Posted 25 November 2010 - 08:47 PM
Unless otherwise indicated, Iwatas don't come with a hose. You can either buy an Iwata hose or get a Paasche hose and use an Iwata-Paasche hose adapter. Compressors are rated for their max output. That's 10-15 psi more than the constant operating pressure they maintain after you press the trigger on your airbrush. You may shoot at lower pressures but most guys like to have 30-45 psi operating pressure available for shooting color undercoats, thick pearls, and flakes - so JMHO, I wouldn't buy a compressor that advertises less than 60 psi max pressure. Tool compressors typically have 100+ psi, so they are a popular and inexpensive choice. You'll need a pressure regulator and a moisture trap between the compressor and the airbrush. I find it easier to buy the components, then go to a home center and get the adapter fittings needed to connect everything together. Add PTFE (aka Teflon) plumbers tape to all connections.
Createx is the "standard" for airbrush paint - sold more places than any other. It's good stuff, shoots well and is consistent. The Createx color palette is not designed for nature painting like some other brands. You can custom mix Createx to suit or you can buy other brands for specific colors. I mix and match brands with no problem - it's all acrylic water based paint. Other guys prefer to mix their own intermediate shades.
There are other "tools and tricks" guys use with airbrushes: scale netting, paint templates, thinning agents, etc. Get some airbrush cleaning solution and the smallest set of cleaning brushes you can find when you order your supplies. Clean airbrushes work and are fun to use. Clogged brushes are a giant pain in the neck.