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The Sparmax Flyer – The future…today!

New from Sparmax and available from, and perfect for beginners who are looking for that bit extra. The futuristic new Sparmax Flyer is an innovative and simple to use external mix airbrush ideal for beginners where simplicity, rapid colour changes or ease of cleaning are an advantage. With a 0.4mm nozzle and 15ml bottle, the Flyer is best […]


Operating at a super-quiet level is a hallmark of the new Sparmax Beetle Compressor, now available from With its simple and sleek appearance, the Beetle compressor is compact and light, yet powerful for its size. The unit is pressure adjustable and incorporates the latest user-friendly feature from Sparmax, the patented Smart Stop. The Beetle’s […]

Sparmax – 40 years development

Sparmax have been at the forefront of the design and manufacture of airbrush compressors, airbrushes and related accessories for 40 years, providing quality, industry-leading products. Their patented airbrush cleaning pot is one of the most popular cleaning pots in the world and Sparmax airbrush compressors are maintenance free, lightweight and extremely quiet in addition to […]

Research before you buy – choosing the right airbrush compressor

If you’re thinking of buying an airbrush compressor, there are a few things you should consider to avoid common errors. There are loads of airbrush compressor review sites on the Internet, but you really should read airbrush compressor buyers guides first. There are many types of compressors, and you should choose the one that best suits […]

Iwata airbrushes – byword for excellence

From the ultimate Kustom series to the entry level Revolution series, the Iwata airbrush range offers high quality and performance for the beginner through to the seasoned professional. Iwata airbrushes are considered to set the standard by which other airbrushes are measured. The Iwata company say this is proved by the impressive roster of elite […]

Mr Hobby – the essential range for any serious modeller.

Mr Hobby products are recognised the world over as some of the best for crafters and modellers alike. They include a range of airbrushes and craft accessories and an even more impressive range of paints. Gunze Sangyo, now known as GSI Creos, is the Japanese company behind the excellent Mr Hobby products, but modelling materials […]

Harder & Steenbeck Airbrushes

German manufacturers Harder & Steenbeck produce a comprehensive range of premium quality airbrushes based around their superb “drop-in” nozzle design, which allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. From the entry level Ultra airbrush to the top of the range Infinity CRPlus, there is an airbrush in Harder & Steenbeck’s comprehensive range of airbrushes to suit […]

Innovative airbrush compressor technology from Sparmax.

The company Sparmax was founded in Taiwan in 1978 and was one of the first manufacturers to design and build oil-less mini air compressors specifically for the airbrush market. With numerous patented designs under their belt, Sparmax have been at the forefront of designing and manufacturing compressors, airbrushes and related accessories for nearly 40 years, […]

Fine detail work in scale modelling.

What’s the trick to painting really fine freehand details like borders, lettering or the smaller components of model kits? Aside from a steady hand and a good eye, here are a few ideas used by professional and hobby modellers when painting detail. First up, use really small brushes like an 18/0, with a thinner mix […]

Getting stuck into modelling adhesives.

Adhesives aren’t as simple as they used to be. Good old basic glue has developed greatly and hobby enthusiasts, especially modellers, will use a varied range of adhesives according to the materials they are working with. These days there is an adhesive for every kind of task and stock a range of adhesives and […]