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has proved to be nearly clog free over a long test cycle with all of the more com- mon model paints currently available to the hobbyist. Testors’ Pla, Model Master, Floquil, Polly Scale, Scalecoat and Scalecoat II paints were used throughout with satisfactory results. Most were sprayed directly from the jar without thinning. Those that need- ed thinning only required a few drops of thinner. Heretofore one of the main draw


backs of double-action airbrushes was their need for almost surgical cleanli- ness. The Eclipse airbrush seems to be more forgiving of paint buildup while being easily cleaned with a minimum of disassembly. Usually colors can be changed after running a bit of thinner through the brush, and a light cleaning with a wipe down of the needle after painting seems to be all that is needed to keep the airbrush working properly. By adjusting air pressure, paint and


the paint flow, paint lines of ¹/₁₆ of an inch increasing up to a two inch spray are possible with the stock Eclipse. This allows the tool to be much more than simply a small spray gun and al- lows the user to use the airbrush to add shading as well as other advanced finishing techniques to their models. This is evident on one of the demon- stration projects that was used to put


the airbrush through its paces. The O scale Campbell Scale Models Ware- house kit was finished entirely using the Eclipse HP-CS airbrush. Every type of application technique was used on this model, beginning with applying an overall coat of primer, staining the wood platform, adding the two-tone finish coat, to finally shading and weathering. By adding two additional Iwata after market accessories, the External Mac Valve and the Triple Action Handle, further fine adjustments can be made while the brush is in use that do not re- quire any disassembly. The Mac Valve is an inline bleeder valve that lets the user adjust air pressure at the brush. The Triple Action Handle allows the user to change the needle settings without the need to remove the needle cover and manually reset the needle’s position. Both additions really boost the versatility of the off the shelf Eclipse airbrush. The Iwata Eclipse double-action air-


brush is a well thought out, easy to use and versatile tool that should be con- sidered by any modeler who is looking to enhance their models as well as their enjoyment of the hobby. The Eclipse AP-CS is priced at $229.95 and accessories Triple Actions Handle and Mac Valve are separately priced at $30.95.—GEORGE RILEY


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