I am always excited to see airbrush art, the projects, their scale, the details and the amazing creativity each artist brings to the table always impresses me. As Badger Air Brush / Thayer & Chandler are an American made product, it really made me smile to see the work of Mikey Harris on the General Motors “Strength and Honor” Camaro saluting all our troops that serve our country. It really is a site to see and lucky for us we have pictures and video of these amazing Badger Airbrushed murals that are so well laid out across bodylines of the Camaro.
Full article from The Faces of GM
Mickey Harris: Art Honoring America
It’s Independence Day week here in the U.S. and your Faces of GM team thought it would be appropriate to take a look at Mickey Harris, one of our partners who specializes in patriotic presentations. He has turned a couple of Camaros into incredible murals that salute our country and its military men and women. One is the Strength and Honor Camaro that he developed to promote GM’s Military Discount Program and the other is called American Pride and it outlines U.S. history in a way that even appeals to non-history fans.
On Memorial Day weekend we saw the Strength and Honor Camaro at the Indy 500 and last week we talked with Mickey about that car. By clicking the video below you can see the great artwork and hear what Mickey told us about how his designs emerge as he works.
Abraham Lincoln appears just behind the passenger door on the American Pride Camaro
Saluting the military isn’t just a commercial enterprise for Mickey, he says it’s practically part of his DNA. “My father was a fighter pilot and flew F105s in Vietnam. I grew up on Air Force bases and I learned to draw by drawing aircraft. It’s kind of in my blood.” Mickey has produced artwork for the U.S. Pentagon and is proud to say he has seven pieces hanging in the headquarters of the U.S. military.
Now that he’s done a couple of projects for GM. Mickey feels that he and the company are on the same wavelength. He says, “America’s greatest asset is our fighting men and women. We need to remember that. That’s what I try to do in the artwork I put out. I think GM understands that and they’ve been great to work with.”
The Chevrolet bowtie shares the rear of this Camaro with the Strength and Honor name
You can hear pride and dedication in Mickey’s voice as he talks about the work he’s done for Chevrolet. He appreciates having a client who appreciates his work and “I try to go above and beyond their expectations.” He says the money he’s paid for his work is pretty good, but he gets so emotionally involved in creating the project that puts incredible amounts of time into it. He chuckles as he says, “If I figured out what I get per hour, it’s probably a little bit more than minimum wage.”
The two Camaros that Mickey has designed are just the start of the relationship between artist and automaker. He has two more projects on the drawing board for Chevrolet that you’ll be seeing before the end of the year. We aren’t going to spoil the surprise and tell you what the topics are, but you can be sure that they will be celebrating history and American pride in a way that will touch the hearts of all who see them.
I thought this week I would share with you a very detailed and independent review of the Badger Renegade KROME Airbrush. It is the latest of our American Made Air-Brushes. I share Chuck Aleshire’s review because he has put this brush to the test and offers first hand user experience of this brush. Plus he give a little mention of me!!!!
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Out of the array of Badger Airbrushes the Vega 1000 is one of our more simple brushes. But don’t let the elegant simplicity of this brush deter you. Having no internal seals, this brush still produces an amazing fine line. For a hands on review, assembly and disassemble of the Vega 1000 click here.
It’s all in the trigger! Design, function and performance is a big part of any tool. Back in late 2010, we introduced a new design modification to the Renegade Series airbrushes and Thayer & Chandler VEGA and OMNI airbrushes. Why did we touch perfectly good air brushes? Well, thank you for asking Stefan Sjöber of Sweden. We wanted to enhance their performance.
Now to get all technical on you, the modifications focused on smooth airbrush triggering and precise needle responsiveness, including an increased curvature to the rocker lever (the part behind the trigger in photograph) and an upward repositioning of the lever pin on the needle tube of the triggering linkage. These modifications adjust the rocker lever’s height, eliminating any possibility of the rocker lever receding into the trigger slot and reducing any possible surface friction between the trigger and the rocker lever. The result is a smoother triggering action. Try saying that five times fast!
Additionally, the inner seal (not shown) of the Renegade and OMNI gravity feed airbrushes (VEGA airbrushes do not have inner seals) is being changed from Viton (a solvent resistant rubber like material) to a new “field changeable” beveled edge Teflon seal. This change provides directional smoothness and eliminates any resistance as the needle is triggered back and forth in the airbrush.
We really did our homework and thought this through so that the improved design rocker lever triggering linkage assemblies and field changeable inner seals can be installed into previously manufactured Renegade Series, OMNI, and VEGA airbrushes.
To put it simply, we just wanted to up the performance!
For additional information regarding these product modifications or about how to obtain improved design components for previously purchased airbrushes, contact Badger Air-Brush Co. by phone: 847-678-3104, fax: 847-671-4352, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org (using subject title “design modifications”).
If you own a Badger Renegade Velocity Jet airbrush, this video applies to you. Whether you need to disassemble it for maintenance, cleaning or just curiosity, here is a step by step tutorial of how to disassemble and reassemble your Badger Renegade Velocity Jet airbrush. Ashley Brayson (UK, airbrush artist) kindly and independently created this very detailed step by step video.
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For all those who work with miniature models, my hat comes off to you. It takes a lot of patience and skill to work on such a small scale. Two components that go into producing awesome small-scale models are good tools and knowing what you are doing. I wanted to share with you a guy who definitely knows what he is doing when it comes to miniature models. Check out Lester Bursley in action as he demonstrates how to paint a Doom Legion Space Marine. Whether it’s a space marine, figurine, fishing lure or model airplane, Les showcases how to effectively use your airbrush tools and paint colors for an awesome outcome.
Click the below link to watch a tutorial.
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My blog, TakeAir is dedicated to sharing my passion about all things airbrush. I wish to share with you my experience, tips,tricks, and trouble shooting in the art of airbrushing. I also wish to share and give recognition to the many talented airbrush artist I come across on a daily basis. Enjoy.
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