What is the next airbrush from a cheap airbrush

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Kronos

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Hi Guys and Gals,

I have a aircraft SG-A130 airbrush with a 0.5 needle, (bought to see if I enjoy airbrushing)

so I have really gotten into airbrushing and really enjoying it, so I would like to buy a decent airbrush but not sure what to buy, I have looked at the Iwata Neo, and the micron but not having to much experience with having them long term, ie- as you get better will they still cut it for detail , I thought let me ask here

Any feedback would be awesome

Regards

Kronos
 
Well it's a large jump from a Neo to a Micron. Any good name brand brush should be an upgrade. A slightly smaller nozzle size would also make getting finer lines a bit easier. It can also be a headache until you learn to reduce your paints correctly. I would suggest and Iwata HP-CS Eclipse, or a Badger Krome, or a Badger Patriot. Those are descending in price . I have all 3. I use the Patriot all the time for heavier paint times, like metallics and pearls, and larger areas. The HP-CS is fairly comparable to the patriot as far as nozzle size but its a bit smaller. And the Krome is a 2 in 1, .21 and .3 mm needle/nozzle sets, and it can do some darn fine detail .
 
Also not unimportant is which are easy for you to get parts for, where you don't have to order it online and have to wait for like 2 weeks for. So that you wont have a setback in time to complete something. I have a few Iwata's, Harder & Steenbeck , Badger brushes myself.....but if i have to say which i prefer using....i have to go with the H&S brushes. The Ultra from H&S i am not really a big fan off mostly cause of the cup you have to "press" inside the brush, it happened to me several times already that by accident the cup came out and paint got everywhere....including that what i was painting.
But to make it easy on yourself....availability should be your point of choosing i think.
 
Kronos, the members here have no idea what a Aircraft airbrushes are. Under that name, they are only available in SA but worldwide they go under Fengda or Master or even other names depending on the importer.

Anyway, like WM said, the Neo and Micron are worlds apart. The Iwata range is available locally. I can help you with that. Badgers are only available up to 105 Patriot or 155 Anthem. Local supplier is useless. You can get Paasche Talon also locally.

I would say if you're going to give this a serious go, get the Iwata Eclipse at about R1800 or 105 Patriot at about R1500. You can get them cheaper is you are willing to import it yourself. The UK shops are pretty good with their shipping to SA.

EDIT: Ah cr@p, how could I have forgooten about Harder & Steenbeck. Flycatcher can help you there.
 
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Hi Kronos
The same company that does the "aircraft" range also does Hansa and Harder & Steenbeck. they also keep a great selection of spares. My business has an account with them.

My advice would be to choose between an Iwata - (you will get great support from Andre) or hansa or H&S or even the badger sotar of amazon. it cost me a little over R1000 to import. the other models Andre recommended are great too. the only problem with Badger is having to import parts when needed.

what I also suggest is that you me and Andre get together and you try out a few of our brushes to get a feel. nothing worse then buying something that you don't like or doesn't feel right.
 
wow Thanks for the great response guys,

I got my airbrush from executool in PTA I havent found any local shops westrand side that can offer me any decent prices's

Andre, FLycatchr drop me a PM with your mail address's and we can maybe setup a time and a date we can get together and chat,

Thanks again for all the input, you guys ROCK !!!
 
See ask and you shall receive. I thought Iwata in SA might be your best bet, good news for you about H&S, gives you great quality options.


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wow Thanks for the great response guys,

I got my airbrush from executool in PTA I havent found any local shops westrand side that can offer me any decent prices's

Andre, FLycatchr drop me a PM with your mail address's and we can maybe setup a time and a date we can get together and chat,

Thanks again for all the input, you guys ROCK !!!
pleasure:)
Like anything in SA - specialty shops don't really exist. hence us "specialists" tend to bring in what we need or want or we make a plan.
do you have a budget in mind?
 
If you can afford a micron, I don't see any reason not to get one. It's pretty universally considered the best airbrush on the market, and nothing else will give fine detail like a micron will. They do require a bit more careful maintenance than most airbrushes, but if you take care of it, you shouldn't have to replace any parts any time soon (unlike some other airbrushes like H&S and Badgers that you'll have to replace the needle and nozzle at pretty regular intervals).

Having a micron won't make you a pro overnight, but you'll at least have the same equipment many pro's chose to use. Not having to fight your airbrush will just make learning that much smoother.

The other airbrush I'd recommend would be the Iwata HP-CS. It won't detail like a micron, but it does get suprisingly fine detail pretty easily. It's built pretty robust, and is pretty beginner-friendly. It's a real workhorse of a brush, and you don't have to mess around with it much. By and large, it just works.

Neither are airbrushes you'll "outgrow".
 
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