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#1 CANicoll

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:07 PM

Fellow LSP'ers

 

I'm in the market for a possible replacement to my old Badger 180-1 compressor.  It works ok, but is kind of noisy.  What do you all use that you like, is quiet(er) and works well?

 

Thanks in advance!  

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:12 PM

Ive got a Bambi BB8 silent air- its great, but about around £300 in the UK. Would highly recommend it if you have the funds.



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:29 PM

Ouch!  I'll see if its available in the states, thanks!  Chris


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:47 PM

Get a bottle of gas

 

 

http://cs.finescale..../18/t/7055.aspx

 

now i know it was 2003 BUT

 

 

I use a C02 tank for airbrushing and I must say that I wish I had do it a long time ago before purchacing a compressor. I purchased a 30 lb tank at my local Carbon Dioxide Sales dealer for only $150.00(less than average hobby compresors in my area). The company set me up with the nessessary equipment such as the tank and line gauge and regulator; heck they even filled it for free too! There are many size tanks available depending on how much spraying you anticipate doing. A 30lb tank will hold enough compressed air to airbrush 15 to 20 1/72nd models before refilling for me. The air is clean and dry(no moisture trap needed), easy to regulate and best of all, it's completely silent with no eletricaly powered parts. Refills in my area for a 30lb tank costs me approx. $16.00 and its takes me around 2 years to use up a full tank...(IF) I'm really airbrushing alot. FSM did several articles and features on "Powering your Airbrush" covering the C02 tank option, thats how I came to use one today!


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:57 PM

Bog standard Chinese knock off from eBay, with an attached 3 litre tank. I think it's AF189.

Cheap, quiet, reliable, with water filter.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 05:31 PM

Thanks Tony and Dean.  I've thought about the CO2 angle, and do remember the FSM article actually.  Also still thinking about a compressor... Thanks for the suggestions.  Chris


On the bench:  1/32 Hobby Craft Sopwith Camel, 1/32 Italeri Sopwith Camel,  and (2) 1/72 Eduard Spitfires Mk.IXc

In the Case: Eduard 1/72 F6F-3 Hellcat, 1/28 Fokker DR I 'Red Baron',   Big Beautiful Doll  KH P-39 Snooks 2nd 1/48 Eduard P-39D Air A Cutie1/72 Academy Helldiver; 1/72nd Eduard Albatros DV;1/28 Revell Spad XIII1/32 Roden Fokker DR I

 

 


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 06:06 PM

I've got a Jun-Air - used it last 10 years - superb bit of kit that I fully expect to last my lifetime.

 

Not cheap though - mine was ex demo.

 

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:30 PM

If you're really looking for something quiet, you should throw an eye on oil compressors. Werther compressors for example are very good but any oil compressor should do the job. I got myself a Werther SilAir 20A last year and i'm very happy.

 

 

cheers Chris


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:50 PM

+1 for the Jun-Air, I picked one up second hand a couple of months ago and it is fantastic! Hardly notice when it is running!


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:46 PM

Hi Chris

When my old compressor bought the farm a few years ago, I went searching for a quality compressor. I decided on the Iwata Tubular Dual Piston compressor and by far it is the best compressor I have ever owned. Thee handle is the air tank and she is super smooth and very quiet. The tank is used more for smoothing out the air flow rather then a reservoir and just a wonderful system. I've had the Iwata now for I guess, close to three years an absolutely perfect. Highly recommended.

http://www.iwata-med...power-jet-plus/

 

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:50 PM

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:26 AM

Chris, Chris (2), Ian, Peter, Bill - Thanks!! I have LOTS to choose from.  I much prefer to buy when I know someone is happy with what they have and kind of like looking at photo tripods - there are actually hundreds to choose from!

 

Chris


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:32 AM

+1 for the Jun-Air, I picked one up second hand a couple of months ago and it is fantastic! Hardly notice when it is running!

 

Amazon has it.  FOR FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!  OMG


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On the bench:  1/32 Hobby Craft Sopwith Camel, 1/32 Italeri Sopwith Camel,  and (2) 1/72 Eduard Spitfires Mk.IXc

In the Case: Eduard 1/72 F6F-3 Hellcat, 1/28 Fokker DR I 'Red Baron',   Big Beautiful Doll  KH P-39 Snooks 2nd 1/48 Eduard P-39D Air A Cutie1/72 Academy Helldiver; 1/72nd Eduard Albatros DV;1/28 Revell Spad XIII1/32 Roden Fokker DR I

 

 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:34 AM

Yikes


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:59 AM

A compressor with tank and a timer work better than a silent one. Just set the time to refill for when you are away and only the neighbor will notice. Completely silent at all other times of the day.




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