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    Greets chaps!

    Not been in the hobby for some years now but with the new release of WH 40K, I've started to take notice of this space again and one of my buddies gave me a 1:72 scale F-14 Tomcat which I'm building now and hoping to paint. I've never been happy with my priming technique or results so I'm wondering if doing so with an airbrush would yield better results? I'm looking for cheap but quality airbrush recommendations please! Not looking to do entire minis just with airbrush so more for just priming minis or painting scale model aircraft; I still think I'll do the small details with the good ol' paintbrush. Looking at online reviews and prices, it seems like good ones start at >£100? Or do I not know how to look?

    Is it possible to use GW paints for airbrush work? I know Vallejo (?) paints have an airbrush version (Vallejo Air?) but can I use my GW paints in an airbrush?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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    My buddy recommends a Meterk airbrush that can be found on eBay for £25 which includes a compressor but I'm not sure how good this is for model work? His scale models look.... okay but I wonder if it's due to skill or airbrush quality. Neither of us are pros but even then, sometimes a good tool can make a mediocre painter look great!


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    mehh, for the price it may be worth a try, but you better not expect anything from it.

    Compressor looks weak, AB doesn't look well made (and all the concrete info about it, that it's double action and 0.3mm, which is ok, but not enough)

    It could work for what you want (priming and basecoat).

    as for your other question:
    - properly thinned (water or thinner/medium) GW paints can be used in an AB. Worst comes worst GW has an AB color line (basically the layer paints have an AB version, never tried them, I rather use water with paints, then buying watery paint).
    Last edited by MAXXxxx; 08-21-2018 at 02:22 PM.
    Forgot, that it works again.

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    Badger Sotar 20/20 do the job without spending a lot of money, its easy to clean and easy to mantain.

    You can do thin lines or apply primer with this airbush, and like MAXXxxx says, you can use without problem GW normal paints, dont waste your money buying the GW Air, just use your normal base or layer paints.

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    There is no point in spending a lot of money on an airbrush and compressor when you are starting out and not really sure it's the way you want to go. I don't believe a great tool can make an average painter good as you still need some kind of skill to pull off a good job. I spent about $135.00 on a Delta airbrush and a slightly better compressor. I use it for priming, basecoats and mid to small details. Never bought a better set up as I've never needed one. Smaller stuff is always done with a brush anyway and I work in 1/35. Never used an airbrush on figures.
    When painting I try to stick to brand exclusive thinners etc. and always use the thinner as I find it gives a smoother, flatter finish. I find water separates the pigment faster and it ends up clogging the brush up. For me the extra cost is worth doing away with the extra cleaning and hassle.
    If sticking with 1/72nd scale it's just as easy to prime with Vallejo primer by brush. If you take a small amount of care by thinning your primer coats you can do a decent job with no brushstrokes.
    I agree with MAXXxxx about airbrush ready lines though. You pay the same or even more and get a fraction of the pigment. It all depends on the level of convenience you want.

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