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captaincold6927 Jun 2020 3:58 p.m. PST

Used to have an airbrush and compressor back in the day and rather not go down that road and I'd rather not settle on spray cans.

Are there any other less expensive airbrush kits out there that are not as troublesome with a smaller footprint and will yield a better result than spray cans?


Walking Sailor Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2020 5:41 p.m. PST

You can't beat Harbor Freight for inexpensive link .
This is as basic as it gets. I always look to them for my proof-of-concept "do I really need this tool". If this does the job, then I don't need to any more. If it doesn't do the job, I have a good idea of what it will take (bigger, heavier, more money, or something else).

TNE230027 Jun 2020 6:06 p.m. PST

I am very happy with my HB ab/compressor kit

I'm also very happy with my rattle cans

what it will take (bigger, heavier,

this has always annoyed me about the reviews on HB stuff
so many negative ones are from people who CLEARLY needed something 2-3x bigger/more powerful to handle the task

McWong7327 Jun 2020 7:27 p.m. PST

An Iwata Neo is a great, inexpenive brush. Any hobby level compressor with a tank will do.

SgtPain28 Jun 2020 11:32 a.m. PST

I have both the H.F. air brush and compressor for about 2 years now. The compressor is the best small hobby size unit I have ever owned, no overheating issues and quiet. The airbrush that come with kit is surprisingly good, nothing special but good enough for applying primer, base colors, etc. I have a very nice Iwata airbrush, but I just use it for jobs that require fine details.

ScoutJock28 Jun 2020 12:24 p.m. PST

TCP Global sells airbrush kits including compressors pretty cheap. They are knock- offs of the name brands but they work and parts are cheap if they don't.

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