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Darkrusie
06-08-2011, 03:52 PM
I'm new here and I need some advice about purchasing a good airbrush. I'm looking for a type who can work on very thin details and a good and silent compressor.

Furthermore, I would need some tips about what colours brand I could use with the airbrush.

Your suggestions would be very appreciated. :)

Masa
06-09-2011, 05:24 AM
Hi and welcome to the forum! There are quite a few threads dealing with the topic of airbrushes and it really comes down to personal preference. Here is one thread where quite a few airbrushes were described in detail Airbrush Thread (http://www.gkjapan.com/showthread.php?191). Do you have a price range and where are you located? Are you looking for something off the internet or from a local hobby shop?

Darkrusie
06-09-2011, 08:11 AM
Hi and welcome to the forum! There are quite a few threads dealing with the topic of airbrushes and it really comes down to personal preference. Here is one thread where quite a few airbrushes were described in detail Airbrush Thread (http://www.gkjapan.com/showthread.php?191). Do you have a price range and where are you located? Are you looking for something off the internet or from a local hobby shop?

Thank you very much. ^_^
I'm writing from Italy (Rome) and I'm looking for something around $400-500 including both airbrush and compressor.
Actually I'm looking for something off the internet for more choices and better prices.

Thanks for the link to the thread. :)

Masa
06-09-2011, 10:35 AM
The majority of silent compressors are made in Italy, so you should be set :)

I think we helped someone from Spain find something in this thread (http://www.gkjapan.com/showthread.php?557). The airbrush shouldn't cost too much if you just want something to paint with. A good middle range airbrush can usually be purchased for around $100. That leaves you $400 or so for a silent compressor which might be a bit rough. Shipping prices on compressors are high since they weigh a lot, so you'd be much better off getting the compressor locally. I checked the Italian eBay and they had a lot of "Compressore Silenzio" within your price range. You might want to check there first.

As far as paints, you really should use what is readily available in your area. It sucks running out of the color you need and not being able to run down the street and get it. If they have a hobby shop or model railroad store nearby, you should check and see if you can get the Vallejo line of acrylic paints. Really nice and a wide selection of colors.

Darkrusie
06-10-2011, 05:10 PM
The majority of silent compressors are made in Italy, so you should be set :)

I think we helped someone from Spain find something in this thread (http://www.gkjapan.com/showthread.php?557). The airbrush shouldn't cost too much if you just want something to paint with. A good middle range airbrush can usually be purchased for around $100. That leaves you $400 or so for a silent compressor which might be a bit rough. Shipping prices on compressors are high since they weigh a lot, so you'd be much better off getting the compressor locally. I checked the Italian eBay and they had a lot of "Compressore Silenzio" within your price range. You might want to check there first.

As far as paints, you really should use what is readily available in your area. It sucks running out of the color you need and not being able to run down the street and get it. If they have a hobby shop or model railroad store nearby, you should check and see if you can get the Vallejo line of acrylic paints. Really nice and a wide selection of colors.

Thank you very much for your help. ^_^
I'm going to follow your suggestions. Just one more question, how much noise should be acceptable for a good home compressor?

Dr.H
06-10-2011, 08:57 PM
Noise on compressor varies really depending on the type of compressor it is.

A regular tool compressor you're looking at around 85db give or take depending on brand and materials. That is actually pretty loud when it turns on in a closed room all of the sudden. But they cost a lot less and have larger storage tanks on them so they will turn on a lot less often due to the limited amount of air needed by an airbrush. People usually get this type when they are on a tight budget but they are overkill power wise for an airbrush. There are a couple finish gun compressors that are a lot less loud @ 69db but still louder then the "silent" airbrush ones. Examples of these are the Senco PC1010 (We use this at work) http://www.senco.com/CompressorDetails.aspx?k=PC1010 and the Dewalt D55140 http://www.dewalt.com/tools/compressors-hand-carry---electric-d55140.aspx

The other options as Masa said are the "silent" compressors and they average around 50db. Cheap ones run all the time and are annoying but most better quality ones shut off when you release the trigger, of course that means they are running when you have the trigger pressed down.. You can also get them with an attached storage tank, this is the type I prefer since they only run when the small airtank is empty.

Those are your options. If you are worried about noise then the best option is the silent compressors with air tanks. They are also the most expensive at about $300-$500 while tankless are around $200-$300. A regular small but louder tank compressor costs about $100-$200

Darkrusie
06-11-2011, 06:54 AM
Noise on compressor varies really depending on the type of compressor it is.

A regular tool compressor you're looking at around 85db give or take depending on brand and materials. That is actually pretty loud when it turns on in a closed room all of the sudden. But they cost a lot less and have larger storage tanks on them so they will turn on a lot less often due to the limited amount of air needed by an airbrush. People usually get this type when they are on a tight budget but they are overkill power wise for an airbrush. There are a couple finish gun compressors that are a lot less loud @ 69db but still louder then the "silent" airbrush ones. Examples of these are the Senco PC1010 (We use this at work) http://www.senco.com/CompressorDetails.aspx?k=PC1010 and the Dewalt D55140 http://www.dewalt.com/tools/compressors-hand-carry---electric-d55140.aspx

The other options as Masa said are the "silent" compressors and they average around 50db. Cheap ones run all the time and are annoying but most better quality ones shut off when you release the trigger, of course that means they are running when you have the trigger pressed down.. You can also get them with an attached storage tank, this is the type I prefer since they only run when the small airtank is empty.

Those are your options. If you are worried about noise then the best option is the silent compressors with air tanks. They are also the most expensive at about $300-$500 while tankless are around $200-$300. A regular small but louder tank compressor costs about $100-$200

Thanks a lot! I'm surely going to buy a silent compressor with air tank though the high range price. ;_;
Those link will be very useful to compare the product features with the compressor brand that I can find here in Italy.