By: J.R. Sharp – MiniatureModeler.com
I have been modeling off and on since I was a kid. Obviously back in the day, the only option to paint was to use the dreaded rattle can. When I was around 10, my father reentered the hobby and brought a new tool home, an airbrush. Through my teens and early 20’s, I left the hobby only to return, albeit sporadically around 4-5 years ago. One of the first items I purchased as a Paasche double-action airbrush. I was amazed at the amount of control that you were able to exert over paint, but I quickly outgrew this. My next purchase was an Iwata Eclipse, noticeably smoother and much easier to control…but I still struggled to gain control over the double action to emulate the amazing schemes I have seen in magazines and on web pages.
My fingers are rather long and the motion of a standard double-action airbrush is very difficult to precisely control. Lucky for me, I stumbled across a bright green booth while walking around Gencon 2011 and my modeling life was changed forever…
|The TG.3 fits very comfortably in even the largest of hands.|
If you are adapting from a traditional brush, it will take some time to get used to the new feel of the Grex, but once you do…you will find it a dream to work with. Grex also sells a side fed model, for those that look down the brush to “sight in” where their paint will go down.
|The needle stop screw with extra spray nozzle attached.|
TG.3 also comes with a GMAC as a purchasable option; or Grex Micro Air Control. The GMAC is a combination quick release and air control, mounted directly to the handle of the brush. This allows for precise air adjustments without reaching over to the regulator. While this may not have many applications in modeling, it is still a very handy feature to have to make small adjustments on the fly.
For those of you that have not had the pleasure of using this beauty, you are missing out. The action of the Grex is alarmingly smooth. It did not take me long to be able to do perfect circles, sign my name and all of the other cool things that you do when testing out a brush. I will say that the learning curve is about 1 -2 hours of use, just to get the muscle memory needed from the switch from standard to Grex. Lines are thin and sharp, gradients are amazingly subtle, but it is in the cleaning where the Grex totally outshines everything.
When I watch the accompanying DVD, I was amazed that the cleanup consisted of a simple flush, backflush, needle wipe and a final flush. No more complete teardowns at the end of a session! I have been following this procedure for 2 months and have had no difficulty with buildup or clogs. Another nice thing is with the paint cups being removable; you can get down into the paint path much easier for a good clean every time.
Another note on performance; throughout my evaluation time, I have had a number of questions as to the internals and operations with the brush. Grex has always been very prompt to respond with the answers I seek. These guys stand behind their product and do everything to ensure your satisfaction.
|A quick and easy spray show the Grex's results.|