Revolution HP-CR Airbrush - Here's our advice...buy the
Iwata Revolution CR, Dual Action Airbrush for around $70. I would
estimate that about 80% of the tackle making community uses this
airbrush, and they all love it. Simply put, it's a great brush,
from a leading brand, at an affordable price.
What's the Difference in Models?
The CR model of the Iwata Revoluion is the "gravity feed"
version where the paint is added to a fixed cup on top of the brush
(see image). If you do research or product comparisons, you'll also
hear people talking about the BCR, BR, Bottom-Feed, or Siphon-Feed
version that includes exchangable cups below the brush that hold
the paint...and you'll start wondering if you should buy that version
because some people say it's faster to change out paint colors and
clean. Ignore those comments. The difference in time to change out
paints is a few seconds, and if you've never used a bottom-feed
airbrush, you won't notice any difference anyway. The time and difficulty
to clean is about the same on both, so in our opinion, that's not
really a factor either.
So why the CR version?
The advantage with the CR version is that paint naturally falls
into the spraying mechanism from above, so you don't need as much
air pressure to spray the paint. This means you'll use less paint,
have more control, and ultimately create a better finish on your
What About an Air Compressor?
If you're also planning on powering tools like a nail gun with your
air compressor, you'll want to buy a compressor with a tank (you
can get great deals on refurbished ones like the
Porter Cable C2006 from
If you're not planning on using your compressor for anything except
airbrushing, pick up the
Paasche D500 Air Compressor which
is strictly designed for use with an airbrush. If you're not ready
to spend that much on a compressor, you can also buy compressed
air in a can at your local craft shop (A.C. Moore, Michaels, etc.)
along with a $5 attachment that connects it to a hose for your airbrush.
Also...if you can hold out until Christmas, Home Depot usually throws
a 2 gallon Husky compressor on sale for around $60. Wal-mart also
has good prices on compressors. Wherever you buy it, the key is
to get one that produces at least 40 psi and includes a valve to
adjust the air pressure up or down (note: airbrush-specific compressors
like the Paasche one mentioned earlier may not need the adjustment
valve). Lastly, avoid buying inexpensive mattress or tire pumps
to power your airbrush...they won't work well.
What about the other brands like Badger, Testor, Precision
You truly get what you pay for when it comes to airbrushes. This
is especially true for lure makers, who have very specific uses
for their airbrushes. We need them to do everything from base coating
to adding pinpoint details on a speckled trout pattern, and not
every airbrush can satisfy this range of purposes. Paasche and Badger
also make good airbrushes, with good reputations among model-builders
and fabric painting hobbyists, but Iwata is a better overall fit
for the purposes of painting fishing tackle. The quality is superb,
the durability is excellent, and the versatility is a perfect match
for lure making.
Where should I buy this?
If you browse the online message boards, everyone will recommend
that you buy the Iwata HP-CR from Blick
Art Materials (a.k.a.
Dick Blick). They easily have the best price on this airbrush. To
avoid confusion, the links below will take you to the exact page
on their site where you can purchase the CR model we're recommending.
to Get the Best Price: Blick
Art Materials (they're
MUCH cheeper than other stores)
to Exact Product:
Iwata Revolution CR Series Airbrushes
Tip : If you're buying from Blick Art Materials, make sure
you put the model named "CR, Dual Action Airbrush" in
your shopping cart. If you're getting the CR airbrush, we also recommend
picking up the
Iwata Table-Top Cleaning Station
to help with cleaning the brush during and after use. It will keep
the paint fumes and cleaning vapors down in your shop and it's easy
to use. Just fill the cup with water and spray through when you
want to clean your airbrush