Re: Airbrush Recommendation
I was in the same search as you are.
I bought a AC100 compressor second hand for 90 euro (new = 180 euro), and a new set of chinese airbrush pistols (Fengda) BD-130 + BD-140 for 21 euro (amazon action price). Total of 111 euro and I am happy with it.
The compressor AC100 (simair, sparmax, etc) is tankless, but it runs for hours without overheating and is silent. Wearing out this compressor is hard work.
The chinese airbrush pistols is available under different brand names but are all from the same factory. They are rebranded by stores. I bought these because at first you have to learn about maintenance, technique, thinners, etc. Abusing these pens does only cost you a few dollars or euro's if you did something wrong. Example: Replacing a Fengda needle = 3 euro. A Harder and Steenbeck needle = 15 euro. A Fengda nozzle = 4 euro, Harder and Steenbeck nozzle = 20 euro. When I get the hang of it, I'll buy a Harder and Steenbeck or Sparmax and that will cost me 150 euro but I know I won't destroy it in 1 week.
You can also buy a compressor of Fengda but then the compressor with tank is very handy = Airbrush Set Fengda FD-186K. The compressor is the same as the tankless Fengda. The Fengda compressor without tank are overheated in 20 minutes and shut off with a thermal protection function. Then you have to wait 30 minutes before you can switch it on again. The factory producing the ac100 (tankless) claim you can run it all day long without overheating and last night I used it 2 hours and the compressor did not complain at all. I did not noticed very hot surface. The FD-186 has a tank for buffering air so the compressor can rest from time to time preventing overheating.
If you want a cheaper aurbrush pistol of a well known quality factory: take a look at Sparmax sp-35 (if you can find them) or Harder and Steenbeck Ultra, both around 70 euro.
The Iwata eclipse seems to be a very good airbrush but prices are around 160 euro.
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