[WWI] Iwata HP-CH question
csavaglio at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 26 23:41:50 EDT 2005
I use an Iwata HP-C plus. It's pretty much the same, but doesn't have the
adjustable air. I think the air wouldn't be too helpful, since most likely
you can adjust the pressure at the compressor. I love it, and went from a
nice Gunze brush, which is just a rebadged version of the Iwata brushes.
Don't get any smaller than a .3mm nozzle size. Any smaller and the paint
dries and clogs the tip up too fast. The -C series are .3mm, with the A and
B's .2mm. My old Gunze was a .2mm. You can swap out needles and nozzles
later, for about 45 bucks total if you decide you need smaller.
With properly thinned acrylics, I can get a near pencil line pattern.
Pretty amazing. Even 72nd scale soft edged camo's are no problem, as well
as pre-shading, post shading, etc.
Get a tube of airbrush lube. It's like a semi thick lube you can put on the
moving parts of the airbrush. Put a drop on your finger and run the need
through it before you re-install it. It'll keep the paint from drying on
the tip, especially if you spray acrylics.
Keep the brush imaculately clean. A lot of q-tips and a set of the airbrush
specific, non-disposable pipe cleaners are a must. The cleaner you keep the
brush, the better it'll spray. I usually do a full break down on the
airbrush before starting a model, or at least before starting the final
finish. It doesn't take long once you know how to do it, maybe 10 or 15
minutes. I use laquer thinner since it takes off everything. Really, its a
good idea for every airbrush.
The difference between the plus and non plus brushes is the thread pitch on
the tips and nozzles. The plus's had a courser thread to make it more
durable. My old brush was the old pitch and I never had a problem breaking
off tips. It looks like Iwata is going toward everything being on the new
threads, so parts may be a problem in a few years with the old stuff.
The weight of a metal brush may get tiring, but I like the balance. I tried
an Aztec, and aside from other issues with it, it had no weight and I had a
hard time with it. Besides, it's not like we have the airbrush out for more
than a few minutes at a time anyhow.
Hope this helps.
>From: ot811 <ot811 at msbx.net>
>Reply-To: World War I Modeling Mailing List <wwi at wwi-models.org>
>To: <wwi at wwi-models.org>
>Subject: [WWI] Iwata HP-CH question
>Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 23:28:17 -0400
>Do list folks have any experience with the Iwata Hi-Line HP-CH airbrush ?
>It is a bit pricey but seems to certain features that I find very
> - a top feed cup
> - dual-action that can be converted to single-action by adjusting a
>I saw this brush at the Nats, and it seems to have a good balance and heft,
>(same as with the Eclipse that Greg let me use)
>Are there any disadvantages of which I should be aware
>Is the brush easy to clean, eg, in comparison to a Passche H
>The brush has a fine air-regulator adjustment knob - any opinion about how
>useful this is to us modellers ?
>Any feedback will be highly appreciated
>thanks in advance
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