So the search began in earnest after an offer of a early christmas present from my good lady,a few phone calls determined that there were two basic models on offer by the specialists ( I dont doubt that there are many more out there ?) the long established Badger with its all metal heavy feel body,overhead cup and single action with a rear line adjuster,the copetitor is the Testors Aztec with state of the art multiple nozzles,self cleaning no hassle cleaning cup and a 'no fiddle' non dismantling body which provided it is cleaned should give no problems. The metal Badger appealed to me so after exchanging pound notes my precious new air brush was quickly pressed into action,good job that I checked a few requirements in the respective shop as the purchase of a seperate airline and brass adaptor for attaching to my trusty compressor was necessary. The instrument is ergonimically well designed with a thumb/forefinger grip that may feel a bit alian at first,but you soon get used to the sensitive air valve arrangement as it purrs into action,the manufacturers suggest that your first attempts be made with water based paints so I filled the cup with Tamiya acrylic paint thinned down to the consistancy of milk,with a paint hack in front of me I tried for a swath of colour to cover a fairly large area,you need to get used to the distance from the object but this soon comes with some practise,the handbook suggests crosses and dots at first seeing how fine you can go,sure enough as I adjusted the rear screw thread the instrument responed beautifully with a series of fine lines,no problems there,so I then simulated a typical Luftwaffe camouflage on an old Me.163 model that looked most effective as the colours blended nicely. Next it was time for the enamel paint treatment and a small batch of colours were prepared starting with white,then yellow and the ever difficult red shades. Once again a series of broader strokes were applied to the model with a steady build up of colour ( remember that old adage 'two thin coats are better than one thick coat') well that is certainly true with an air brush,go for thinly dusted coats at first,then progress to a steady build up as the paint grabs the last one,I usually pause after spraying and allow a tack off of the paint,then apply another coat quickly and allow to dry out overnight,check the next day for any flaws and blend out with fine grit wet and dry paper. I have to say that the improvements over the old studio model were apparent straight away,the Badger felt as if it had a definate pedigree and was to prove a most capable instrument with plenty of practise once again. My respective marks are as follows after a weeks operation of different spraying tasks (out of 10) - The feel and looks of the Badger-8 Easy to clean ability-6 Adjustment settings-8 Value for money-6 Quality-8 Ease of use-5 Availability of spares-9 Adaptability of different types of paint-8 The spares availabity glows as the Badger is a popular choice in industry with graphic artists and craftsment,a good test before you buy any air brush is to test the spares availability first,some are not good at all with poor back up,little known models with limited sales are the usual culprits,you will eventually need spare needles and certainly seals to keep your air brush serviceable.