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RZA #4303

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What is a good Airbrush for beginners and what size of compressor should I get for it?
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pawl #4308

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First things first: ignore everything @James says about airbrushes! 😁

When I asked the same question @Lovecraft0110 recommended the Badger Patriot 105. It's simple, hard-wearing and robust, pretty cheap, and while it's beginner-friendly there's also nothing stopping you from using it for high-end work. As standard it comes with a .5 needle but you can buy .3 and .7 needle/nozzle sets that are incredibly easy to swap in.
I've found mine to be very forgiving and very easy to take apart and clean - I managed to get AK primer stuck all over the place the first time I used it, and it was a very simple task to take it apart, clean and reassemble. Everything can be tightened by hand, too, so no tools are necessary.
In short, this thing is like the AK-47 of airbrushes!

One thing to keep in mind though is availability.
Despite the Patriot being an American airbrush I can find the brush and space parts for it very easily in the UK, and at reasonable prices. However while I would pay ~£100 for the airbrush, if in your country they're not so easily available and would cost you £250 and parts are difficult to come by then it's not a sound investment.

For a compressor I think that pretty much everyone I've ever come across has suggested and AS-186 or an FD-186. The letters don't seem to matter, as the 186 appears to be a generic compressor that a few different people stick their own label on.
It's not massively loud, the tank could be bigger but isn't tiny, and it does the job at a cheaper price than a lot of similar spec airbrush-branded models. Mine came with a good braided hose, and I'm fairly certain it has an inbuilt moisture trap too.
@James actually uses the same model, as it happens.
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RZA #4330

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Thanks for the information. I can get the Patriot for about $100 USD but compressors are fair expensive for small units.
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pawl #4340

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That seems about right, yeah. The Patriot 105 Xtreme is also a similar price, and comes with the High Roller trigger as standard, but in all honesty I don't know if it's a better choice for a beginner or not.
Either way, most Badger parts can be used across their whole airbrush range - I'll soon be picking up the more precise trigger from the Patriot Xtreme to put in my regular Patriot 105.

Compressors are something that you can shop around for - for the most part they all do pretty much the same thing on the cheaper end. Have a little look around the websites for the hobby stores near you, and see what they offer. You should, I think, probably be aiming for around about the $100 mark again. There's a good chance that your compressor will last you a very long time, unless you decide that you want to upgrade to a bigger or quieter model, but that doesn't mean it has to be expensive.
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Axineton #4354

If your going the badger route and you have Facebook you should definitely follow the badger page. Because the owner has a sale on of every airbrush for the price of however old he is that year. I got the badger Sotar 20/20 for £$56 and with shipping and currency conversion it came to about £75. This was about two years ago so it’ll probably have gone up now but it’ll still be less than a £100 for one of the best airbrushes on the market in my opinion.

His birthday is around now or might have been in January. I can’t remember the exact date. But worth a look.
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pawl #4355

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Axineton wrote: 06 Feb 22, 21:41 If your going the badger route and you have Facebook you should definitely follow the badger page. Because the owner has a sale on of every airbrush for the price of however old he is that year. I got the badger Sotar 20/20 for £$56 and with shipping and currency conversion it came to about £75. This was about two years ago so it’ll probably have gone up now but it’ll still be less than a £100 for one of the best airbrushes on the market in my opinion.

His birthday is around now or might have been in January. I can’t remember the exact date. But worth a look.
Just had a look and his birthday is January the 4th, unfortunately. Might have to set myself a reminder for next year though!
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James #4360

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pawl wrote: 05 Feb 22, 18:55 First things first: ignore everything @James says about airbrushes! 😁
Everyone gets so salty about H&S.
Although I love my H&S cr plus I definitely wouldn't recommend it for a beginner.

I would just get the compressor set up with the naff airbrushes just to learn the ropes abit. How to prime a model etc. And then get yourself an entry level airbrush. The badger by all accounts is supposed to be awesome. And yeh the as186 is a good one. Mines working fine 2 years on almost.
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Axineton #4377

pawl wrote: 06 Feb 22, 21:53
Axineton wrote: 06 Feb 22, 21:41 If your going the badger route and you have Facebook you should definitely follow the badger page. Because the owner has a sale on of every airbrush for the price of however old he is that year. I got the badger Sotar 20/20 for £$56 and with shipping and currency conversion it came to about £75. This was about two years ago so it’ll probably have gone up now but it’ll still be less than a £100 for one of the best airbrushes on the market in my opinion.

His birthday is around now or might have been in January. I can’t remember the exact date. But worth a look.
Just had a look and his birthday is January the 4th, unfortunately. Might have to set myself a reminder for next year though!
Well worth it mate. It does take a while to ship but for the sake of saving probably over £100-£150 I think it’s worth it.
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pawl #4379

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Axineton wrote: 07 Feb 22, 21:50
pawl wrote: 06 Feb 22, 21:53
Axineton wrote: 06 Feb 22, 21:41 If your going the badger route and you have Facebook you should definitely follow the badger page. Because the owner has a sale on of every airbrush for the price of however old he is that year. I got the badger Sotar 20/20 for £$56 and with shipping and currency conversion it came to about £75. This was about two years ago so it’ll probably have gone up now but it’ll still be less than a £100 for one of the best airbrushes on the market in my opinion.

His birthday is around now or might have been in January. I can’t remember the exact date. But worth a look.
Just had a look and his birthday is January the 4th, unfortunately. Might have to set myself a reminder for next year though!
Well worth it mate. It does take a while to ship but for the sake of saving probably over £100-£150 I think it’s worth it.
To be honest at that kind of price I would be very tempted to buy something even if I didn't want it! 😅
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