You DO NOT have a problem. This is what Tamiya acrylics do and it is why we modelers love them: they dry quickly. Don't try to paint straight from the jar. Put a little dab of the paint on a palette and add a little of their thinner. I use Tamiya acrylics almost exclusively for everything I'm brushing. I also use them through my airbrush, but that's a whole different thing. The only time I try to use this paint straight out of the jar is if I'm absolutely confident that I can finish the job in one stroke of the brush. If you are going to be painting for more than about thirty seconds, then you really need to use the process I mentioned above. It is possible to keep dipping your brush in thinner and going back to the jar but that also raises other concerns.
Do not listen to any modeler who says that Tamiya paints are not worth the money you spend on them. As for how many 1/24-1/25 models you can paint with one can, there are many variables that will determine your results; however, three model cars sounds like my results, or maybe even four because I usually decant the paint and shoot it through my airbrush. Their paint covers plastic supremely well and rarely requires more than a couple of coats for complete coverage. Buy it; use it; sing its praises! All hail Tamiya paint!
Thanks, everybody, for the comments. Bernard, you know my build philosophy well and I appreciate the compliment. Matt, almost no one since the dawn of time has been able to resist the tantalizing temptations of a big snake. I'll find some other application for the serpent decal.
Thanks, everybody, for the comments. It really is a fantastic kit of a fantastic car. Those of you who have been lucky enough to drive, own, or just be around them, I envy you your experience. I'd love to have one of these to blast around in as my daily driver. Crazy Ed, good eye for detail!
Here's a neat little car for you. I love this car and the kit. I built this as a vintage racing enthusiast's car from the Tamiya kit mostly box-stock but with some added detail parts and some photoetch.
More can be found here: http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ChillyB1/library/Tamiya Alfa-Romeo Giulia GTA?sort=3&page=1
It is a gorgeous color on these cars even though it isn't a VW color. And you are wise not to try the fender beading on your first Beetle: This was my first attempt but my fifth or sixth Tamiya Beetle, so I knew what I was getting into. I did it with very careful and very tedious Tamiya masking tape application, and it ain't easy! I'm sure you'll build this kit again because it is addicting if you like VWs. My only real complaint is that the taillights are molded in clear plastic and have to be masked to be painted body color, and that ain't easy either. My windows are done with Bare Metal Foil. Here's a helpful tip: put a piece of masking tape over most of the window surface before applying the BMF and you won't get adhesive residue on the "glass" that has to be removed. And to further create a realistic look, you can run a black Sharpie around the window frame on the body to simulate weather stripping, and you can run a fine-point Sharpie around the window frame on the glass parts to both burnish down the foil and to simulate the gasket. Good luck with your project and make sure you tell your daughter that I've sent my compliments on her excellent taste in cars and colors.