Thanks Jim. I think you might be being too hard on yourself. I find painting to be relaxing and yes I seem to get as much paint on myself as on my model. Makes cleanup lots of fun. It takes me back to my younger days when I painted outside in my yard and no one cared how much of a mess I made on my model cars. I find smaller brushes make less of a mess but take a bit longer.Most-likely my advice will not be count... everyone (I believe everyone) on SOS knows that Jim and paint - don't go alone. However, I think you can try the canned (aerosol) paint sold in Auto shops. They have many different colors to choose from, including primer.
I have tried multiple times... I use to assemble plastic model ships, and one of the reasons I have stopped - is painting (the second - 1/350 scale). I don't have enough patience until it is completely dry. Paint not even on the surface strikes from the brush...you name it.I think you might be being too hard on yourself.