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Recommendation for new compressor

Discussion in 'Airbrush Compressors' started by Riff1964, Nov 14, 2017.


  1. Riff1964

    Riff1964 Young Tutorling

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    I am looking for an air brush and compressor starter set for my teenage son. It will be used for painting model aircraft and airport models, at least to begin with. He has nothing at the moment.

    I need everything, compressor; airbrush; hoses; paints etc....

    I am in Canada.

    There are two sets I was looking at:
    Pro One Double-Action Airbrush & Compressor Kit
    https://www.amazon.ca/Double-Action...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=QSX9EHXWK1GNAA4ZNWV4

    Plus paint and cleaning tools (approx $170 CAD total)

    or this one which was recommended by our local art store.

    Iwata Kit Deluxe Set (IW 200) **ND**
    https://www.artistsemporium.net/product/00/734748182000/Iwata-Kit-Deluxe-Set-IW-200-ND

    $499 CAD

    Is the budget option worth the money? Or should I be thinking of spending more?

    Iwata make another set, for a bit less money, I think this one does not have an auto cut off. ($399 CAD)

    https://www.artistsemporium.net/product/00/734748191002/Airbrush-Iwata-Intro-Set-IW-100-ND
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    Good on you for researching before handing over some hard earned cash.

    How old is your son.?

    depending on how confident you are that your son will make good use and this isnt a 5 minute wonder for him then go with the 'Iwata kit'
    it has everything you need to get playing, but be warned it will be a learning curve, so if he's not terribly patient then he may give up in days/weeks.

    The compressor is tankless so it may run hot if running for an extended time, but even the cheapy is tankless. Other than that the Iwata brush is one we regularly recommend when starting out. its a great workhorse and a good all rounded when you are confident.
    i have no experience with the com-art paint but they say they can be used on models.

    others will chime in shortly.
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    The iwata Deluxe set is the way to go, in my opinion the HP-CS and compressor in the kit will work very well for him.
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    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Very Likeable!

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    I strongly advise you to leave the no name kit in the first link alone, this will give your son more grief than joy, you would very quickly be throwing your money away.

    Either of the two iwata sets would be fine but before you make any decision please contact @Maple Art who runs an airbrush supply shop in Canada, you'll be speaking to Donna whom I believe will be able to advise you and maybe even sort out a decent set for your son, I have tagged Donna so that she will see this and very likely respond, if that doesn't happen soon enough for you can contact her by private message here, at the top of the page you'll see a little envelope next to your username, you can click on that to start a conversation and just type maple art when requested, you can also go the Mapleart website and email Donna if you, whatever happens, I'm sure Donna has everything you need to get your son started.

    How old is your son? If you don't think he is too young he is more than welcome to join us so that he can have an endless supply of help when he gets started, although if he is too young, you can naturally ask on his behalf.

    Let us know how it goes:)
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    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Very Likeable!

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    LOL you got that in while I was typing :)
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  6. Riff1964

    Riff1964 Young Tutorling

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    Thanks for the prompt reply ... my son is 14, with endless patience, much more than me. He has already put a lot of work into building his model airport so I am sure he will make good use of a quality product.

    I was suspicious of the no name brand.

    I will checkout Maple Art.
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    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Very Likeable!

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    She has responded here above which is handy, she has links to her website under her post:)

    Your son sounds like a diamond, stick around and come on with him whenever you both need advice, as you've seen we're always ready and willing to help:thumbsup:
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    Looks like a pretty good price on the Iwata set too!
    While the compressor in that no name kit isn't bad (i have one) that's probably the only part of that kit thats worth anything. The bursh is like a cheap toy.
    Maple didn't plug his/her own store but
    https://www.mapleairbrushsupplies.c...t/products/iwata-gravity-feed-airbrushing-kit
    I think this would be your middle of the road option.
    Someone else could better explain that option....since I've never had a NEO
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    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Very Likeable!

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    Her own store lol
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    Got me before i edited it
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    I don't miss a trick:)
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  12. Maple Art

    Maple Art Elite Member! Elite Member!

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    LOL I try not to "spam" lol:D I have the IWA 200 kit on order -
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    That's ok, @Malky and I will do it for you :)
    You mean he ordered the 200 kit from you?
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    The NEO would be fine, it's the little NEO Compressor I really wouldn't recommend it's more suited for "beauty" applications
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    I have it on order from iwata It will be in late next week and on my web site :)
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    I wondered about those, so they're more good for short bursts of spray?
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    Stay away from cheap garbage. You came to right place for answers and help. Best of luck, I still remember my first airbrush for models, I still own it more than twenty years later. Its an old Badger and the learning curve can be tough, but you are being a great dad and helping your son, I hope it can be a great bonding experience for you both. Keep it simple, be mindful of what and where you spray, some of the model paints have fumes that are really bad to ingest. The airbrush is such an amazing tool, I hope you guys enjoy your journey together.
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    Yes my daughter has one that she uses for tiny clay sculptures and it works well, although she had to slow down a little for it to keep up with her..but for finger nail art/beauty they would be awesome!
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    None of the above. Get a California Air or GMC and an Eclipse.
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    Vladimir Mac-Valve Maestro!

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    Compressor must be with tank. Two piston chinese would do. One more vote for Iwata Eclipse HP-CS 0.35mm setup. I'd also bought spare setup 0.5mm for larger covering. For this you need to buy needle, paint nozzle and air nozzle. So 0.35 would be for more detail spraying and 0.5 for broader surfaces.

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