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MY OWN SETUP
I am currently using the complete kit found below. I set it up to film an unboxing and review and have yet to use anything else, I really dig what that kit has to offer.
This kit it the best to start airbrushing in no time. It comes with everything you need, so no mixing and matching different products and brands buying individually. You can find more info on this kit by clicking here.
BASIC AIRBRUSH SUPPLIES
Maybe you already have a decent compressor; perhaps you won an airbrush and are left compressor-less to start using it; or better, if money ain’t no thang, you have a bigger budget and want to skip the whole “for beginner” part. Well step right up.
There really isn’t much to a compressor. Yes, you can buy one with a tank, or an ultra quiet one, but really, I’d buy 2 of these before buying into a bigger one.
I also own 2 of these Testor blue ones. I’ve had them for about 10 years and they are still working fine. They are the spray gun equivalent of compressors: you press a button and it does it’s thing. No options, no mode or doodad; just an on and an off.
With your compressor, you will need a couple of doodads, namely a Nylon Braided Airbrush Hose and either an Badger airbrush adapter or a 7pcs Airbrush Adaptor Kit if you’re not sure and mixing brands between compressor and airbrush.
I’m putting these here as they are the common ones. Look at the specs on your airbrush and compressor to buy the right ones. There seldom is anything more frustrating than buying cool new things and not being able to use them right away.
Much like paint, brand biais is pretty strong in airbrushes. Some painters swear by a single brand, loathe other brands. I am fairly neutral in all this, having tried a whole bunch of them.
Until a brand is willing to sponsor the blog ( wink, wink, nudge, nudge ) I’ll try to remain as neutral as possible and offer the pros of various brands.
Paasche is a brand that offers both beginner airbrushes like this and extremely high end products. This one is (at the time of me writing this) 30% off, which is a killer deal.
The Iwata Eclipse is a pretty strong contender. It’s the 1st airbrush I’ve ever had, it is super durable and does pretty much everything. Price is the issue, but if you are patient, they go on sale quite often and you can get them for 140$
The Badger Patriot 105 is the best starter airbrush in my opinion. It’s inexpensive and easy to use.
The Renegade Krome, also by Badger is pretty much the Patriot above on steroids. It costs a bit more, but offer much more options for finesse than it’s 105 counterpart.
OTHER COOL TOYS
Pimp Brushes and Soap
Here’s the full deets on brushes. As mentioned in the articles, my only preference between Raphael : Kolinsky Red Sable Brush and Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Watercolor Brush is which is cheapest when I want to buy them.
So here are both, with The Masters Brush Cleaner so your brush may live shiny and chrome forever.
The Badger Spray Gun
This spray gun is a beast. I use it for terrain, primer and base coats. It’s simple to use and fits with my general hobby motto: Get shit done.
You can find the complete specs on the Basic Spray Gun by clicking here.