. . . Airbrushes 101 & Airbrushing Acrylics with Them-Help Wanted, IL RPM Chicagoland October 20–22, 2016 at Lisle

Bill Welch

I am planning two Airbrush & Acrylic Paint events for "RPM Chicagoland" at Lisle, IL October 20–22, 2016 and will possibly need some HELP for PART TWO to be successful. Please read next-to-last paragraph to see if you can help.

1.) "Internal Mix Double Action Airbrushes 101 & Airbrushing Acrylics with Them" will be a traditional type clinic with the lights lowered and visuals presented. The first half will be an explanation of Internal Mix Double Action Airbrushes, an explanation of why they may be the best choice for spraying Acrylic paint and a survey of six ABs:

Badger 155 "Anthem"

Badger 105 "Patriot"

Passche "Talon"

GREX "Tritium" TG

Harder & Steenbeck "Infinity"

Iwata "HP-C Plus"

I will also mention three good quality inexpensive Chinese "ABEST" ABs for those on a budget. Accessories like compressors, hoses, and Quick Disconnects will be addressed.

The second half of this will be about how to be successful Airbrushing Acrylics. A Downloadable Handout with links to various resources will be provided covering both halves.

2.) "LIVE FIRE" This separate event is limited to 48 people and will allow participants to spray Badger's "Modelflex" Acrylic Paint with one of four ABs: Badger 155 "Anthem"; Badger 105 "Patriot"; Passche "Talon";  and GREX "Tritium" TG. Cardboard will provide some practice before moving on to an unpainted Box Car Body provided by Accurail. People will be able to signup for this part beginning on Thursday afternoon on October 20, 2016 with some slots held back for Saturday arrivals. There will be a two and one-half hour time block for this activity on Saturday afternoon with each painter allowed ten minutes. Each painter will have a Coach to help them.


This is the third time I have done this with Cocoa Beach and Collinsville, IL proving to be both successful and educational I think. For me the best moments were seeing three dads sitting with their teenage sons and all of them getting experience spraying Acrylics.

With the "Live Fire" event I have four excellent experienced Coaches lined up to help each painter. However "just-in-case" one of them cannot make it to Lisle I would like to have one or two back-up volunteers that can step in. If you can volunteer to be a "Back-up Coach," please contact me offline (fgexbill(at)tampabay.rr.com). Qualifications include being an experienced air brusher, ideally with Internal Mix Double Action Airbrushes and preferably experienced with Acrylics.

Thank you for giving this your attention and consideration.

Bill Welch

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