What if I only intend to use it to spray say about 20 wagons in my life time? Is it still worth spending so much money on an airbursh that will sit dorment after I have finished with it? I ask because I have just put together a couple of SEM wagons and looking to buy a beginners one
like this one
the AB-101A External Mix Airbrush Se
Will this be OK to start with ?
Sigh, see all the preceding posts. The posters have spent 2 pages up until now telling you that it is best to spend well on a double action, internal mix air-brush of good quality.
Why spend $22 on a bottom of the range air-brush, then discover it is no good, then spend another $150 on a good one, when you could have started off with the good one in the first place?
Getting a good quality brush and learning how to use it will serve you well.
It gets frustrating at that!
Let me say this regarding that air brush set. First off it is identical to my first air brush, even down to the tiny little air hose & connectors, as shown in the illustration.
That whole kit is designed to work with cans of compressed air, note the seperate cap with thread, & its size also the thread sizes of the air brush itself as well as on the hoses. As such they are very much exclusive to that set, & totally incompatiable with anything else. The cans of air do not last long & you then have to source replacements from somewhere, a very expensive exercise.
I found the brush itself & the job it does is so so, but is small in the hand, the connectors to the bottles are not very good & they easily become detached, whilst working. I have adapted the hose to fit onto a constance supply mini air compressor & use it to blow dust out of my computer, & it only just does that. If I lose it, it will be no lose.
Similar air brush sets are available that can be used with proper air compressors owing to the amount of adapters with it, & can be sourced at cheaper prices.
You can get cheap Paasche branded air brushes such as basic VL sets which are far better, but I would not get anything less than the H set.
An air brush is not just used to paint a set amount of wagons, but I find that many & varied uses for one, in many different areas, & not just in my MR setting either.
Get a decent one to start with & it will last. Many others have said to get the double action types, & whilst I am happy with my single action, I would not rule out a double action in the future though.
I have one other cheap air brush that has jars that fit the Paasche jars & that is the only benefit from that, as I have spare jars.
In the end its your money, & therefore your choice as to what to do with it, in the same way that it is your choice as to what choice you make, you asked for advice, & you have been given some excellent advice from many experienced modellers, so its just a matter of whether to accept or reject it all.
If you are thinking of rejecting the advice, before you do so, ask yourself did you want real advice or just want to hear what you wanted to hear, that is to justify what you are going to do anyway.