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    I am getting ready to paint a few tanks, and from what I have seen an airbrush gives the best results for the large models.
    I would like to hear a few testimonials about using them and how things turned out. I also would like to get a few suggestions on what type of airbrush works.
    I don’t even know what type of paint they use; I am hoping you can make a solution from any water-based paint. Any information would be appreciated.
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    I&#39;ve used an airbrush on my Battletech minis (soon to use it on my Defiler). You definitely have to thin the paint,and you canuse acrylics, but other than that it works like a spraycan.
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    I have seen a few different styles of brush.
    Some use a foot pump, some use a spray can, and others use an air compressor. I have access to a compressor but it’s a bit large, and I would have to do my brushing in the garage.
    Do you just load the paint into a chamber and start working?
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    You can even connect it to a tire, I don&#39;t know how common this is though... and it will probably run out of air pretty quickly.
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    Ah the airbrush, tool of Kings.

    I have three types of Airbrush in my possession at the moment. The best for moddelling is a gravity fed one with a pistol style grip. Easier to hold than the rest.

    Firstly mix up some paint, normal GW acrylics will do just fine. Water them down so there about 75% paint and 25% water. Having a regulator to adjust air pressure will help immensely with the final result. I set my air pressure to .75 BAR. I close the pin in the airbrush about half way so only a small amount of paint comes out.

    Spray the model as you would with a spray can except be more careful about paint running, this creates a stained metal effect. If you lightly dusted the model as I said it should be painting ready in 15 - 20 minutes. I use several light coats for my veihcles as it makes bringing out a flat panel of colour easier.

    ALso, with the spray set to such a small area, you can even spray on camoflauge. It takes time but can turn out perfect.

    Hope this helps&#33;

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    I suppose I’ll have to go shop around then, defiantly something with a compressor, gravity fed, with plenty of things to adjust. I am hoping this tool will make painting terrain easier and cooler, along with vehicles.
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    well, ive used mine for undercoating, tankbrushing and basecoating a few things, and i have quite a bit of knowledge about them

    paint needs to be thinned (acrylics) 50/50 with water, 66/33 to thinner for oils

    u cant use a compressor without a moisture trap, which is about 150 australian, coz ull get big bubbles of water everywhere.

    i used to use spray cans, but it was just as expensive as GW undercoat, so i got to using a foot pump or tire tube, a big enough one has plenty of air

    it really depends on what brand you buy, but the all follow the same principle, thin the paint in the chamber, then use an air medium to spray it...

    i bought an el cheapo one, about 30 australian, from a local hobby shop (wioth aerosol can, which is normally 15) and it has lasted me for 3 years (the brush not the can, that was empty in like 7 days)

    hop[e i have helped

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