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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Sammarchese39, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Sammarchese39

    Sammarchese39 New Member

    what capabilities does a airbrush for taxidermy need to have?
  2. mopsrdrawer67

    mopsrdrawer67 Member

    Any will work, but a 'dual action' is the way to go if the budget allows. I use an Iwata CS. Great brush but will set you back about $200. There are less expensive ones that would work just fine.

  3. jim tucker

    jim tucker Active Member

    Depends on what you plan on using it for. For all but the most demanding detail any will do just fine.

    If you have never used one and are just starting IMO there are only 2 wise choices:

    Paashe H - $40 or so


    1. It is inexpensive.
    2. It has a low learning curve
    3. Extremely Durable
    4. Works great
    5. Parts are easy to come by and relatively cheap
    6. Easy to clean

    Harbor Freight deluxe airbrush Kit - $19.99


    1. Really cheap - disposable cheap
    2. Double action for single action price
    3. Works great

    My favorite is the H but I have used just about all of them. I can use the H for 99% of what I do. IMO it is the best workhorse brush out there. The Harbor Freight brush is great, but I hate dealing with double action unless I absolutely have to. The best part of those is that when part start wearing out...you just toss it and get a whole new brush. Trust me it is not a toy or junk, just a rebranded decent brush.

    I also have a Renegade velocity and it is very nice, but man, cleaning and dealing with tiny, fragile parts is not my bag. I am just too brutal on things.
  4. Sammarchese39

    Sammarchese39 New Member

    Thank you for the info do you recommend a kind of compressor?
  5. jim tucker

    jim tucker Active Member

    I use the Badger silent compressor for painting, but again if you are just starting go to Harbor Freight and buy whatever is on sale. That way you can have one that will run a air stapler as well.
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I have used my Harbor Freight air brush like that for years. I have never needed to change it out. I dropped it and then some how stepped on it and bent it. I bent it back and it still works great. I bought it on sale for $15.00. I'm not doing full time anymore, so that might be the reason for it's longevity.
  7. I also use and love the Paasche Single Action 'H' model myself tho I have used both of their models.
    Personally I am not a big fan of the Double Action model - but I know many who are.
    The basic 'H' model does everything that I have ever needed it to do - for low cost.
  8. czykdbcz

    czykdbcz Artist or just crazy

    I use an Iwata. Buy what you can afford. A little more skill is needed for a double action airbrush, but nothing a little practice cant correct.
  9. It really depends on a few factors; your budget, your experience, the intended use. I was prodded by a very good friend and world champion fish head and bought an Iwata for about $300. I must admit that before I bought it I was somewhat apprehensive; however- the difference between the control this brush offers for detail work is something else. I also have a less expensive one that I use to lay down base colors.Just remember using the best tools improves your chances of success. Hope this helps, good luck, John
  10. Second this statement. I have two Paasche Single Action H models. May take a little longer to paint but if you are patient and keep adjusting the air flow you can blend very well with it.