Thank you Russ for your kind words.
As for the finish on the timber, well you have to start with a decent timber, or, you'll get a crap finish if you use crap timber.
I use Tasmanian Myrtle ( http://www.wood-database.com/tasmanian-myrtle/
) which is an excellent timber to use because there is virtually NO pore holes showing, then I use a Thickness Sander that I made, to reduce it to the thickness that I require. This does leave an excellent smooth finish on any pieces that have been thru the sander. The sander can sand a bit of timber down to 0.010" thous and you can actually see thru the timber, when you hold it up to the light.
Once it has been fully assembled in the raw, I then break it down, to each individual colour I require.
The ONLY primer/undercoat I use is ---- Testors SAND FS33531 - Flat Enamel Paint, it does cost a bit, but it's the only stuff I've come across that sticks like 'shit to a blanket' and is the most NEUTRAL colour in the universe. I avoid using grey, like I would avoid the plague, as it's made from the two most violent colours in the colour spectrum, black and white. It takes a couple of colour coats just to try and hide this 'snot' grey colour which then fills in any detail you want to stand out.
Once it's dried, I then just scrub the surface with a clean dry old toothbrush, this removes any bits of fluff/dust that might have stuck to the wet paint. Any bigger bits get flicked of with a fingernail.
The finished coat is just very ordinary enamel house paint, you can buy this stuff for a fraction of the cost of hobby paints, they will even mix the right colour for you as well.
As you can see, nothing special in the painting process at all.