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#45205 11-05-2012 GMT-5 hours    
After ten years of trusty service my Tamiya Spray Works compressor has died. So I think it is time to buy a new air-brush/compressor set up.
One question I'm curious about: I see air-brushes with gravity-fed cups on top of the gun, and with bottles underneath the gun. On first glance it would seem the sealed bottled underneath the gun would be more practical and have a greater capacity. As I tend to do lots of models at once, and batch my spraying, having a larger capacity seems like a logical thing to do.
Are there are benefits or drawbacks for either type?
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#45230 11-07-2012 GMT-5 hours    
The obvious difference is the size. If you're going to spray large areas, like I tend to spray the whole model white, then the bottle comes in really handy. It's not fun to keep re-filling the cup, especially in my case, as I tend to mix and thin down paints a lot. The cup does come in handy for small touch-ups here and there.

I use a Paasche VL and love it. If you damage a part, or bend the needle, you simply go to the hobby shop and pick up a new part. It's almost impossible to destroy it completely. The dual-action system gives you a lot of flexibility, especially for painting small areas, patterns, etc. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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#45236 11-07-2012 GMT-5 hours    
Thanks Ahmed. I was looking at the Paasche VL, so your advise is useful. I think I prefer the idea of a bottle for the same reason - I've always got several models (read dozens) on the go at the same time and it is more convenient to do all the same colour spraying in one go. Does Paasche also make a compressor? I didnt see one on their website. If not, does it matter what type I get? Are the fittings all the same? And the pressure?

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#45246 11-08-2012 GMT-5 hours    
I'm sure they do, but you're not obligated to get the same brand. You can use your airbrush with just about any compressor. Just make sure you get a good compressor that doesn't create much moisture and has enough power/capacity to keep providing all the air you need. You should be able to buy an adaptor to connect the airbrush to it. While at it, invest in a long hose and a decent in-line moisture trap. That should do it.

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#45258 11-08-2012 GMT-5 hours    
Thanks for the advise. I've been recommended on th following:

ARTLOGIC TWIN COMPRESSOR ON TANK

1/4 hp Oil-less compressor

3.5 litre tank

Auto-Stop Function approx 40 psi Restart/ 60psi Stop

Pressure adjustable Regulator/Moisture Trap

Safety Pressure Valve on tank

Thermal motor protection

Low noise rating 47Db

Dimesions: 35L x 13.5W x 31H

Nett weight is 7.2 kilo

1/4HP - 1450RPM

Airflow rating - 35 litre per minute

Does that sound like it would do the job?

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#45260 11-08-2012 GMT-5 hours    
Nick

I have a Badger Cresendo (double action) and it's been pretty reliable. Pretty easy to dis-assemble and clean after use. The needles, tips, and nozzles can be bought at Michaels and other craft stores if you damage something just like the model Ahmed mentioned.

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#45266 11-09-2012 GMT-5 hours    
I think that compressor is more than enough. I have a little diaphragm type compressor and it's working just fine.

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