April 20, 2013
I have read through all of the reviews with low ratings and I can all see why they gave this WONDERFUL product a low rating. It is simply because they are ignorant, not because the product if broken. Heck, I thought my compressor and airbrush were broken when I first got them, too!
As a newbie to this product and airbrushing in general, here is a little newbie guide I threw together:
The compressor: The first deal is that the regulator is not attached. My compressor came with Teflon tape (I'm not sure if yours will, I got mine used). You NEED to wrap the male part on the compressor in Teflon tape then screw on the regulator. This is done so that the none of the air leaks out. Once it is attached, you can hook up the braided hose. Here is the deal with the compressor: when it is turned on, it will not constantly run, it has an auto shut off once it has stored pressure. On top of this, your airbrush must be hooked up to the hose & compressor for the gauge to work. To adjust the pressure, you pull out the black knob on the regulator and then twist it left/right, it should have + and - symbols so you know which way to twist it. Note, the gauge will only read if you have the compressor running and the hose is hooked up to your airbrush! If your compressor has auto shut off and you need to adjust the pressure, just run some air through the airbrush so that it starts back up again. Also, keep in mind when you are airbrushing the compressor will turn itself on and off. THIS IS NORMAL AND A GOOD THING, don't let it alarm you. It means your regulator and compressor are working correctly!
The airbrush: as stated earlier, the airbrush must be hooked up to the compressor and the compressor must be running for it to work properly (this should be obvious, but I will state it anyway). There are two controls on the airbrush, and also some adjustments. The first control is pressing the trigger down, which will make air come out. Note, when it is pressed down there should be NO fluid coming out, just air. Once the trigger is pushed down, when you pull it back your liquid should come out stronger and stronger. If you cannot pull your trigger back far enough to let the liquid out, here is what might be wrong: On the very back of the airbrush (opposite of the front) is a little knob. If you loosen this knob, it will allow you to pull the trigger further and further back allowing you to release more and more liquid.
As I said earlier, I am nowhere near an expert or even an adept on air brushes. As my first air brush, for $80 (I got mine used from Amazon) this is WORTH EVERY PENNY. Airbrushes alone go for $100+, where this is an airbrush AND a compressor AND a regulator (yes, some airbrush/compressor kits don't come with regulators)! As for quality, I honestly don't know how good the airbrush is, but I used it to write my name and paint some model kits, and the paint (water based acrylic thinned with Windex) came out evenly with no splattering. Also, the included booklet is a joke. It is about 5 pages front and back, and basically explains how to clean your airbrush and tells you to practice painting lines, dagger strokes, and dots. The important thing is that it explains how to clean your airbrush. It is EXTREMELY important to keep your airbrush cleaned if you want it to last you forever. The brush gets gunked up with paint quick, so it is important to keep it clean. Just keep in mind that when you purchase this you will have to keep it maintained. It is not too hard to clean, you just need to run some cleaner through it and unscrew some small parts.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a airbrush for painting anything, this is worth it. I personally use it for painting model kits but you can use it for everything else!
August 24, 2016
I'm not sure why some airbrushed are so expensive. This Master Airbrush is the only airbrush I've ever owned and it produces professional results. It doesn't take a master to use either as the models in the pictures are the only models I've ever done and I had no problems with the airbrush. I recommend using laquer thinner to clean it though as it gets it nice and clean after each use!
J. J. Burtch
May 30, 2017
I purchased this airbrush for one single purpose...to paint a very large 3D printed model that I was in the process of printing and building. I put a ton of time and effort into the print, so I wanted to make sure that it was going to look as good as it could, and I quickly found with some test pieces that using brushes on it just wasn't going to give it the look I was going for.
I did a bit of research and settled on the Master Airbrush set that's listed here, and to be honest I couldn't be happier. I have never used a REAL airbrush before...I had only used the Testor's one that uses propellant to spray the paint, which really just makes it more like a glorified spray paint device.
I watched a few videos on YouTube about how to go about using the device, and when it arrived I quickly gave it a shot. I mixed Tamiya acrylic paint with Tamiya thinner in the ratio that I found on Tamiya's site for mixing paint for airbrushes, and I found it to work very well.
I absolutely loved the level of control that I had with the airbrush...I could lay just a little bit of paint if I wanted to, or I could put more on at a time. I quickly found my way around using the thing and ended up with GREAT results on the model I was working on.
The set comes with pretty much everything you need to get started, and I found that the only thing I needed to get in order to get started was paint, thinner, and some airbrush cleaner. I would highly recommend grabbing some cleaner when you order it, as it's nice to be able to use it to clean out the brush after every use. I found that by cleaning it every time I was done using it I had no issues at all whenever I went to use it again.
I know it's fairly basic, and probably not top of the line...but for my uses and the amount of money I spent I feel that this airbrush setup is an incredible value. For getting started, or for doing just very basic projects, I think you couldn't go wrong with this setup. Highly recommended.