Basics OF Airbrushing Page 2 Basics of Airbrushing

2 Understanding the terminology I may be a bit biased in saying airbrushing isn't difficult. My father was an auto body repairman with decades of painting experience, and I grew up watching him paint vehicles. Some of my early paint jobs didn't turn out that well, and I ruined a few models along the way. Instead of getting frustrated by mistakes, I kept airbrushing, asking questions, and adapting my techniques. It's been 14 years since I first picked up an airbrush, and I'm still learning new tips and tricks. Choosing an airbrush that's right for you is a matter of personal preference, but you should select one that you can grip comfortably and easily reach the controls. Painting sessions take time, and they can seem much longer if you have an airbrush that isn't a good fit. There are two types of airbrushes: single-action ( fig. 1 ) and double-action ( fig. 2 ). A single-action airbrush allows you to control the volume of air passing through the brush with the trigger. A double-action airbrush lets you regulate both the air and paint Structures, freight cars, and locomotives are just some of the things that can be painted with an airbrush. Cody Grivno shares some basic painting techniques that will help you get started. Fig. 1 Single-action airbrush. With this style of brush, the air flow draws the paint up from the color cup (or bottle) into the angled paint nozzle. The knurled nozzle adjusts paint volume, and the button on the top controls the air flow. Fig. 2 Double-action airbrush. On a double-action airbrush the air flow is controlled by pushing the trigger down; the paint flow is controlled by pulling the button back. The paint flows into the body of the airbrush from a gravity-feed cup. FineScale Modeler photo Fig. 3 The Hybrid airbrush is a single-action airbrush with internal mixing. The brush has the longitudinal needle found on double-action brushes, but the paint volume is controlled by turning the knurled knob on the end of the needle instead of with the trigger. FineScale Modeler photo

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