I apologize if this has already been asked. I tried to look up if a thread like this had already been made, but I am on my phone and only got a lot of threads talking about completing a craft with an airbrush.
I'm making a list of things I'd like to get over time as I'm getting more and more into this craft, and after getting my proxxom hot wire cutting table, I'll likely be getting a dremel as my next big purchase, and then an airbrush.
I do have a tendency to figure things out rather quickly when it comes to craft related things, so despite not having used one before, I'm not looking for a beginner model. Intermediate at least!
I'd love any good airbrush suggestions, as well as good compressors, and any information you guys may have on spray booths would be great. I have a whole room dedicated to crafting (with a giant, incredibly sturdy sewing machine table) which has a niiiice big window which provides excellent lighting and a great place to let fumes escape.
Some folks still use non-water solvent-based paints for airbrushing and need to vent the gaseous solvent fumes as well as suck the paint particles that mist into the air onto a filter.
There are tons of suggestions for spray booths, both commercial and DIY on the internet, and many discussion threads on the pros and cons. I looked into it briefly at one point and decided it was simpler to stay away from airbrushing.
Started building models back in '74 when I came back to the states and first airbrush I bought was the Paasche H single action. Don't remember the air compressor brand, but it went bad on me about 20 years later, so I bought a Sears brand and it still works fine. The compressor also has a knob to adjust the air pressure, from 0 to 100 psi. The majority of time, mine's been set at 12-15. And 2 years ago, bought a Paasche double action which I haven't used and takes a bit more skill to use. The single actions (Ebay) run from $19 on upwards. Do NOT buy the one with the all red, plastic handle. Get the one with metal body & red handle. Also check Harbor Freights modeling compressor reviews. As to Dremel, got Sears version of this 30 or so years ago. Had the cord go bad on me, but replaced it with no problem. The only reason I suggest in buying a brand name vs a Chinese no name brand is what are you going to do if you need parts?
I will say I just upgraded from that cheap Master kit to an Iwata Eclipse. The difference is significant. Huge.
I do not regret starting with the cheap Master one though. Now I have two: the old beater for doing large area basecoats, and the Iwata for doing fine gradients and detail work. Plus I can run two colors at a time.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT