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alexbaja
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posted 07-28-2011 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just ordered an Iwata Airbrush HP-CS and an Iwata Smart Jet Plus Handle-Tank Compressor. Do any of you have any of these tools for airbrushing our space models? If so I would like to hear any comments please.

Jay Chladek
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posted 07-28-2011 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It sounds like a good brush (and did you get the CS because you visit cS? )

A moisture trap might be a necessity given you live in a pretty humid climate. Other than that, as long as you know how to shoot with that brush, you should be all set.

A gravity feed brush won't allow you to shoot much volume unless you pre-mix and store in a different bottle. But the amount of paint you spray will depend on the size of the subject (i.e. a 1/72 LM isn't going to use as much paint as a 1/72 shuttle with boosters and ET (LOTS of orange paint for an ET).

alexbaja
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posted 07-29-2011 12:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a multipurpose Airbrush and it did get a good rating for Model Building so that is why I chose the Iwata HP-CS (well maybe Iwata designers called it CS because they visited cS).

This particular compressor model does have a moisture trap as it also has a 450cc air tank incorporated in the handle. I am still a novice in Air brushing so that is why I asked for more avid users for their comments. Here is the technical data for this compressor.

The gravity feed cup is small in this airbrush but i will be mixing paint in a container to refill as necessary.

I will be doing a few small models in preparation for my big project which I purchased recently from Accurate Models the Saturn V F-1 Rocket engine 1:20 scale. This won't be easy but it will be a great challenge.

ilbasso
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posted 07-31-2011 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You'll definitely want to practice on several models before tackling the F-1. Making that model come alive is all about good airbrushing, and having to spray up inside that big cavity can be a real challenge. I actually intended to build that model as well, but decided that I wasn't up to the task. Being red-green colorblind makes it hard for me to achieve subtle shading effects.

Practice on scrap plastic and old models that you don't want any more!

alexbaja
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posted 07-31-2011 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ilbasso:
Practice on scrap plastic and old models that you don't want any more!
Thanks ilbasso I will definitely practice on scrap models. I am not in a hurry to finish this model, even with the F-1 sitting in it's box on my shelf I find pleasure looking at it so don't worry I do not plan to spoil it. Only when I feel confident that I can do a good job out of it I will attempt to do it.

Practice makes perfect, luckily I am a very patient person, I am sure that everybody on cS Models & Toys section must have started from somewhere.

On the other hand I have seen models of the F-1 finished in very different ways, the CD that comes with it shows lots of F-1 1:1 scale engines finished this way and they are all in Museums around the States, so do not get discouraged in attempting this model. This does not mean that you should take a short cut or get it done in a hurry. With today's Metalizer paints and lots of practice you should get an excellent finish.

Jay Chladek
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posted 08-02-2011 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you can get your hands on Alclad brand paints (from the UK) they are the best metal paints out there. They are durable and spray on rather well. Plus, they are also a bit easier to use than some of the other metallizer type paints (such as the Testors ones). But I've seen good F-1 engine bells even done with just simple small square bottle Testors silver and steel paints.

As for paint and weathering effects, gravity feed brushes are perfect for that since they don't require as much airflow to shoot as siphon feed brushes. So you can really mist on the details if you need to.

As for the compressor, you made an excellent choice. I own the older Iwata Smart Jet and it has given me sterling service for the nearly 10 years that I've owned it. I don't use an Iwata brush (I have one, just haven't hooked it up yet), but the compressor made a world of difference on my Aztek brush in terms of what I could do. So it is the perfect fit for your brush I think.

alexbaja
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posted 08-03-2011 12:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think I will be working with Model Master paint as we do have an agent in Malta so it will be much easier for me to just pop down the road and get what I need, though I will try an check if I will find Alclad paints here too so I can give them a try. The F-1 bell will be tricky to do but luckily I have a friend here in Malta who is a master in scale motor bike model painting who is willing to give me a helping hand.

I should be receiving my airbrush and compressor early next week so hopefully I might find some time next week to test it.

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posted 08-03-2011 03:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for K2Pete   Click Here to Email K2Pete     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just bought a $12 USD airbrush over eBay. It looks just like an Iwata airbrush and I've gotta tell you, it works just fine!

Now, I've used an airbrush for over 30 years, a Paasche VL (and the tip just wore out) for fine work and a Badger for less detailed work and this little Iwata knock-off is just as good!

For modeling work it'll do you just fine.

And I realize you've already purchased an airbrush, so I'm telling you this as a 'heads-up' as you may want to get a spare airbrush... now where are those 'happy face' emoticons?

alexbaja
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posted 08-03-2011 03:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by K2Pete:
And I realize you've already purchased an airbrush, so I'm telling you this as a 'heads-up' as you may want to get a spare airbrush...
That is cool, for that money I am sure it is worth it. Any chance to pass on the details?

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posted 08-03-2011 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for K2Pete   Click Here to Email K2Pete     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if I can post an eBay address, but if you plug this into the eBay search field:
Premium Dual Action Airbrush Kit Craft Nail Art New Blk
...you'll see it. I see the price went up too, and I also saw a few that are $0.95?

If you type in "airbrush kit" into the eBay search field, you'll see a wide variety of them. And just so you know, I'm not affiliated, in any way, with any of these sellers!

alexbaja
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posted 08-03-2011 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I suppose it's the one in the yellow box. I will keep it saved in my eBay watch list, though I would love to try my Eclipse first before ordering this one.

I have been told this morning by TNT couriers that I should receive my Eclipse and compressor by next Monday afternoon.

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