Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Best Kit to Start Airbrushing

1-Click complete airbrush and compressor setup?  Yes please!   

I was looking for this kit for a while to add to the Tools and Gear section up top, and now I've found one in the quality and price point I feel happy to recommend!



One kit gets you all the cool toys in a box, hit the jump for more specs and review.



If you've looked at the Tools and Gear section previously, I've recommended getting a similar compressor and a Patriot 105.  This set comes to around the price point, but with 3 airbrushes instead of one and a lot of accessories.

In term of price, you pay for the Compressor and all the cool accessories and they give you 3 lower-tier airbrushes.  Which is great, because the airbrush is usually the 1st thing you will change or upgrade from your starting setup.

I'm only now linking this because I wasn't able to test the set, and I don't recommend stuff I can't try or don't know enough about.  But now I do, there's one sitting at my desk right now, which I plan to break open and review after Adepticon.

Unto the specs and why they're awesome-sauce.

What the set gives you:

Compressor
This is your standard compressor, it's high performance, resilient and it's the same or similar to the recommended starting compressor everywhere.

Moisture Trap & Pressure Regulator
This is the glass cup-shaped item on the right of the compressor.  It's nice to get, as you can make the most out of your compressor by controlling the pressure, and use it longer because of the moisture trap.

Braided Hose
Another cool feature is the quality hose.  Most cheap or intro setup come with a cheap plastic-like hose, and I am here to tell you that they are the devil.   Regardless of your initial setup, you want a quality hose, because stuff exploding when you use it is a no-no.

2 Gravity Feed, Dual Action Airbrush
Why do I need 3 airbrushes?  Different airbrushes get different results mah ninja!  Contrary to brush painting, your airbrush skills will be capped by your material, i.e. your airbrushes, not by your actual skills.  For example, no matter how Next Level boss you are at an airbrush, there's only so much you can do with only a spray gun.  So different things for you to try before you drop another 150.00 for a real high quality airbrush when you chose to step your game up.

1 Suction Feed Airbrush
Much like the Badger Spray Gun at first glance, this badboy takes care of your base coats and primer needs.  It's also the easiest of the 3 to learn with if you've never touched an airbrush before.

Cleaning brushes
Most of the top tier artist recommend NOT using these, including the maker of Badger Airbrushes, so I tend to believe them.  However, if you really want to use them, the general guideline is: if you have to use force, you're doing it wrong and you will most likely break something.  This is the only time ever I will advise against "Might makes Right, and if it's not working, you're not using enough"

Holders
This is more in the range of:  Oh cool there's this thing in!  You need somewhere to put your airbrushes without stepping on them or taking out of the box everytime, you get this in the box.  I wouldn't pay for it, but it's free!




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