November 25, 2015
Always wanted an airbrush to paint my models as a kid. Trouble was $$.
Now, 40 yrs later I have $$ so bought this set up as I am returning to modeling.
Still getting the hang of them, however they are great. The compressor is very quiet, doesn't wake wifey at midnight.
Update Almost a year later I am using the air brushes and compressor about 4 times a week.
I love this set, I almost exclusively
I love this set of brushes and compressor,I have had Zero problems. use the gravity fee brushes,
I was talking to a fellow at the hobby shop about a $50.00 Vs a $300.00 air brush.
Our conclusion was
February 22, 2018
First airbrush purchase, and this thing is fantastic. I'm using it for miniature priming, base coating, and shading. The trigger system is easy to get used to, and the amount of control is very good. The build quality seems to be pretty high on both the compressor and the airbrushes themselves. The compressor is surprisingly quiet as well. I did have to look up a video on how to adjust the PSI. Turns out it's the black knob, which can be pulled straight up to the
May 27, 2017
To be honest? I already own a Paasche double-action airbrush. It's a nice airbrush, I've had it for almost twenty years, but I haven't really used it much in the last five years or so. I had a large two-gallon Campbell air compressor, which worked but was too noisy and clunky to carry around. Recently I got back into airbrushing (model kits and 3d printed parts), and I wanted a less clunky air compressor setup. So I decided to pick up this kit just to get the compressor. It comes with three simple airbrushes and honestly, I expected to just chuck those into a storage bin and never use them.
But you know what? These aren't bad little airbrushes. Two are double-actions with different pitch nozzles, while one is a more broad, rougher single-action painter with large capacity cups. This isn't Paasche build quality but I've found I use these cheapies more than my Paasche when I want to slap down some coats of primer and a base coat.
The compressor itself is small, quiet, and doesn't vibrate much.
Just be advised: If you do intend to use existing airbrushes with this kit, you will need to buy an adapter for the compressor, as it does not use a 1/4th inch connector.
Kevin A Frantz
February 6, 2018
Very impressed with this product. It is a great starter kit. The compressor gets a little hot if it's being used for a long duration and we will see how long it lasts. The air brushes are decent quality. There is certainly a learning curve with getting the paints to a correct consistency but after you obtain it there are few hang ups. I found that the humidity catch needs to have a paper towel in the chamber to prevent water from entering the line. Over all I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is starting into the hobby. I would give this 5 stars if the compressor didn't need the extra attention with the humidity issues. I have not used the siphon airbrush due to not needing to use it with my hobby.
May 14, 2018
This is a great kit for beginners. All airbrushes work well and are above average quality for the price. I've used this a lot since I purchased it and the compressor is fairly quiet and puts out a steady stream of air. I see a lot of bad reviews about clogging and other issues with spitting paint etc. hopefully I can help others who experience issues below.
Advisory: Long review to help out other customers. Short of it is, clean your airbrushes, keep the water trap dry,keep the compressor cool.
The gravity brushes are prone to clogging, but not because of poor quality. The small detail gravity brush is a .2mm tip. It doesn't matter what brand you use, tips that small clog. The .3mm is better but it can still happen. I've seen Badger's and Iwata's do the same. First, if you aren't using paint that is meant for airbrushing (like Vallejo Model Air line) then you will need to add a significant amount of thinner (basic distilled water works fantastic with acrylics, not sure about enamel, as I only use enamel with a regular brushes). I use anywhere from 3/1 to 10/1 water/paint ratio if using regular paints. If you are still having clogging issues make sure you are fully disassembling and cleaning the airbrushes after every session (not when switching paints, just run distilled water through until its clear in the cup and then 1 paint cup of paint brush cleaner or isopropyl alcohol will work too). Also get some airbrush lube (I've found airsoft gun spray or drops works too, its designed to not eat rubber or plastic, so won't damage o-rings) I just put a little lube on the needle before I insert it back into the casing, the spring, and where the trigger goes into the valve casing. I then spray air through so their isn't a ton lube on the needle tip. If you do get a clog, turn off the air compressor, loosen the needle adjustment valve at the back, take off the first tip, then get a q-tip wet with distilled water and clean off the guide tip and needle, then take the guide tip off and move the trigger back and forth a few times and clean off the needle a few times. Like I stated clogs can happen to any airbrush, and this is the method to get them back going again quickly. I know this seems like a lot but you would need to do the same procedures to more expensive airbrushes. Just because these are cheap, doesn't mean you shouldn't take care of them. If you are going to continue with airbrushing I also recommend an ultra sonic cleaner, but it isn't necessary, just makes cleaning out the nooks and crannies of the airbrushes easier.
That should fix any clogging issues. Anyone having sputtering or compressor issues read on.
Sputtering (which is different than pulsing) is when your paint doesn't come out of the tip even and sort of splatters everywhere, which can ruin your work. This is caused by moisture in the air line. You want the air out of the compressor to be as dry as humanly possible, which the moisture trap below the regulator is supposed to help do. Sometimes it gets over loaded though and even after hitting the release valve at the bottom to help dry it out, you will still get moisture issues. Typically unscrewing it, drying it out with a paper towel and reinstalling will fix most issues. Run some air through the line to help get moisture out of the airline after words then continue painting. I also recommend getting a cheap in-line moisture trap as well if you are not in a very dry climate (basically anywhere that isn't a desert).
Some people have issues with the compressor. Basically most complain it overheats and stops working. I can't help you if this does happen, but to help prevent it I put it in front of one of those small table fans. They are $5 at wal-mart. Just the extra airflow helps keep the compressor cool. It doesn't even get hot anymore even when running full bore at a higher PSI.
I get it, this kit is relatively inexpensive for what you get, but you should still take care of it. Its also good practice if you plan to upgrade to nicer kits in the future.
September 9, 2016
I bought this set as an intro into airbrushing and I can not believe how nice it really is, compressor works great and the same for the air brushes they may not be big name brand or name brand at all but they work great no issues! Eventually I'll want to step up to a name brand airbrush but so far this set has done everything I've asked of it flawlessly If you're just getting into airbrushing or just needing a compressor I can't recommend this enough!