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Tool Review
Electric Paint Mixer
Not just a luxury
  • Badger

by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]


Originally published on:
AeroScale

I can remember hearing the name "Badger" as far back as 1969. It was formed from the Parent company "Thayer - Chandler". I actually have one of their first air-brushes that I rec'd from an long time friend Paul Linger. This item under review is more than a luxury to the dedicated modeler. After 44 years of modeling I find that paint needs to be stirred. This is especially true for modern acrylics. Air bubbles tend to ruin acrylic applications and mar the finish.

We all know that over time hobby paints tend to separate into pigment and carrier. This handy little mixer thoroughly blends all types of paint. Evenly disperses pigment in its base material to assure consistent viscosity of paint from top of the bottle to the bottom. When you have 10 or more bottles of paint to use at any given time just mixing them to use during a build can be time consuming. The mixer makes it almost effortless. Consistancy in the paint gives a modeler consistancy in the finish.

Here is a response to my review from the owner
"Hi Stephen,

Ken from Badger Air-Bursh Co. here.

Thanks for the review on our paint mixer. Well done.

However, your openeing statement (below) is inaccurate. For the record allow me to please clarify in the short version how Badger came to be.

Thayer & Chandler never had any ownership or parent company stake in Badger Air-Brush Co. My Grandfather, August Schlotfeldt, and my father, Walter Schlotfeldt, owned and operated a Swiss screw machine company in Chicago that made airbrush parts for Thayer & Chandler, Paasche, and Wold airbrush. It is from this connection to the airbursh manufacturing world and my dad's realetd interest in better airbrush design that Badger came to be in 1964. My dad introduced teflon seals and free standing color cups (now and still used by all airbrush manufacturers today) to the airbrush industry with his initial airbrush designs, and it is from "small humble beginnings" related to those improvements, and selling them, that Badger came to be and grew into the largest airbrush manufacturer.

Ironically, about a decade ago I acquired the Thayer & Chandler company, and Thayer & Chandler Omni and Vega airbrushes have been manufactured in Badger's suburban Chicago factory ever since.


Take air,
Ken
Mark 10:27"

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SUMMARY
Highs: The mixer makes it almost effortless. Consistancy in the paint give a modeler consistancy in the finish.
Lows: None to speak of.
Verdict: If you build models rarely or regularly this is a tool that make your efforts go smoothly
Percentage Rating
93%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: #121
  Suggested Retail: $12.95 USD
  Related Link: Homepage
  PUBLISHED: Aug 28, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.97%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.69%

About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)
FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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Comments

I've got one and use it all of the time. Great product. Mark
AUG 28, 2009 - 01:46 PM
I've been using one for several years now. It's managed to restore paints that I thought were beyond hope of ever using again. I've found that two new batteries make it spin too fast to my liking, so I use two weaker batteries from my pen light flashlight when it starts going dim.
AUG 28, 2009 - 05:33 PM
Wow folks its a real pleasure when the owner of a hobby manufacturer writes in! In this I stand happily corrected!
SEP 04, 2009 - 07:52 AM
   

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