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Thayer Chandler Model A - pretty dang new, in the box

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by DaveG, Feb 1, 2018.


  1. DaveG

    DaveG Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    I picked this one up for just about what postage cost- A Thayer Chandler Model A in the box, complete with original sales receipt :). Condition looked very good out of the box, with just some light scuffing caused by the protective tip cover. I have since buffed them out, although I photographed the brush prior to doing so.
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    After removing it from the box, I could find no sign(s) of paint residue anywhere on, or in the brush. I believe they had trouble with the air valve on this brush, so it just remained boxed. I did need to replace the air valve stem, and seal to get them to operate smoothly, and at times there is still a slight hesitation when turning off air flow - which seems to be improving with use. The needle had a slight ding in the point, easy to fix, and the nozzle looks perfect. As compared to a Badger, who took over the name, the trigger action on this brush is sublime - although I did replace the air valve spring. The one that was in it, I am sure was not factory, as it was way to light, and the ends had been clipped.

    Initially I felt like the spray pattern was a little ragged - A little disappointing, but as it cost just a few dollars to begin with, not a whole lot ;). I worked with it a bit more, and found that it actually does perform admirably. It has an adjustable regulator - what would be called the nozzle cap (or air cap) is very long, and finely threaded so you can adjust the amount of nozzle protrusion and air flow on the fly. Brilliant system, I am sorry it is not still incorporated into more recent brushes by anyone... It will pull a line easily that is just a tad smaller than a ball point pen , and produces a fine spray pattern with little stippling on the edges.

    Sepia spray was done in just a few seconds while fooling around -
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    SiRoxx Party Boy UK Style

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    That’s a cool looking piece of kit! I like the idea of the adjustable cap, that sounds like a clever design.


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  3. Jurien72

    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    Nice find Dave! Any idea of the vintage?
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    DaveG Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    I am still working on researching that part. The store receipt seems to indicate that it was purchased in 1957, but I am not 100% sure on that. The store is still in operation, but moved to a new location in the mid 60's (there is a street address on the receipt) - again, maybe a little sketchy in the details. The person I purchased from is located very close to the original sale point, so I have sent a request for any info he may have, but have heard nothing back to far...
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    Chris the Cabbie Double Actioner

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    DaveG,
    I think you found a good reason to buy a Thayer & Chandler AB! Funny thing is I guess Binks stole that idea too as the Raven has a similar set up with the adjustible spray nozzle. I'll be updating the Raven thread soon but works been too busy recently to get back to it. Now you really need to use it for your next pice and show off what it can really do!
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    DaveG Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    I actually picked up another one intended for parts - it was dirt cheap, and really roached when it arrived. It cleaned up very well, and actually works quite well, too. I don't think the plastic handle that came on it is original, so finished it off with a Sotar handle. It works much nicer than the Sotar anyway ;).
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  7. basepaint

    basepaint Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Great find dave,looks like a real gem!
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    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    I see a few of these listed on ebay- been thinking about getting one someday.
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    DaveG Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    @Jurien72, after some more research I can say that the first brush was indeed apparently purchased in 1957. I now have one that dates back to at least 1943, as well. I have a few of them now (all pre-date the 1970's), and have been fortunate that all of them have been in working condition. Needles have needed some work, but gratefully the nozzles have all been in good shape!
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    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    Oh that's awesome! I still wish I could figure out a manufacture date for my V. But then again, not much of it is original so I guess it doesn't matter.
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