NEO/Iwata CN Airbrush
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One of the major points I try to tell
people when the "I wanna airbrush,
what airbrush should I get?"-question
pops up is that the cheap ones you
see for €50 seldom is a good choice
since you run the risk of getting a lemon.
And once you bend a needle or loose
a seal you have to get a new one instead
of just replacing a part. (Yes, I know there
are some knockoffs that have their lineage
mapped. But meh)
The problem is that you then have to get
yourself a €90-150 airbrush just to have
warranty and ready access to replacement parts.
Until a couple of months ago when the Neo
(let's just call it Neo from now on even though
it's an Neo for Iwata) arrived on the scene.
Built in Korea apparently, but with Iwata
specs, which kinda makes it a less quality
Now, I'm a Harder & Steeenbeeekk user.
So I'm not really up to spec with how Iwata
airbrushes work. But I needed another airbrush
for spraying on primer, varnishes and general
basecoating. The 0.15 nozzle on the Infinity
just doesn't let through enough paint and Im
too lazy to change needle every now and then.
Perfect excuse for getting myself a Neo!
Built in Korea or whatever. 0.35mm nozzle
(more on that later), exchangeable cups on the CN
version. Double action.
Read more over at Iwata/Medea.
The Neo really screams
"I'm a budget airbrush!"
when you see the packaging. No fancy (fake)
brushed aluminium presentation case.
It even has a hole for a hanger!
In the box there is a small paint cup and
a tool for removing the nozzle.
Out of the packaging it's, to my surprise,
looking just like any other airbrush out there.
So let's take it apart!
If you look carefully you can see my ugly
mug on the paint cup lid! I opted not to
remove the nozzle since it needed a tool
(included) and other reviews said that it
was fitted in the workshop and shouldn't be
removed unless you really need to.
Knowing me I would break it if I tried,
so I left it alone.
One thing that I really liked was that
the paint cups have their o-rings on the
cups instead of on the airbrush body, like the
H&S. This means that there will be less gunk
to clean out of the o-rings, and hopefully less
replacing of o-rings that have gone bad.
After re-assembling the airbrush I sprayed
some cleaner through it and loaded it up
with some VMA Black Primer. I wont show
you the results, but the 0.35mm nozzle
produces about the same width lines as
the 0.2mm nozzle on my H&S Infinity.
The 0.15mm nozzle on my Infinity makes
thinner lines (of course) but not that much
thinner. Which kinda makes the Neo perfect
for any beginner out there. It should be able
to handle everything but the smallest of small details.
I'll get back to the Neo in a week or two when
I have put it through it's paces. Since I have
a bunch of Necron flyers to paint I guess that
will be the real test for the Neo. :)
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