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My first set-up was in an apartment. I used an 80 cu. ft. bottle of compressed nitrogen.  Clean, dry, easy precision regulation and no noise at all.  I've stayed with the compressed gas since moving to a house.  Welding or medical supply companies sell it and will deliver full bottles to change out.   

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It depends on your living/ modeling accommodations.  If you live where you have space and the noise will not bother others, here in the USA Home Improvement (DIY Stores) sell inexpensive portable air compressors with integral air tanks.  Air tanks are usually 2-5 gallons.  Maximum pressure is usually about 125psi.  These compressors are fitted with pressure switches that turn the compressor on and off to keep the tank full. Mine also has a regulator that allows you to “dial in” the pressure that you need.  Air brushes usually operate at 25-35psi.  These are usually “store brands”; made in China and labeled with the store’s trademark.  Mine cost about $100 US.  Most airbrush brands sell adaptors to connect the airbrush hose to a standard compressor outlet size.  See what your DIY store offers.

 

Roger

 

 

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I can thoroughly recommend this compressor from a totally reliable specialist supplier. It is very well constructed, quiet and very reliable. I have had a Sparmax compressor for many years and would not consider anything else.

 

https://www.everythingairbrush.com/product/sparmax-professional-mini-piston-airbrush-compressor-2-5-litre-air-tank/

 

Chris

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I use a single stage Pasche airbrush and a portable air compressor on wheels that I bought at Home Depot for $150 . Then I use a regulator with quick disconnect fittings on the regulator and airbrush. That way I can connect the compressor to the regulator and connect the airbrush.

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