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Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« on: December 20, 2010, 10:37:35 AM »


While I was coughing me lungs up yesterday (... lovely!) and watching 'American Hot Rod' & 'Orange County Choppers' (motorbikes),
 I thought what would be a good idea to have a Mayhem Masterclass on airbrushing.

 Many of us have good airbrushes or even those cheapo Humrol things but I for one am too scared to experiment with it.
 So what I thought is, someone with a bit of time and experience could teach us the basics, then show us what (& how) to do and set some tasks for
 us to try ourselves and post  the results on here say on a weekly or monthly bases.

 Lessons such as:
 1. What type of airbrush do you have?
 2. How to setup your air brush. (Do's & Don'ts)
 3. How to strip down and clean your air brush.
 4. What types of paints and cleaners to use. Viscosity etc.
 5. Spraying. How to get even coverage.
 6. TASK 1 -  spray an A4 piece of cardboard evenly.
     (Post pictures and assessment)
 7. Marking and spraying a waterline.
 8. TASK 2 - Mark up and spay a waterline on a piece of plasticard.
     (Post pictures and assessment)
 9. Spraying detail components.

    etc. etc.  We can add lesson and tasks on request.

  Good idea? Yes / No?
 
  Who wants to be teacher?


 Martin  :-)
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010, 11:31:09 AM »

Good idea Martin though I would'nt be much use coz I wanna learn about airbrushing too.
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010, 11:41:53 AM »

Some useful tips here (at the risk of a bit of advertising  %)) http://www.modelboats.co.uk/news/article.asp?a=4498

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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010, 12:17:46 PM »

I have a couple of public domain e-books on the subject of weathering.  They are model railway and military related but still have some good tips and techniques that could be transfered to boats
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010, 12:39:19 PM »

I would certainly like to learn more about airbrushing. Any advice would be of great help. John.
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010, 04:52:26 PM »

Hi all,
I have wanted a decent airbrush for ages. I have one of the cheap Humbrol ones which is now defunct.
So what should I buy?
What is the best value?
Some have bottle underneath - some have a cup on top - which is best?
I would still use an aerosol for large surfaces so the airbrush would be mostly for detail work.

Comments from those "in the know", please.

Dave.
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010, 06:37:16 PM »

Hi all
The best thing I ever did was to go on a beginners Airbrush course back in Feb cost me 95.00, it has given me so much more confidence and I just get on with what ever I am going to paint with out the wary of mistakes. with regards of Airbrush I have a Badger and it is fine for what I need, it did cost me a arm and leg but you get what you pay for.
same with compressors.
money well spent. :-))
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2010, 08:10:37 PM »

I bought a Revell Proffi  one some years ago. I never really got into it, I think I was a bit mean with the cost of the propellant gas.
So this year I bought a compressor and two brushes in an offer on eBay for about 60....
I also bought a gallon of cheapo celulose thinners from car parts shop so I'm not stingy with cleaning.

I'm finding the two brushes in the kit a bit cheap compared to the Revell one.

So far I've mostly been sraying some old Dinky cars to practice on, seems more worth while than just painting card etc. Also done a Tamyia Spitfire which I quite pleased with.
My advice would be to get stuck in and have a go, It's one of those things that needs practice. One of the first things I found was not to hold the brush too far away from the subject or the paint dries before it lands and you get a rough finish.
Have a look at this for some info..

http://www.howtoairbrush.com/

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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2010, 08:14:57 PM »

Some have bottle underneath - some have a cup on top - which is best?
I would still use an aerosol for large surfaces so the airbrush would be mostly for detail work.
Dave.
I prefer the top feed ones, and agree about using aerosols for larger areas.
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2010, 08:20:39 PM »

Isnt Voyager the man for the job,dont ask me cos I only use a gun that is suitable for cars


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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2010, 09:16:21 PM »

Essex2visuvesi ,

I would be very interested in your e-books on weathering, can you post the links?

I've got the compressor and brush - just need an operational shed to practise in.

Stripped my shed down to extend it and the weather turned nasty........could be a long wait!
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2010, 09:33:04 PM »

I to brought a Revell profi plus double action about eight years ago and daughter got me a compressor for fathers day  five years ago both still in box never been used yet just wished i had the guts to try.
                                  Regards, Sentry.
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2010, 03:34:56 AM »

Model Rail magazine produce a DVD called "Airbrush Expert" which, while it relates (strangely enough  :D ) to model railways, is very helpful.

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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2010, 04:15:51 AM »

   Martin

 If you're interested I could take the task on. I used to custom paint model railway equipment for people. I've given tutorials on airbrushing at various NMRA conventions and just did one in our local hobby shop the patrons.
 Let me know if you're interested.

John
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2010, 06:00:11 AM »

 Martin
If you're interested I could take the task on. I used to custom paint model railway equipment for people. I've given tutorials on airbrushing at various NMRA conventions and just did one in our local hobby shop for the patrons.
Let me know if you're interested.
John

Now there's an offer for you, Martin O0

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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2010, 06:26:01 AM »

Come on Martin a volunteer is worth ten Pressed men.
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2010, 06:36:22 AM »

I have a couple of public domain e-books on the subject of weathering.  They are model railway and military related but still have some good tips and techniques that could be transfered to boats

If anyone wants a copy of these, drop me a PM with your email address and ill forward them on
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2010, 08:54:22 AM »

John (oldiron) You're On!!!

Have a think about it and maybe use the list I suggested and we'll get started after Chrimbo!

 Thanks John. Top man!

 Martin   :-))
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2010, 10:30:52 AM »

 Martin et al:

Not a problem. I'll start with your list, Martin, and i'll add a couple of more things myself. Where do you want me to put it? Shall I just continue with this thread?

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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2010, 10:54:17 AM »

Yes, I guess so. We can sort it out as we go.

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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2010, 04:58:46 PM »

I think i,ll speak for a lot on here and say a BIG THANK YOU John your a star.
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2010, 05:49:50 PM »

Any other request for lessons, pointers, etc?
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2010, 05:57:03 PM »

martin - how to adjust the airbrush to widen/narrow spray width and to adjust the amount of paint required and finally the pressure required for different types
of jobs and paints.
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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2010, 06:22:54 PM »

martin - how to adjust the airbrush to widen/narrow spray width and to adjust the amount of paint required and finally the pressure required for different types
of jobs and paints.
Geoff

  I'll add those topics to the lesson list.

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Re: Oldiron's Airbrush Tutorial
« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2010, 08:42:50 PM »

Hi all,
I have wanted a decent airbrush for ages. I have one of the cheap Humbrol ones which is now defunct.
So what should I buy?
What is the best value?
Some have bottle underneath - some have a cup on top - which is best?
I would still use an aerosol for large surfaces so the airbrush would be mostly for detail work.

Comments from those "in the know", please.

Dave.

Hi John,
    It is great that you are taking on this task - can you cover these topics as well?

Dave
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