Somebody asked this question in a forum I frequently visit. And since I already answered it, might as well share it with everyone else. Well, here in the Philippines, Tamiya Spray-Work (Basic Air Compressor with Airbrush) can be bought from Lil’s Hobby Shop since they are the official distributor of Tamiya products here in the Philippines. I bought mine at SM Megamall branch. Without further ado, here is the PROS and CONS review.
Check my Choosing your first Airbrush Guide post as well
Simple mechanism since it is single action, just need to push the trigger.
Really easy to clean (the part I like the most)
Really Good for beginners (as suggested in Mechapinoy by pro-modellers)
Portable and light weight, can run on batteries so it is easy to use anywhere
Comes with stand
Gravity-fed (paint container is on top)
Smooth 15 psi output (Tamiya website states 20 liters per minute – can anyone convert this to be sure)
Do not have moist air supply problems like compressor with tanks have
Easy to setup (no moisture traps, valves, etc)
Easy to find replacement parts as well (Lil’s Hobby Shop is the official distributor)
Needs a 7.2v supply which is not common, you can buy tamiya battery, but I have purchased a 7.2v power supply for 900 pesos.
Cannot do fine lines (but we do not really need that in gundam since we can mask the parts)
Linear air supply which means compressor motor always need to run to provide air supply.
Cannot be used continuously for long periods, meaning you have to let the compressor motor rest. for me, I always let it run for 15-20mins then I pause for another 15-20mins. it lengthens the motor life.
For more questions (or if you want to add something) please feel free to post them below.