Iwata Hi-Line HP-BC Plus
|Suggested Retail Price:
|Paint feed System:
||~0.15 mm to
||varies depending on bottle
||< 100 psi
|Standard Tip Size:
|Optional Tip Size:
- Great at wide range of applications
- Perfect for experienced users who want a siphon feed airbrush
It's a step up from the Eclipse BCS. You should be able to get finer details out of the HP-BC Plus.
- Perfect for people who use lots of different stock colors.
Purchase different bottles, then use one color per bottle plus an extra bottle for your cleaning solution
- It's not very economical with paint.
- Very quick standard cleaning.
Here's the link to the standard color change rinse for siphon feed airbrushes.
- Pistol Grip Moisture Filter
- Table Top Cleaning Station
- Crown Cap
- External Micro Air Control Valve
- You can spray any amount of paint you want
Well, let me rephrase that, you can spray any amount of paint you
want as long as it's more than roughly 2 mL. Otherwise it's like
sucking the last bit of soda out of the cup, it doesn't quite work.
Otherwise though, you can spray 2, 3, or even 4 ounces of paint
by simply attaching a bigger bottle.
- Cut-away, pre-set handle
cut away lets you clean out your airbrush quicker. The preset
let's you limit the amount of trigger pull you can have. The
preset is quite useful when you have to do the same stroke over and
over and over and over.
- Teflon Needle Packing Set
This has an upside and a down side. On the upside Teflon
doesn't melt in solvents. Basically the o-ring lasts and
lasts even when you spray automotive urethanes. On the
downside though, Teflon doesn't compress very well. This
means that you don't have a lot of control over how much "grip" the
airbrush exerts on the needle as it passes through this o-ring.
Most people don't notice or care, but you can switch over to
the older "solvent-resistant" o-rings if you'd like.
- Glass Bottle
plastic bottles are okay. They're cheap. They get the job
done. But then there's working with glass. Glass won't melt
in solvents. Seriously, you have to use Hydrofluoric acid to even
etch glass--and HF is some really, really nasty stuff. You can
also use your dishwasher to clean them.
- Workhorse Airbrush
The HP-BC Plus is a great workhorse airbrush. It really does
everything well. It's predecessor's design, the HP-BC1, helped
launch the Eclipse BCS into one of the more popular airbrushes Iwata
has to offer.
- Intermediate Airbrush
Everybody looks for beginner and professional airbrushes. The
HP-BC Plus is a perfect intermediate/professional airbrush. I see it
as a step up from the Eclipse BCS in terms of detail and equipment
quality, but it will never be the ultimate detail airbrush simply
because it's not a gravity feed airbrush.
bottles, and cups. You can fit out the HP-BC Plus with as many bottles as
you'd like. In fact, more is generally better (except when it
comes to cleaning day). There's even an open air cup that
attaches as if it were a bottle. Don't let anyone tell you that
cup makes the BC+ a gravity feed airbrush, but it does let you do
custom paint mixing right in the cup.
- Pressurized Paint Feed Systems
have the option to use a pressurized paint feed system with any siphon
feed airbrush. However, I'd strongly recommend against it.
They have a habit of "popping" off the airbrush and spewing paint
everywhere when you least want it to.
These Cleaning Guides links are specifically the ones you need to clean
this particular airbrush.
EVERYBODY has to deal with tip dry if they use airbrushes.
one of my favorite methods to eliminate tip dry is to use a slow
reducer (the paint won't dry as quickly and therefore won't stick to
needle as much. Otherwise you'll need to check out the How to
Remove Tip Dry methods in the cleaning guide section.
you take the needle cap off to try and get finer details you WILL bend
your needle tip at some point. I usually suggest a Crown Cap.
Then you can still get the detail but your needle (and
the person you're working on) stays safe.
guide if you end up bending your needle and would like to try
repairing it yourself.
it! Paint dislikes being sprayed and will do it's best to
you for your outrageous actions! But don't worry, the
guides will help you through these predicaments.
Breaking the Nozzle Threads Off Inside the Airbrush
You are far stronger than the nozzle. Be gentle when twist it
in and out!
Try going through these instructions
to remove the broken threads if you get careless and break it