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Dbarrm

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Hi guys, Im looking into getting an airbrush to do my rocket painting. Ive never used one before so Im starting off fresh here. What I want is something I can use to train/learn with but still give me a good result. Money is still kinda short so im also looking for the most bang for my buck without losing to much quality.

Dan
 

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For general rocket painting, I'm going to recommend the tried and true Paasche H. Since a lot of rocket painting involves covering large areas, getting one with the #5 (large) nozzle is very handy. They make a kit that comes with three tips (#1, #3 and the all important #5) three jars, hose and miscellaneous other bits for ~$40 on eBay.

Yes - you can find cheap testors/aztek kits complete with a can of compressed air at places like Walmart. Do yourself a big favor and don't get this setup. The nozzles are not internally cleanable and therefore if you ever clog one up badly, you'll need to buy a replacement nozzle. Not fun.

The air source will be your other major expense. Ideally a compressor and is best, but that's the most expensive in the short run. Lot's of people use "alternative" sources like the air in a spare car tire or a CO2 tank. One option that isn't too expensive ($20-$30 at Sears) is 5-gallon air tank you can fill at your local gas station. You'll still need a regulator - under $10 at Harbor Freight, or maybe up to $20 at sears/home depot. Maybe Harbor Freight has air tanks, too.

Harborfrieght has a $10 single-action airbrush that looks to be a fairly good knockoff of the paasche H (or Badger equivalent). It reportedly works reasonably well and as it can be dissasembled for cleaning; it has got to be better than the cheapie testors kit at Walmart.

I do recommend single-action over double action for rocket work. It's simpler, easier to clean and I think more tolerant of a wider variety of paints. Not a lot of rocket work involves fineline detail work, which is where double-action ab's shine.
 

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For the ultimate low-budget route, I found these items at Harbor Freight:

$10 airbrush
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=6131 ($10)
$18 tank
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=55057
$10 regulator
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=90590


You will probably need a few miscellaneous connectors to get the airbrush hose to hook up to the output of the regulator. This is best done at your friendly neighborhood hardware store - go in with the various pieces and say
"I want to hook this up to this". They'll probably give you all you need for another few dollars. I recommend quick-disconnect fittings.

Still, I recommend the Paasche H. It's proven to be reliable over many decades of use by many thousands of users.
 

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Thank you very much. Yes I going to be doing large and small projects with this so ill need all sizes of tips.

Dan
 

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don't forget a filter. It will keep any water or other crap from getting into your gun/paint/finish. Something like this will work well and you won't have to buy a seperate regulator. filter/regulator
 

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Badger too, look at them as they are just as good, adn probably jsuta s chap as Paasche.

If you find an Iwata HP at under $80 buy it, and send it to me!! (it's like teh 'Cadilac' of airbrushes)

Best to have a compressor witha regulator, and a tank. This'll produce a steady, even air flow.
 
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