made a new fitting that would accept a normal female QC - so that I could just hook it up to my existing hose. Worked a charm. In case you were wondering hat it is like to hold the odd-ball contraption, it is actually much more comfortable than it looks.

    rOtring in hand1.jpg
  4. C0y0te

    C0y0te Needle-chuck Ninja

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2017
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    255
    Trophy Points:
    61
    Location:
    Liverpool
    Blimey, the universe works in mysterious ways. A few days after drooling at these pictures a friend came round with some unwanted art supplies and amongst them is the same airbrush. Like yours it has a test sheet ( 15/01/91) and appears to be brand new. It's a beautiful thing. Sadly no air hose.

    Forgot to add that mine comes with a bag of spare O rings of various sizes.
    jord001 likes this.
  5. huskystafford

    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Very Likeable!

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2017
    Messages:
    3,941
    Likes Received:
    4,679
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Location:
    Slovenia
    I remember Rotring from my school days, I had bunch of Rotrings which were used for technical drawing at school. They were making great stuff.
    Nonsense aside, I love how this airbrush looks like pencil. Even how hose attach to the airbrush looks awesome. You got me very interested so I went to google about it. Looks like this brush had 2 different nozzles which works with the same needle. I also found few spares can be still bought. I found nozzle:
    https://www.air-craft.net/acatalog/Rotring-Airbrush-Spares.html

    I don't get it why more manufactures don't make design like this...
    LadyCharlie and jord001 like this.
  6. DaveG

    DaveG Airbush Analyst Very Likeable!

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2017
    Messages:
    2,080
    Likes Received:
    3,890
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Location:
    West Virginia
    If you can not source a vinyl tubing to use for the brush, drop me a PM and I may be able to make another QC fitting - I have mine set up to attach directly to my regular air hose. Mine also came with the bag of seals.
    jord001 and C0y0te like this.
  7. DaveG

    DaveG Airbush Analyst Very Likeable!

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2017
    Messages:
    2,080
    Likes Received:
    3,890
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Location:
    West Virginia
    The design dates back to the mid-1940's as the Conopois. The Conopois is a bit smaller in stature in comparison, and almost disappears while in hand - wonderful tools. I ordered a few needles, and a nozzle from Air-craft for the rOtring. They still have the .4 nozzle, but no more .2's , and I am not sure about needles. I have different sized heads and nozzles for one of the Conopois (they use different pieces than the rOtring).

    Attached Files:

  8. Nessus

    Nessus Gravity Guru

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2014
    Messages:
    401
    Likes Received:
    244
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    San Diego
    I have some of their drafting pencils, which are fantastic. Had no idea they made airbrushes. It looks really cool.
    C0y0te and huskystafford like this.

Share This Page