Monday, June 6, 2011

Airbrush: I'm sold

Earlier this year I bought myself a nice Iwata HP-CS airbrush and with spring around the corner, I made a spray booth as well. Did some test runs with my airbrush and I was sold right away. Now, I still have a lot to learn with this new aspect of my hobby, but I feel I got off to a pretty nice start. Nothing serious worth showing yet, but I've completely disassembled a ROTF Soundwave figure and primed all parts white. Yes, white, one of the most difficult colours to handle. Maybe because it isn't a colour at all, who knows.

Anyway, below is a pic of my spray booth, which was fairly easy to make, using one I found on the internet as an example (props to the dude who came up with this basic design!)

Made from a few MDF and plexiglass panels custom sawed at the hardware store, a couple of hinges, screws, glue and a bathroom fan and flexible hose to take care of the fumes. A patch of a kitchen hood filter to finish it off. All in all about $45-$50 I'd say. The fan isn't the most powerful out there, but it will suffice for now, since I'll mainly use my airbrush and acrylics, instead of spray paints and solvent based paints.


  1. I got a really nice airbrush for Christmas and haven't gotten around to using it! I'm kicking myself for not making time to play with it, I'm really excited about getting into customizing vehicles with it!

    Looking forward to what you get up to with such a great new weapon in your arsenal!

  2. Well, I've been testing it on an ROTF Soundwave and so far it's going pretty good! Got some really great pointers from the guy from the local modeling shop here. I'm also working on something really special, which I only feature on ProCustomizers and my FB page: a Bumblebee Mini Cooper reshell project. Already applied a couple of layers of white on it and again, pretty pleased with the results!