Captain Slog Posted May 4, 2013 Share #1 Posted May 4, 2013 Hi All, I decided I needed an airbrush a few months ago when I got Photo etch parts for my Bismarck as I doubted I could brush paint the tiny parts to a satisfactory level. I had a look around and found that the iwata range of brushes were well regarded and used a lot in auto custom work and vaguely remembered an iwata air brush review in MSW 1.0. There is also a link to a UK company selling iwata’s on the home page of this site. I did start a thread earlier in this section asking about any experiences of buying from http://www.airbrushmegastore.com/ here in Australia but decided to give them a try as searching through airbrush forums found them mentioned a few times with good comments. Their price was approx A$100 cheaper than another mail order company and a local place I found. I decided to get the HP-C Plus which was a balance between performance and price and appears to be a popular model. I think it falls somewhere in the middle of the iwata range between the hobbyist models and the ridiculously expensive professional range. I placed my order on the Sunday night and it arrived first thing on Thursday morning so first impressions are good. In the box I received the airbrush, an instructional DVD, which gives a lecture on painting the wolf on the cover and an airbrushmegastore sticker. I started watching the video and is really good. The artist does custom auto work and explains his actions in detail as well as using the same AB I bought. Slipping the airbrush box out of its cardboard sleeve reveals a nice hard plastic box which shuts firmly and securely. The instructions are also included in the sleeve and to be honest are pretty useless. Mostly in Japanese with English translation. The exploded view of the parts list is useful but the line diagrams and few text is pretty average. I have watched several YOUTUBE videos about using, stripping and cleaning this model so no issues about the instructions Now the exciting part, opening the box! There is of course the airbrush, the paint cup lid and a little spanner for removing the nozzle. Also included is a test in the lid which I will show further down. A close up showing the quality of the chrome and the make and model engraving on the body. The look, feel and weightyness of the body adds to the impression of quality. The airbrush is dual action so pressing down on the trigger starts the air flow and pulling back starts the paint. Both actions felt very smooth and controllable. The more you press and pull back the more air and paint respectively comes out. The knurled knob at the rear is to adjust the paint preset stop. It works by limiting how far back you can pull the lever for paint. If you were doing fine work it would prevent you inadvertently pulling the trigger back to much and getting too much paint on the work piece. With experience and control this probably isn’t needed and some videos I have seen of professions remove the whole assembly as they can control the amount of paint on the trigger alone. This airbrush comes set up with a 0.3mm needle and nozzle which can spray from pencil line thickness to 25mm straight out the box. I believe you could change the needle and nozzle for other sizes but 0.3mm seems a good balance. The HP-C Plus is gravity fed and has a 9ml (1/3 fluid ounce) and again the quality of the chrome is so nice. When I was looking around for a brush I thought 9ml didn’t sound like much but when you see it physically the cup is larger than I imagined it to be. Here is the test card that came in the lid of the box. This is the factory test card for my very airbrush. Apparently someone does a test spray of each airbrush and includes the result along with the airbrush. So potentially I should be able to able to achieve the same result. ON first glance it appears to spray nicely. Time will tell. Not used to using an airbrush so will take some time to be comfortable using it but feels comfortable to hold and has a nice weight and feel to it Lastly I couldn’t resist getting a genuine iwata bottle opener keychain also I was going to do a run down on using it for the first time etc but unfortunately for some reason I thought it came with a hose. I double checked the website and nope doesn’t come with a hose. I don’t know how I missed that. I have 3 options. I searched locally and assuming they are in stock I can go to one shop to get a Paashe hose and another shop for an iwata to Paashe hose adapter. Running about plus the combined price is more than ordering it from the address above. I actually found an iwata supplier 5mins drive from my house but they list airbrushes (A$100 dealer for my model) but they don’t list hoses and aren’t open until Monday. Thirdly do what I am going to do and order a genuine iwata hose from the same place I got the AB and wait a few more days. Hopefully next weekend I can get some paint through it. Will let you know how it goes. Cheers Slog Landlubber Mike and SaltyNinja 2 Quote _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ HM Bark Endeavour (First Wood, On Hold) Borodino (1:200 Card, Current Build) Admiral Nakhimov (card 1/200) Mazur D-350 Artillery Tractor (1:25 Card) F-8 Crusader (1:48 Aircraft, Plastic) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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