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The 1916 Philibert Air Brush

1916 - Joesph Philibert's six color model had the color chambers in line, connected to a common tube that fed an external needle assembly. To change the color one of the valves(24) is pushed in to open it and allow paint to flow into a common tube that leads to the needle valve housing (3). Turning the geared knob(6) on the housing adjusts the needle(4) to control the paint flow and pattern. By opening more than one of the valves(24) you can get more than one color flowing to the needle valve housing thus blending colors. Another valve(14) turns the air on or off with no real adjustability. The drawbacks to this system, and most others, is the residual paint left from a previous color. Using a solvent in one of the chambers and spraying it between colors helps. Adjusting all those valves, the needle the bulk or the tool would also make it a handful to operate. An interesting idea none the less.


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