I'm new to plastic models unless you count a couple of abortive attempts as a child to put together a couple of presents.
I'd like to know if it's possible to achieve even average results painting cheap plastic kit aircraft models using general acrylic artists paints, normally used to paint on canvas. Will it be more difficult with artists acrylics than with hobby paint?
I've got about half a dozen cheap 1/144th scale jet fighters. My fiancee is a hobby painter and has an abundant supply of acrylics in a wide variety of colours she's happy to let me use. I don't fancy spending $3-4 a bottle for a few mil of each colour of paint to get started if I can avoid it.
While I'll try my best to get the models looking good I don't expect what I build to be show quality given my current artistic skills. This is a stepping stone for me, and at least until I'm confident in my abilities, I'd rather mediocre but acceptable results than spending a fortune to try to get it perfect.
My woodwork, metalwork and plastic skills are non-existent. One of the reasons I'm doing this is to try to improve my skill with small fiddly mechanical things and to try and practice a little patience. In the long run I want to build r/c aircraft (plywood and metal) but I'm starting much smaller with a handful of small cheap plastic aircraft and seeing how that goes first.
Thanks in advance for your help.