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Discussion in 'Introductions!' started by marc driver, Sep 27, 2018.


  1. marc driver

    marc driver Young Tutorling

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    Hi guys I'm Marc from Devon UK I'm a surfing drum playing sports massage therapist just getting into art and airbrushing hoping to get lots of tips thanks for reading back to spot's circles and dagger strokes
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    Welcome to the forum Marc. Glad to have you on board :D
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    here is a link to great store close to you:
    https://www.air-craft.net/
    I bought my first airbrush from them and I am not from uk. They have great prices.
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    HellBird Elite Member! Elite Member! Very Likeable!

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    Welcome to the forum from the US, Marc! Enjoy your time here. What sort of paints and equipment do you have or are planning to get?
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    jord001 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Welcome to the forum Marc, nice to have you onboard. Lots of help and experience here. Theres a bit of a learning curve to airbrushing but as soon as you have it it gets easier.

    Lee
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  6. marc driver

    marc driver Young Tutorling

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    I've got a as186s compressor a shitty abest 180k airbrush looking for a different airbrush already (only had it 2 days) got some velljco pre thinned paint just doing circles dots and dagger strokes
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    marc driver Young Tutorling

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    Hi hru I've got a cheap set up atm abest 180k airbrush compressor with a tank and some paints and not a clue what to try and paint
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    Welcome from New Zealand... there is another member of OAF in Devon somewhere... North coast from memory. I lived in Plymouth for about 15 months.

    Having a look at your questions in shoutbox I would recommend you go to the airbrushtutor website and check out the intro videos (in fact all of the videos's there).

    In answer to your question about needle size, the answer is "depends what you want to paint, type of paint you are using, amount of money you have to spend and how much frustration you want to purchase with that money" A really good starter (and all round great work horse) is the Iwata Eclipse, 0.35mm needle. With practice you can get pretty small detail and it's big enough for doing larger areas. It is also reasonably priced. The smaller needles (0.23 and down) require more practice and the ones that are any good are more expensive. Oh you can get a 0.18mm needled for the price of an eclipse but it will be a Chinese knock off... probably crap, you will get frustrated cleaning it and trying to get it spraying well and the you will damage the needle and not be able to get spare parts. Moral of the story, fine needles are at the pricey end of the spectrum.
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  9. marc driver

    marc driver Young Tutorling

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    Thanks someone just offered me a sparmax dh2? I'll be using vallcjo nd I think it's called tamaya acrylic paint
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    That is pretty fine, what are you wanting to paint? Sparmax is OK... not the best, a long way from the worst... What is the asking price and what are you going to paint?
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    Doesn't look like the DH2 is made any more so spare parts could be an issue. 3 things you won't want to skimp on... the paint, get airbrush specific, the compressor get one with a tank and a good supply and get a good reliable brush.
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    marc driver Young Tutorling

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    Thanks maybe I'll just get the iwata neo then go from there think I'll paint surfing pics landscape pics also want to attempt a David Mann type pic
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    @markjthomson must have been typing quick. I think the eclipse he was referring to is a .35
    The knockoffs afaik never offer a .18
    .2 is as low as I've seen in a knockoff
    And then they run nowhere close to as pricey as an eclipse.
    Anyway, point is you can't beat any quality brush.
    The brushes in the price ranges of the ones you've mentioned are just going to be ok. Neos, sparmaxs...ok brushes , still Chinese, but better than no name chinese
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    Suggestions?
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    Robbyrockett2 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Id go up in the 100-150 price range for a solid brush. You can't lose with an eclipse.
    At 100 there are very nice options but none so easy to learn on
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    I did just what Robby told you. I was reading bunch of threads people were testing bunch of chinese airbrushes and spending bunch of money which would be enough for one good airbrush. So I just went and I bought eclipse for my first airbrush right away. I didn't regret it.
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    Trap for young players... the neo is made by someone else and badged by Iwata... if you can hold out, it is worth spending the extra coin on an eclipse.
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    Franc Kaiser Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Welcome to the forum from China! I started out with a cheap and crappy Chinese knock-off myself, and after a few weeks couldn't bear the time wasted cleaning (as well as not achieving the results I wanted), and I upgraded. Not too much though, I bought a Sparmax (which is made in Taiwan). Now, with around half a year of practice and experience, I feel that I may move up again. I think it makes sense to slowly work up the ladder when it comes to airbrushes and how much you spend on them. I certainly destroyed my first airbrush (costing USD 10) with my ignorance and mishandling. You don't want this to happen with a USD 200 brush.
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    Welcome from Australia :)

    Generic brushes have their place in the universe but if you are serious about wanting to do airbrushing then get a decent brush from the beginning and you will have it for as long as you want to keep airbrushing. Be warned, once you get the hang of it you will be unlikely to stop at one brush, we have a large number of members who are part of the AAD support group (airbrush aquisition disorder) , Not a real 'group' just a contingent of people who dont seem to be able to stop buying airbrushes / airbrush related bits and pieces.

    You will see a lot of people suggesting the Eclipse CS
    https://www.air-craft.net/acatalog/Iwata-Eclipse-HP-CS.html#SID=1164
    Its a great all rounder, parts are easily obtained and once you get use to it you can get a high degree of detail.
    Your sparmax will certainly do the job for now while you are practising and learning. I started with 2 generic brushes and they taught me a lot about their internals and how to tear it down - which was often as they're not well made and I thought it was my fault with bad cleaning practices

    Dont ever be worried about posting up your practice pieces (preferably in focus lol ) so we can guide you on your journey.
    If you are willing to listen and learn then you'll get all the support you need, we are very newbie friendly and hate to see people wasting money on things that we did when we started.
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    This just never gets old :D
    Sry Jacky, I couldn't help my self. -.-

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