Believe it or not, I used to be terrible at painting too. Once I figured out airbrushing it became a lot easier. Properly thinned paint and spraying multiple light coats is the secret. Good paint brands help too; I find Vallejo Air and Tamiya acrylics to be the easiest to work with.
I also like to practice on these monstrosities. They’re about $6 a pop here and take only about 1-2 hours to put together. Perfect test-bed for learning new techniques.
I’ve got a 1:72 F-35B up next…but I also want to get through the Big Show campaign in the Spitfire…decisions decisions.
I gave up models for 2 reasons. One, while I could make do up till my 20s, by my 30s my ability to do precision work with my hands deteriorated too far. They shake when I’m trying to paint tiny things, or put a tiny part in, or anything that requires me to have precision down to the mm. When I’m not doing that, my hands aren’t quite “rock steady,” but certainly no one but I notices they’re moving.
Two, you can’t work outdoors in Florida. The heat and humidity are not conducive to modeling, so you have to do it indoors. Once we got a bird over 15 years ago, it was risking his life to do modeling anywhere close. Then came the children.
So I have a closet with unbuilt models that will likely stay that way until I die.