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Tip: I realize that buying an air compressor just for models is expensive, especially when you may have a larger one in the garage for general automotive work. If you do, here's a way to move some of that air into the hobby room to power your airbrush.

I bought a five-gallon air tank from Kmart -the tire-inflation type. I removed the hose supplied with the tank and added a cheap filter/regulator using small brass nipples and "quick connect" couplers. You can add any length of air hose you want.

Now I can go to the garage and fill the tank with up to 125 pounds of compressed air. When the tank is full, I just carry it into the house and I'm ready to go, using the regulator to adjust the air flow and trapping moisture with the filter. If you don't have an air compressor, you can fill the tank at a gas station.

It's also nice to have an air supply to dry off models after washing and before paint - the air will get into places you can't reach with a paper towel, and there's no problem with lint. I hope this tip comes in handy for others.

- Pat Wilkins
Gardener, Massachusetts


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