As the name Neo implies, this is Iwata’s entry-level airbrush label, and it is offered in the two main styles of airbrushes: siphon- or gravity-feed. Our review sample is the Neo CN, a gravity-feed type. Gravity-feed airbrushes perform well at lower air pressures, which help create greater detail.
Another differentiating feature between airbrushes is the trigger style: single- or dual-action. To explain the difference in simple terms, a single-action trigger delivers paint and air at the same time when depressed. The dual-action trigger has a slide, which means when you depress the trigger only air comes out, but as you slide the trigger aft it feeds the paint out around the needle. Our Neo CN has a dual-action trigger with a 0.35 mm needle and nozzle combination. Most lower-end airbrushes are commonly single-action.
The Neo is well packaged, arriving in a nice, pre-cut, high-density, green foam. The level of quality is pretty decent for an airbrush in this price range. All the machined parts turn, screw, pivot, and slide with almost the same grace as its higher-end stepbrothers. The chrome and stainless parts have an excellent finish. A unique feature designed into this airbrush is the interchangeable gravity-feed cups: one large (1/3 oz.) and one medium (1/16 oz.). The cups are designed with a funnel shape. The airbrush itself will hold 1/32 oz. without a cup attached. The air pressure setting for ideal operation is between 5 and 35 psi.
I have a couple high-end Iwatas, and it’s unfair to compare them to the Neo because they are several clicks above it. However, I can report favorably that the Neo performs with great distinction and handles very well. The paint delivery is steady and easily controlled. I sprayed enamels and acrylics with grace and precision, despite my shaky hand.
The Bottom Line
It’s a great value and product. I give it a 9 out of 10 because this gun is really a couple clicks above an entry-level airbrush and should be respected as such.
I want to thank the folks at Iwata and IPMS for the opportunity to present this fine product.