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Discussion in 'Introductions, We'd like to say Hi' started by Lance Whitford, Nov 23, 2021 at 10:24 PM.


  1. Lance Whitford

    Lance Whitford Young Tutorling

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    Hi

    I’ve been following this site with great interest for a while now and decided I’d better introduce myself.

    I’m a long time modelmaker and airbrush owner and live in New Zealand. I bought my first AB, a badger 200 in the late 1970’s and ran this off a tire adapter until I could afford a real compressor. I later acquired a couple of Holbein brushes when the local distributer dropped the range and used these for many years until they died due to lack of knowledge and spares. I also started using one of the original AZTECK’s as a workhorse alongside the Holbeins.

    After the demise of my Holbeins I came across one of the early Chinese brush sets via a local automotive chain and bought one just to see what they were like. I was surprised at the performance I was able to get from this and went on to get a few more. The originals were what I call model 130’s which are knock offs of the old Iwata HP. These got supplemented with some Type 180’s being the CMC style knock offs and all of these have served me well.

    Along the way I have picked up tips on how to improve and tune the brushes and importantly, learnt to care for them properly. I wanted to up my game so started looking at better quality tools. I bought an Iwata HP-CH as a general-purpose brush. I was planning to get an HP-BH to go with it but then discovered the Creos Mr Hobby range. I now have 3 PS-270’s, a PS-289 and a PS-771. I’m now a big Creos fanboy and am now thinking about adding a PS-290 to the arsenal.

    I like tinkering and this forum opened my eyes to the fact that the Chinese knockoffs can be fitted with Micron style heads and as a result I successfully upgraded my favorite Chinese brush, a Fengda BD-208 to mount a PS-771 head. I have some more PS-770 parts on the way and hope to try converting one of the PS-270’s as I love the feel and balance of those and want to see whether I prefer the feel of that over the 771

    Where I’m at now is that I have the tools I need and am looking to keep improving my skills to match.
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    Welcome to the forum. You can post pictures of your work to get tips and tricks. Have fun !
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    2Diverse Needle-chuck Ninja Very Likeable!

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    Welcome to the forum! You have a nice collection of brushes.

    You mention you are a model maker. What type modeling do you do?
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  4. Lance Whitford

    Lance Whitford Young Tutorling

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  5. Lance Whitford

    Lance Whitford Young Tutorling

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    My main interest is in Military subjects, primarily world War 2. Here are some pieces that I've finished in the last year or 2. I'm currently focused on developing more scale realism in my work .
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    2Diverse Needle-chuck Ninja Very Likeable!

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    Those are three very nicely done weapons of war. Looks like your skills are above average. Always good to try to improve them though. Seems funny how once you build a model you can nit pick it to death and most people don't notice.

    I'm a modeler also. I was more into automotive models. Cars, trucks, semis and motorcycles. I've recently taken a sharp turn. If you haven't seen the thread yet, I came across this model that has sent me in a different direction.

    https://www.airbrushforum.org/threads/howz-bout-a-space-brush.24169/

    Please check it out. If you'd care to join in, please do.

    I wouldn't mind seeing more modelers on the forum.
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    JackEb The Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

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    Welcome from Australia, nice to see a 'local' on here :)
    Add your location to your profile, you may be surprised by how much knowing where you reside can help us help you.
    we do have several model makers here and have a (very small) models/miniatures section. feel free to add in anything you feel fits there

    Nothing wrong with generic brushes and many of us bought one as a starter brush, they can be hit or miss but they give you a feel for what its all about. Creos are certainly gaining popularity. My arsenal was full before Creos really started gaining popularity.
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  8. Franc Kaiser

    Franc Kaiser Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    Welcome to the forum from China! Nice to hear somebody has some good words about my residence of choice, for a change :)
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    jord001 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Welcome to the forum from the other side of the world. The tanks look great. I'm currently restoring all of my old Tamiya and other RC cars and thinking about the paint work. Not doing the weathering like the tanks though so I will be ok. The Creos brushes are great but I already have all I need. Maybe a PS 290 for the fan cap but that would be it.
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