Hello all,

I'm new to the airbrush tool and lookling to invest in one. There are so many out there to choose from, various tips and configurations, prices, ect. I was wondering if anyone favored one brand/tip type over the other? I will be using for adding highlights/retouches to the set and painting puppets. I don't want to buy to many accessories; I just like to buy exactly what I need. Can any experienced painters off a suggestion?


Thanks,

~Scott

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For sets and puppets, I use a Paasche  - model H I think it's called, it's a single-action airbrush.  I got it some time around 1976, I'll have to see if it's still made. It came with 3 sizes of nozzle.

Yes, here it is:

http://www.paascheairbrush.com/cart.cgi?group=2726&child=2735

At the time it was the only airbrush I could find in New Zealand, and it isn't quite as good for really fine artwork (which is what I was originally looking for), but later when I got a double action airbrush in the US, the model H remained the best one for propsmaking, sets, scenic art, and puppet painting.  It is also less expensive than many other models from Paasche.  Paasche has been a leading airbrush maker for a very long time and was probably the best back then  - there are many others now which may work just as well for you, and many might be cheaper.

With a single action, you press the button down to spray paint.  To adust how wide the spray is you rotate the cone around the nozzle.  With a double action, you press down to spray, but can also swing the button forwards or backwards to adjust the spray width while you are spraying.  This sounds good but didn't prove all that useful for puppets.  Also the H is a little bigger, and handles the coarse scenic art paint (wall paint, basically) I use for sets, and PAX (acrylic with pros aide mix) I use for for latex puppets, better than the finer airbrushes.  It still needs cleaning out, very frequently when spraying pros aide which gums it up. but my finer one couldn't cope at all with scenic art paint, it's really for using fine artist's gouache and coloured inks for illustration work.   I haven't even used the finer one for 15 or 25 years but I still use the H all the time.

icon-img-h_3l.jpg

Very helpful, thank you. I'm a first time air brusher; can't wait to dive in. There are a couple of options within the H series.  I think I will buy one of these. Thoughts?

http://www.paascheairbrush.com/product.cgi?group=2735&product=9769



StopmoNick said:

For sets and puppets, I use a Paasche  - model H I think it's called, it's a single-action airbrush.  I got it some time around 1976, I'll have to see if it's still made. It came with 3 sizes of nozzle.

Yes, here it is:

http://www.paascheairbrush.com/cart.cgi?group=2726&child=2735

At the time it was the only airbrush I could find in New Zealand, and it isn't quite as good for really fine artwork (which is what I was originally looking for), but later when I got a double action airbrush in the US, the model H remained the best one for propsmaking, sets, scenic art, and puppet painting.  It is also less expensive than many other models from Paasche.  Paasche has been a leading airbrush maker for a very long time and was probably the best back then  - there are many others now which may work just as well for you, and many might be cheaper.

With a single action, you press the button down to spray paint.  To adust how wide the spray is you rotate the cone around the nozzle.  With a double action, you press down to spray, but can also swing the button forwards or backwards to adjust the spray width while you are spraying.  This sounds good but didn't prove all that useful for puppets.  Also the H is a little bigger, and handles the coarse scenic art paint (wall paint, basically) I use for sets, and PAX (acrylic with pros aide mix) I use for for latex puppets, better than the finer airbrushes.  It still needs cleaning out, very frequently when spraying pros aide which gums it up. but my finer one couldn't cope at all with scenic art paint, it's really for using fine artist's gouache and coloured inks for illustration work.   I haven't even used the finer one for 15 or 25 years but I still use the H all the time.

icon-img-h_3l.jpg

I use the Paasche H too. I think its a great airbrush and I use it for everything, my puppets and also on my illustration. I love the external mix, it makes it cleaning it a lot easier and and doesn't clog up nearly as much as other 'internal mix' versions that I've owned. 

Do you have a compressor yet?

I use a Badger 180 - 11 with an automatic shut off. Most any kind of compressor will work, but the auto shut off is important, so the compressor isn't constantly running ... also some PTFE Tape to seal all the hose connections will come in handy.

Jeff

Thanks. I haven't bought one yet but that was going to be the next step. I'll look into the badger.



Jeff Lafferty said:

I use the Paasche H too. I think its a great airbrush and I use it for everything, my puppets and also on my illustration. I love the external mix, it makes it cleaning it a lot easier and and doesn't clog up nearly as much as other 'internal mix' versions that I've owned. 

Do you have a compressor yet?

I use a Badger 180 - 11 with an automatic shut off. Most any kind of compressor will work, but the auto shut off is important, so the compressor isn't constantly running ... also some PTFE Tape to seal all the hose connections will come in handy.

Jeff

I just got some Badger equipment myself. I have not used them enough to make a recomendation yet but they are nice so far.

I agree that the Paasche H is the easiest to use and maintain. I have used the Paasche V and also Thayer & Chandler double action airbrushes in the past and found them too often in need of disassembly and cleaning after just a limited amount of spraying ... I think these expensive and delicate ones are intended for very small artwork, and I am usually covering both small and large areas on my matte paintings - - so I like the Paasche H-3 for matte painting. It is easier to maintain and cheaper too.  __ Rocco Gioffre

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