Apparently the latest offering from Paasche, I have been using this airbrush for the last several months at the time of this writing and overall have been quite pleased with the results. Basically got it to supplement my Paasche H which has been my workhorse for a number of years. My original intent was to continue to use the H for base coats and the Talon for fine detailing work... however the Talon has worked out so well that it has in effect become my go to primary airbrush even in situations with my modeling where I might need the paint gun approach such as spraying a coat of primer.
Probably the biggest selling point specifically for the Talon is that for a double action it is so easy to take apart and clean... at least once the user finds some instruction online on how to do it. More on this in a moment. I used to own a Badger 150, and the Talon is much easier to live with in this regard. I have also found adjustment of the stops to likewise be easy and without issue. General feel of the Talon is very good... it feels solid and doesn't in anyway feel cheap. Finally, appearance wise this brush is definitely striking... the anodized gold handle and engraved eagle on the cup really add a nice touch. Beyond that it is what one would expect from a gravity fed dual action brush... lower pressures and a finer spray pattern.
HOWEVER this brush isn't without it's faults unfortunately. Everything you may have heard about the gritty and sticky trigger is true. The reason for this is due to casting flash in the main barrel of the brush. Apparently Paasche felt the need to cut a corner here during manufacturing... which really is a shame considering that this isn't exactly an inexpensive tool. Fortunately this is easy enough to address and clean up with a microfile and some sanding grit. Basically look into the barrel of the airbrush and look for the flashing around the opening, and keep removing the excess metal until the trigger mechanism feels smooth. Should only take about 5 - 10 minutes tops to do.
Also the paperwork that comes with the kit are almost worthless. There are no real instructions or a diagram on how to disassemble and reassemble this brush, meaning if the user isn't already familiar with this particular brush, it means having to go online like I did and finding a video of someone going through the steps. Fortunately there are at least a couple of good YouTube videos available for this. Also the booklet on learning how to airbrush is likewise really poorly put together. Mine looks like it had been run through a Xerox machine on a bad day, and really offers little beyond some basic exercises like spraying lines and dots of various sizes and shading some basic geometric shapes. Would it really have been that difficult for Paasche to put together something a little more professional in this regard?
Regardless of these issues I still feel that the Talon was a worthwhile purchase and have overall been very happy with the results it has been producing so far. Would definitely put this one on the list of brushes to consider.
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