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Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by big J, Oct 8, 2020.

  1. getting ready to order a couple new airbrushes, I would like to purchess the Iwata brushes can anyone suggest which Iwata to buy, need one for fine detail and one for regular painting, and where would a good place to buy them thanks.
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Do a google search and you’ll find the best prices
    As for brushes gravity fed
    2.mm detail
    3mm for broad spraying
    Never use any metallic paint in your 2mm
    Also buy extra needles 0 rings and a nozzle for the 2mm

  3. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    If just starting out in Airbrushing you can get a compressor, and 3 different brushes. Single, double action and a syphon feed, paint and moisture trap, hose and regulator. Airbrush Wearhouse I think was the name. Master the single action, use stencils, brush, paint pens, rubs and masks to get what effect you want, then move onto the double action. Never had much use for a double action when doing taxidermy work even on fish. I would start by practicing with water colors or inks on paper then lacquers and then water based acrylics. Learn how to airbrush with cheaper brushes before drooping BIG $ on the Iwita.
  4. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Badger brushes are unbeatable
    I have the renegade, chrome and velocity
    Great for competition work and commercial
    Going on ten years with these three
    Stay away from stencils, paint by your reference pics
    Paint what you see
  5. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    Stencils that they sell SUCK. You can make your own from some heavy paper(FILE FOLDERS). Don't cut the paper but rip it to give a ruff edge, making negative and positive shapes. The stencils that are the whole side of a Bass, SUCK and don't help much. Use perinate markers, you can cut the tip to shape for the fine dots and spots on fish or poke random holes in the paper for spots and spray threw it.
  6. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Try some vine charcoal for your spots and patterns
    Looks awesome when softened
    ARUsher likes this.
  7. not just starting out been doing fish taxidermy for 40 years and I have diferent airbrushes ,Omni, badger, pashae just want a good airbrush for fine detail so I ready to drop some$ on some good ones.
  8. Ive got the Badger velocity it was a good brush when it works but half the time it dosent work it depends on what day I go out to use it, that brush drives me crazy, and I don't wanna hear I did not clean it right I tear them down after I use them and do a good soaking in laquer thinner, and iam really anal about cleaning my brushes even after putting a new needle in and the head assembly still had trouble, and iam not the only one whos had trouble with this brush
  9. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Are you using water base?
    If so throw it out
    Lacquer paint is so much easier to us
    I e only changed needle and o ring twice in ten years
    Water base paint and metal flakes will give you grief
    I use a old pashee to apply these , when I do
    I use allot of powders in these cases
    I e never known any one that had isssues with this air brush except when using water base paint
  10. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Also how thin is your paint
    Do you use retarder for certain colors
    Been doing fish for 42 years, and this brush is as good as they come
  11. Trapper2016

    Trapper2016 Thanks for this awesome forum!

    I enjoy painting reptile replicas and they often require a very detailed airbrush if the situation calls for it. I looked around quite a bit a few years back to try and find the best brush fro that job and I settled on the Iwata HP-B. I use a Paasche VL for bigger jobs. Frank is absolutely right about picking up a couple extra needles if you go with something like the HP-B that has a .2mm needle. I really like the brush and its user friendly in my opinion. Hope this helps

  12. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    My son Mike was very happy with Coast Airbrush Co.(Google them) Great prices and excellent customer relations which sometimes means more than the price. They will work with you and answer all of your questions.
  13. Thank you chris
  14. Thank you