Back in April, I posted about my painting work space, which included a brief mention about my decision to start shopping for a new airbrush. My old Paasche VL had served me well since about 1983 or so, but it had been giving me grief after I damaged the fine needle and then accidentally used the medium needle in the fine tip.
While browsing the internet looking for replacement parts for the Paasche, I happened upon a few articles about airbrushing, then started doing a bit of research about some other options.
I learned a valuable lesson that day. When you go shopping for parts to repair your ten year-old Honda Civic, don’t walk through the new car showroom on the way to the parts desk. Basically, I did the equivalent of that with my airbrush situation. I could fix the VL (and I will), but it will never be up to the standard of newer products.
After canvassing my friends for advice, I got Tim at Action Hobbies to get an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS for me. It was dropped off by Canpar yesterday, and I had a couple of hours to mess around earlier today.
This post is not intended to be a review of the product. I don’t have experience with anything but my old VL and a couple of different Badger siphon feed ‘brushes to compare. I will say this: WOW. The VL is a good tool, but this Iwata airbrush is a precision instrument. The fit, finish, and balance are superb. Control over paint flow is remarkable, and I predict this is going to allow me to up my game in the painting department – especially with weathering.
I ran a few different brands of paint through it, just get the feel of things. Then I grabbed an undecorated Kadee covered hopper and loaded up the airbrush with Penn Central Green.
Notably, I was able to paint very small and confined areas on this completely assembled car by modulating the distance between and paint flow. I might be writing a few posts about painting in the near future 🙂