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Airbrush Triple Treat Comparison

This is a cross section feature/review of three top quality airbrushes. This review is quite a bit more than what you are used to seeing. It not only gives you the lowdown on the individual brushes, it goes the extra step and compares the three brushes against each other.

Three brushes one review, lots of information. This review will attempt to give you enough information to purchase the correct air brush for you. Each brush will be reviewed for its own unique qualities. As a cross sectional view of the brushes they will be compared and contrasted among themselves.
Take your time read the whole review, check out the images, and check out the videos. There will be a lot of information on all of these brushes: if you're going to invest in your tools know what you are investing in. This review will be broken down into short segments that will make it easier to glean the pertinent information. Look for the headers for what will come next, know that there is a similar section for each brush.
Cast of Brushes
This review will cover in Alphabetic order by manufacturer:
  • Iwata - Revolution BR
  • Paasche - Talon
  • Premi-Air - G35
Iwata - Revolution
The revolution is Iwata's entry-level airbrush. To quote Iwata "Iwata airbrushes are world-renowned for unsurpassed performance and control." The Revolution BR has a sleek ergonomic handle design. It has been desgned with internal Teflon™ needle packing for use with solvent-based paints. In an effort to increase durability the nozzles are made of machined steel alloy, not brass. The spray range is from "broad" to "fine detail" with one size nozzle. The cup size is 1.8ml (1/16oz). The nozzle is .3mm. The billing claims hairline to 20mm (3/4 inch).
This brush is billed to be easy enough for beginners and high enough quality for professionals.
Paasche - Talon
The Talon is a new airbrush for Paasche for 2008. To quote Paasche, "The Talon was designed to be a high-end airbrush for detail and control." This brush was resigned to allow for a smoother trigger and better durability. It is targeted at the hobbyist right up through professionals. This Talons nozzle is made of nickel silver at .38mm. At that size nozzle, they claim to get hairline to 38mm (1.5 inch.) The cup is large , at .4 oz (approx 11.8 ml), for big batches or spill control. You'll notice the cutout handle for quick adjustments.
Premi-Air - G35
The G35 is made by Premi-Air; the Airbrush Company's own brand. They are dedicated to the airbrush industry so much that they make their own. The Airbrush Company has been around for 60 years and started the Premi-Air brand around five years ago while looking to expand their customer base. The G35 is engineered for top quality, good performance, and good longevity: all at an economical price. This brush has a .35mm nozzle and a 3cc gravity cup. The claim is for fine lines.

These three brushes are all marketed about the same. They are targeted at the same user base. They are all basically the same overall brushes: gravity feed, dual action, internal mix brushes.
First Impressions - In the Box
First impressions can never be taken back. When you open the package the postman brings that’s when ideas are formed. Overall each is well packaged, all very professional and well done.
The Paasche comes in a cardboard box with foam packing keeping the Talon safe through all kinds of shipping. It can also serve as a storage box if required. I would probably use a hinged box or a two part box for storage if required. Note: I did not get the kit version of this brush, just the basic brush.
The Premi-Air comes in a hinged snap lock plastic box with form fitted solid dense foam 'holder'. I would use this for storage when not using the brush.
The Iwata comes in almost a jewelry quality hinged plastic box. Inside is a form fitted solid dense foam 'holder'. This box will serve as a solid storage place.
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I modeled when I was a teenager. College, family and work stopped me for a while. Then I picked it back up after about 12 years off. My main focus is dioramas. I like the complete artistic method of story telling. Dioramas involve so many aspects of modeling and I enjoy getting involved in the ...