The unique dual (gravity/bottom) feed feature of the versatile Model 360 Universal airbrush is enjoyed by a wide variety of airbrush enthusiasts, crafters, hobbyists, cake decorators, artists, taxidermists.
Single size nozzle/needle design will spray all materials, acrylics to watercolors, inks to lacquers, Air-Opaque, Air-Tex, SpectraTex, MODELflex, and Totally Tattoo airbrush paints.
Patented rotational seal allows airbrush to perform in gravity feed as well as siphon feed mode; patented needle removal, easy access needle assembly; finger tight assembly tolerances, Correct weight apportionment balance system.
Badger Airbrushes are Made in U.S.A.
Posted by Stephen White on Dec 8th 2016
Badger’s 360 Universal was the third airbrush I bought, about 10 years ago. It was a revelation (I won’t name its predecessors). Which is not to say it is perfect, but it is very good.
The ‘universal’ aspect is if course a compromise - the fixed cup limits the bottles that you can attach. I rarely use it in that mode. It is a pity Badger didn’t mount the cup on a screw-thread.
The needle is also a compromise - to achieve a range of coverage, it has a double-taper. If you pull back the lever, and press, you will empty the cup in very short order. Badger’s ‘Fine’ or ’Super-Fine’ conversions refine the spray delivery, and are well-worth the small cost.
But nonetheless, the unmodified 360 can and does achieve a very broad range of spray patterns. It sits very comfortably in my hand. And it has been easy to clean (no small thing). The air tip is larger than most competitors, and can easily be soaked, and the cleaned with a small wooden cocktail stick. The small paint-entry hole (which fits the spout of a paint jar in suction mode) limits access to the needle channel (and the view into that area), but I find I can still get a cotton-bud into it. The brush is robust, and has been totally reliable. Even the exposed needle-tip has never given any problems, and any paint build-up can easily be brushed off.
A quick-coupling 1/8" fitting with air valve helps with control and cleaning.
I still have and use my original 360. I bought a new one for my son.