Have you guys considered paint pens? Good heavens do they make stuff QUICK and EASY. Let me give you an example: the delicate scroll work on USS Constitution's stern. Black wood with gold scroll work. How do you paint that?
Spray your gloss black over the wood and use a gold paint pen to pick out the gold. Voila. How long would that take you to do freehand with a brush? And like Gus says, you'd never be able to airbrush that. Go to Michaels or some similar craft store and take a test drive. They have ten or so Testor's brand and then there's "professional" type pens there as well. Thick tip, medium and fine point. All there in all colors.
Just picked a fine tip silver one up to do 1/700th scale aircraft canopies. Saves you time and you can as accurate as you want with little regard to hand shake or other jittery problems. They are under $5.00 and are intense value for money.