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I was walking the toy eisles at Walmart and I noticed that they now sell a Testor airbrush with an air compressor for $48+. The brush itself looked to be of better quality that the $20 kit w/can that they have had for a while.
Does anyone here have any thoughts on this kit? I know there are some good kits at hobby shops, but for the infrequent paint mods that I want to do, the cheaper the better.
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Al,

I saw the same kit, I thought it was pretty nice.

I opted for the cheaper version they had next to it, as I don't paint to often. I have still yet to use it and I have had it for a few months now.
 
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Al,

I meant to add to this sooner.

Being that this kit has a air compressor powering the gun itself, the pressure must be more than enough to get a smooth paint job.

I don't have any experience with air compressors as far as painiting, but I can imagine the extra pressure would yield a better paint job.

Let me know if you pick it up and the results you get.
 

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Thanks for the reply Darrick :cheers I'll probably get it this weekend. I bought the can powered kit a few years back (toward the end of my 1/24 days) and had decent results. The results were good enough for back them. What made me stop using it was that part that screws into the compressed air can developed a leak and let air out while I was painting. This lead me into running out of air in the middle of a paint spray, so I had to strip the model down to metal again and start over and I just gave up.
I'll post if I get it.
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Al,

I too bought the aerosol can spray kits as well.

I ran into problems of the plastic nozzle getting clogged and the final result looked like I sprayed a model with a can of shaving cream that was geting low :badidea

I no longer use the aerosol kits and still have a few cans of aerol left over.

Even though I'm not doing much painitng these days, I would love to have a really nice set up. I'm sure that would inspire me to do more painting.

let me know how the new kit is. I'm now torn between it and the 1:5 Custom Chopper :lol
 

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Back before my two daughters came along, I was always in the basement working on models. I'm not familiar with which airbrush is in the kit, but you will definately want to get an air compressor if you plan on painting more than one or two models. I bought a small Campbell-Hausmann (sp?), the blue one they have at Walmart for about $100. Worth every penny. It has a 2 or 3 gallon tank and a small (but loud) electric motor. I usually sprayed with about 20 lbs of presure using enamel model paint thinned about 1:1 with thinner. Worked like a champ for me! Now it's collecting dust as I change diapers!!! Some day I'll blow the dust off it and put a coat of paint on something (probably where my daughter scribbled on the wall with marker :lol )

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Sean,

Thanks for posting.

Did you mix the thinner and paint together :feedback

I always wondered about that combination.
 

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Mix them together. Most enamels will have to be thinned unless it says so on the label. A 1:1 (thinner to paint ratio) is just a guideline. You can play around with it to see what work the best. Testors sell these large, clear eye dropper things (probably included in the kit) that you can use to suck the paint and/or thinner from the bottles that they come in into the container to feed the airbrush. . That's what I used. The kit might also include clear jars to mix the paint in. I'd have to see the kit to know for sure.

Another idea the throw out there... Ever notice how many different shades of NAIL POLISH there are??? You can mix that 1:1 with nail polish remover (the clear kind - don't use the colored or tinted stuff) and get a really good finish through an airbrush!!! I did a Corvette (circa 1978) in this deep, dark red metallic that was just awesome!!!

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