In the hobby world, it isn't all sweetness and light. There are things that confound and annoy the hobbyist (and the hobbyist's significant other--but that's the subject of another blog) just as in any other endeavour. For me, among the many, at the top of my list is paint.
I need paint for my models. I need paint that is easy to brush on, and easy to airbrush on. I need colours for cars, tanks, planes, and train buildings. I need paint for ground cover, and water features. I need paint for so many of my hobbies that I have lost count of my stained shirts.
|Tamiya paint carousel|
The biggest problem with paint is that either you don't have the colour you need, or if you do, it is a rock solid mass at the bottom of the paint jar. There might be a way of stopping this, but all the tips I have received have only worked some of the time. Sadly, some of the time never seems to be when I really need it. It is a real progress killer when you have a 30 minute drive when you desperately need a colour.
The next biggest problem with paint is cost. Some paint is inexpensive, but you get what you pay for. The better paint costs. This wouldn't be so bad if I hadn't lived in
and seen the Japanese price for the same paint.
Yeah, that paint got on a boat, or plane and made its way to Japan ,
but that shouldn't triple the price. Canada
|a typically messy desk|
I suppose you could save money by buying sets of paint, but that is probably the manufacturers way of getting rid of unpopular colours--just how many things you model are Day-Glo green, or ultra bright orange?
The last problem is storage and organization. I have already chronicled the problems that are posed by this. As a result, I have other methods of storing paint. Some are good, some are lacking. My hobby desk rarely looks neat, and though I can't blame paint exclusively or even for the majority of the problem (my natural sloppiness is probably the major culprit) it is definitely part of it.
|Tamiya Paint stand|
I have bought several cool toys to facilitate painting. A painting stand, an airbrush holder, a rotating paint tray. I have it all, but my desk is still a mess. One day I will get it all organized, one day. One day.