The key to continued success with an airbrush is what you do with it when you're done 'shooting' paint. Cleaning is a critical facet of airbrush use. Dave O’Meara walks us through a step by step process of cleaning a Badger 150.
I built a WW1 Albatros some time ago which required a bare-wood fuselage and tried the popular oil paints technique. The effect was great and produced a beautifully subtle "wood grain", but the oils took so long to dry that dust was a real problem.