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Mobius Airbrush – Gaahleri

Premium

Is the name of the line that Mobius belongs to. Gaahleri are skipping the low level airbrushes from the get go, initially started with mid-range /GHAD-39 for example/ and then straight up to the next level: high-end guns. Their first was GHAC-98D /Ace series/, followed by Swallowtail pistol-grips and now, we have Mobius. The latter is their TOP game at the moment, but that is neither definitive, nor final. For Mobius, we can say a lot, but it is quite useless, when we all know a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, there are plenty of videos on YouTube, where you can introduce yourself to Mobius. However, we will mention some ups and downs of the airbrush, mostly conclusions made from our experience and testing sessions of Mobius 0.2mm.

Trigger

or main lever as it is known, is arguably the most important part of the airbrush mechanics. We are all used to round shaped triggers /with some exceptions/, but none most noticeable than Iwata Takumi series. Iwata are probably the ultimate airbrush company on the planet, so when they have to show something, everybody sit quietly and watch. They showed square-shaped main lever /which from now on we’ll call trigger/, that changes the feel and follow the logic of its movement. It is up and down of course, but the most important thing is to pull back the trigger, and when you see the square you immediately discover why Takumi’s idea was great.

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Now Gaahleri saw that and obviously learned their lesson, introducing similar design, which to some extent is a small /as in minor/ game-changer. There is no doubt that they can hardly compete with Takumi, but implementing great ideas can definitely make them competition-crushers rather fast. Advertised as reducing fatigue during spraying, Mobius’ trigger looks and feels good and according to our perception beats the round trigger with a lot. Luckily, this trigger is also available as an aftermarket, in case you want to tune-up your lower series airbrush.

MAC nozzle

is something that Gaahleri’s airbrushes feature, no matter the price tag or the class of the tool. MAC stands for Micro Air Channel – a Gaahleri’s title – and serves for additional atomization of the paint, allowing for lower pressure applications and in the same time – smooth results. There are eight spiral channels around the extended nozzle, a feature that you can hardly find anywhere else. It looks beautiful and it works great.

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Many argue that this doesn’t change much, but we are convinced that it does no harm, nor interrupts the air flow in any conceivable manner. Therefore we can easily give it to Gaahleri here, because such innovations sooner or later leads to permanent changes in the industry. Besides, we think that it helps in actuality.

MAC valve

AKA Micro Air Control, AKA FPC or Fine Pressure Control, AKA Bleeder Valve is a precision air control knob under the paint cup of the airbrush. This particular add-on is a feature of Mobius .2mm only. Again following simple logic, larger nozzle /.3mm/ doesn’t require such fine pressure regulator, and even if it does, such feature can be found on some moisture traps and as an add-on at the end of the hose that enters the airbrush.  Still, if you want to get one embedded, be sure to aim for Mobius .2mm, if that is a feature you insist on having.

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It serves for additional fine regulation of the flow, which, combined with the MAC nozzle, should technically give you ultimate control over what’s coming out of the business end of the airbrush. We – once have tested it – think that we can live without it, since the airbrush is very finely tuned and if you know your paint well /and especially how to dilute it according to the air conditions/ you’ll have no need to use the bleeder valve.

It looks cooler on the airbrush though. We gotta give it that.

Twisted handle

With that specifically, we think that there is little actual benefit, but in the same time there is a nice artistic touch. However, a cutaway is a cutaway no matter the shape and its goal is to allow regulation of trigger spring tension. With that said, we need to add that many airbrush users remove the tail end all together, spraying with bare needle sticking out, avoiding the tail stopper function too. With that in mind, Gaahleri gets an A for design, but no rate for actual functionality, at least not from our perspective.

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Some lessons learned

Gaahleri balanced very well their airbrush. They changed the trigger shape, improved quality of production and created a better tool all together. They saw Iwata’s implementation and designed their own version of it, which we think is really cool, even though we doubt that Iwata are thinking the same way. Gaahleri also added fine pressure regulator, for those who needed it and skipped it in .3mm setup, which we also welcome as an idea. To each their own.

Another cool thing that Gaahleri did is to offer aftermarket parts including improved needle caps with additional holes, a tool very well welcomed from those not brave enough to spray with bare needle. The latter is something we enjoy and cherish as an experience, but we will humbly admit that we bent more than our fair share of needles during our airbrushing careers using this very technique.

Some lessons missed

The thing we honestly disliked in this high-end airbrush is the length between the trigger and the business end. An airbrush that screams precision should technically be with short space in between your controlling finger and the tip of the needle. That, by the way is the weakest point in Harder & Steenbeck series and yet, many swear by their high-end airbrushes. Again, that is just our opinion here and you might accept it as normal and acceptable length, but we did not enjoyed it. Not one bit. The first thing that they teach you in drawing school is to hold the pen as close as possible to the tip.

Another feature that we didn’t like was the /slightly/ light trigger. This is again – similar situation as with abovementioned brand of airbrushes. It is not that light as with H&S, but still. Our personal liking is stiffer trigger, similar to Iwata, Grex and Sparmax experience. It is more exhausting for longer sessions, but hey, this is a high-end airbrush, who need a longer session with that? You are aiming for small, precision details here, not for 30 minutes work.

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Final thoughts

The business end of the airbrush resembles Iwata’s opening. The square trigger also brings similar memories. That begs the question: “Who can do better than Iwata?” We haven’t seen such a unicorn yet. In other words – Gaahleri followed the best to some extent and they also added their own, in an attempt to give something a tad better to the end user. In the end, we have no intention to leave you with the impression that Gaahleri are on par with Iwata’s high-end guns. They are not. But they are way way ahead of any competitors not only in their price range, but in a wider arena than that. With the tempo that Gaahleri is advancing through the ranks, we expect to see a lot more serious results in the near future. And we are saying that with confidence and with the memories of the humble Sparmax beginnings years ago, when they were just another cheap brand. Look at them now! Then, imagine what can Gaahleri achieve with such a strong start and so many innovations.

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