For Every Airbrush Artist!

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

Register

A good airbrush for a beginner (cheaper than $200)

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by susiehowardx, Jan 21, 2020.


  1. susiehowardx

    susiehowardx Young Tutorling

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2020
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Hello. I wanted to conduct a survey to understand which airbrush is better in this price category. I based my selection on reviews from a Google search (for example, this article).
    Here is my selection:
    1. Badger Air-Brush Co. Sotar 2020-2F (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BROVIO/) - read a lot about him in this thread https://airbrushforum.org/threads/badger-sotar-2020.3724/#post-47060
    2. Iwata-Medea Eclipse HP (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BQKFAI/) - an honorable second place.
    3. PointZero (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010TQCOEE/) - this device is in my selection because of the cool kit. Bought and go, embodying creative ideas and fantasies.
    I feel now the heat will begin in the branch :glasses:
    SiRoxx likes this.
  2. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Messages:
    17,529
    Likes Received:
    14,978
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Location:
    Bloomington,Indiana
    If you want a work horse go with the IWATA Eclipse.
    But you may also want to look into https://spraygunner.com/gsi-creos-mr-airbrush-procon-boy-ps-267-0-2mm/
    Not a fan of the point zero parts seem to be made cheaply and does not hold up over time. My Eclipse is over ten years old and still sprays as well as day one.
    Badger does make a great product as well and Ken stands behind all his airbrushes.
    Now if you would be so kind Welcome dragon.jpg

    Introduction not only let us know how long you have been airbrushing but also at least what country or state you live in so when you ask for opinions like this we can guide you to a local dealer or at least an airbrush you can get parts for quicker then waiting on the mail.
    The Iwata Eclipse are sold ar Hobby Lobby as well as parts like the needle and nozzle, pistol grip water traps . But that is only if you live in the USA.
  3. Bryan71

    Bryan71 Spider Splatterer

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2019
    Messages:
    111
    Likes Received:
    78
    Trophy Points:
    26
    Location:
    Lancashire,UK
    My advice if you have any shops near that stock them.Go handle them see how they feel in the hand.I would recommend the Iwata Eclipse.It will give years of service and easy to clean.
    susiehowardx likes this.
  4. DaveG

    DaveG Detail Decepticon! Very Likeable!

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2017
    Messages:
    1,927
    Likes Received:
    3,485
    Trophy Points:
    111
    Location:
    West Virginia
    I just finished writing this response to someone else asking the exact same question - I know it does not follow you list, but it is written from a few decades of experience, and a good working knowledge of more than a few airbrushes - including multiple examples of the brushes you do have listed.

    "...OK, my personal list would be something like this- Absolutely the best bang for the buck would be a Creos Procon PS270 or 289. Which ever you choose, you can covert it to the other size .2 to .3, and back again with simple parts exchange. Built like tanks, and really well performing brushes. An Iwata Eclipse is one that would/could last a lifetime - also built like a tank - and relatively forgiving with newbie abuse. Cost more up front, though... There is a Badger Patriot 105. Another one that is built like a tank. Not as refined or well made as the Japanese brushes, but they do what they are supposed to do. You can add the Xtreme head parts and needle later on to increase the brushes range, and versatility. I recommend the 105 over the 105 Xtreme as a base because that silly screw they added to the bottom of the brush to act as an air control valve is a piss poor attempt to compete with what other brands have done. Buy a MAC valve for you hose if you want that sort of control. I do have a MAC valve at my hose end. I also do have all the brushes I have mentioned, and several more... feel free to ask additional questions if you have them."
    doc1 and JackEb like this.
  5. Gordon Read

    Gordon Read Double Actioner

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2020
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    75
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I've got two airbrushes. I got the badger patriot 105 a few years ago, but only recently started using it for actually painting of what we will call 'attempts at art'. It got replaced when a seal went in the handle (going to send it to get fixed) and replaced with a new Iwata Eclipse (because I can get it serviced locally, I have to ship the badger to the US to get it fixed.) And I like the Iwata a little bit better. The paint seems to flow a little better, and I don't have as much of a problem with spiders (overly saturating one spot on the paper), though I expect when I get the Badger back, and I have a little more experience that they will both be equally good brushes.

    From one Newbie to another. Listen to the folks on here, they really know their stuff.
  6. susiehowardx

    susiehowardx Young Tutorling

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2020
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    1
    mmm, thanks for the recommendation.
  7. susiehowardx

    susiehowardx Young Tutorling

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2020
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    1
    By the way, I did not think about this. Comfort of use is also an important point. Thanks.
  8. JackEb

    JackEb The Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2012
    Messages:
    10,542
    Likes Received:
    12,107
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Location:
    Mt Barker, South Australia
    As Mr.Micron said above, where is your location ? We may be able to recommend vendors nearby.
  9. Bryan71

    Bryan71 Spider Splatterer

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2019
    Messages:
    111
    Likes Received:
    78
    Trophy Points:
    26
    Location:
    Lancashire,UK
    It would be a good idea to pop on the introduction page and introduce yourself unless you’ve already done that.Give us an idea your location so we can help
  10. SiRoxx

    SiRoxx Party Boy UK Style Very Likeable!

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2017
    Messages:
    4,837
    Likes Received:
    6,315
    Trophy Points:
    126
    My recommendation be the Iwata Eclipse.
    Firstly, it’s the only one of the mentioned brushes that I have had personal experience with and secondly because it is a very forgiving brush to use. It’s also built really tough so it soaks up Noobie mistakes while cleaning. I can speak first hand about this too as I made many!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Bryan71 likes this.
  11. Bryan71

    Bryan71 Spider Splatterer

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2019
    Messages:
    111
    Likes Received:
    78
    Trophy Points:
    26
    Location:
    Lancashire,UK
    I second that about the Eclipse

Share This Page