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Considering that we have so many talented modelers on this site. I'm sure that there are many of us, that would appreciate a section,catagory, devoted to the use of an Airbrush and all other forms of coloring tools.

Techniques, paints, mixing colors, maintaining equipment, and other, "Tricks of The Trade!":)

I know we have a section on building, but we have so many other catagories that just don't get much action and I think an airbrush section would. Just my two cents:D
 

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Jim,

Great idea ... I like it! Maybe a Painting / Airbrush section under the "Model Train Workshop" group. (I've always been intrigued with airbrush work, but I've never had the opportunity to try one on my end. A "look over the shoulder" how-to thread -- or section -- would be great.)

I thought maybe as a Moderator, I could create a section, but I don't see how. :confused:

B&M, TwoRail ... maybe you can chime in here? If you like the idea, maybe new section?

Cheers,

TJ
 

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I'm looking forward to it, Jim---let's see what you can come up with!
 

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I've been doing custom airbrush work for about 15 years. I do stuff as small as grafitti on an ho car, to I did a mural in a buddies garage. Most my work though has been custom motorcycle helmets. I think I may have some advise to give :)
 

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Dozer, that sounds great!
I'm just learning and need to know, "Everything!" :)
Tried YouTube, but most of what I see assumes you know at least the basics. I Don't!

Thank,
Jim
 

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Dozer, that sounds great!
I'm just learning and need to know, "Everything!" :)
Tried YouTube, but most of what I see assumes you know at least the basics. I Don't!

Thank,
Jim
I'll tell you the absolute #1 most important part about getting good results with an airbrush is the supply air. Sounds simple enough, but alot of people mess up here. You need good, dry, pulse free air. Especially if you are using an internal mix airbrush.
 

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also never forget to mix the paint well with just the right amount of thinner thats where i went wrong when i started.
 

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I'm looking to get into airbrushing, I have never picked up an airbrush before. It seems like there's a lot of company's selling them, can anybody recommend a manufacturer or a model that is pretty good for a beginner. I'm just looking to paint and weather some locos that I have. From what I read so far I think I should be looking for a dual action, gravity fed, internal mix airbrush. Does that sound about right?

I'm not looking to invest a lot of money into something I may not be good at/enjoy doing...but on the other hand I don't want to go cheap and get something that doesn't perform well or an airbrush that I grow out of in two months.

Thanks for any info!!
 

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I'm looking to get into airbrushing, I have never picked up an airbrush before. It seems like there's a lot of company's selling them, can anybody recommend a manufacturer or a model that is pretty good for a beginner. I'm just looking to paint and weather some locos that I have. From what I read so far I think I should be looking for a dual action, gravity fed, internal mix airbrush. Does that sound about right?

I'm not looking to invest a lot of money into something I may not be good at/enjoy doing...but on the other hand I don't want to go cheap and get something that doesn't perform well or an airbrush that I grow out of in two months.

Thanks for any info!!
Badger are good quality, low investment airbrushes. they are very easy and inexpensive to get replacement parts for. As far as what "type" of airbrush, that is a little tougher of a question to answer. The dual action airbrushes are by far the most difficult to learn on let alone to master. The opposite spectrum of that is an external mix, single action brush. Very easy to operate, but not as precise to use.

I'd recommend for a serius beginner to pick up a single action, internal mix airbrush with at least 2 different needles and seats (Paasche makes an excellent one) AND an external mix, single action airbrush for large covering jobs ( base coats, primer, clear coats etc...). You can get both of these for under $40 total. Then of course you need to get your supply air and filters. Which, as a reminder, the filters are the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL of an airbrush system!
 

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I use a Paasche VLS dual action airbrush. I love it. I need an airbrush to paint aircraft camo schemes.

I've been airbrushing aircraft for about 15 years and I always learn something new everytime I use it.

I highly recommend getting one if you plan on custom painting your trains:thumbsup:

Cheers, Ian
 

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Primer?

I have several pieces(plastic & metal), that have been primered with Rust-Oleum Enamel Primer. Do I have to strip them down again or can the primer be used with other types of paint?

There's so much to learn. I went to the library and had them bring in a book on airbrushing. The title is, The Complete Airbrush Course. As I opened and started to read the book and look at the photos, I was struck by how unlike what I'd seen in videos on the net were like. I checked the date it was published, 1989:eek: Now you know how far out in the boonies I live!:laugh::laugh:
 

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Jim,

I haven't forgotten your "Sticky" painting section request. I don't have "the power" for creating stickies, just yet ... but coming soon, I hope. The powers-that-be are looking into it. :thumbsup:

Remind me down the road, if I forget.

TJ
 

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Hi guys, havent been on here in a while.

I have 3 Airbrushes and have more than 20+yrs of experiance.

Here is a Caboose I did, and lightly weathered a while back...


Kevin
 

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Very nice. Is that lettering decal? I see no sign of typical decal clear-margins. It almost looks like you stenciled the graphics?

TJ
 

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Kevin, very nice work! I have the same question about the lettering. I've been reading and watching videos where a "layered technique" is used. Could you share your process?

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Jim
 

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Hay Kevin,
Hope all is well up there in the foothills. I am wanting to learn to airbrush. I have two of them now and a small compressor.
 

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Air Brush video

Does anyone know of a video that is available for learning how to use an airbrush?

My wife has an airbrush and a small compressor that has not bee used for 20 years

Thanks to all

windy and snowy in MN
 
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