Mixing your own paint?
I remember reading an article in a very old (probably '50s) model railroad magazine, in which the author (Mel Thornburg?) advocated making your own paint. If I remember correctly, he was using artist's oil pigments in Japan, boiled linseed oil, and lacquer thinner. He also said that he did all his painting with a brush (part of the reason I think it was Thornburg, since I know he did that), and the results were excellent.
Given the plethora of model paints on the market today, but also the recent changes in product lines, I'm just wondering if that skill has any utility today. So, is there anybody out there who still makes his own paint? How does it compare with what you can buy off the shelf, in terms of price, finish, coverage, etc.? I am assuming that today you'd use artist's oil paint in tubes, and custom mix the desired color before adding linseed oil and thinner for the right consistency. Or, is there a better way?
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