Your reaction to what you see is natural. Of course you want it! But don't let it overwhelm you. As the others above stated, modeling skills are developed one step at a time. First you start out with just making a box stock kit look respectable. Next one you add a little detail, kit bash it a bit and the progression goes on from there. But understand that while it's great to look and admire, you may never catch up with some of these guys!
Watch what the guys on the board do. Especially the step by step posts where you see exactly how they did something or how something went together. Suddenly it's no longer a mystery, but makes perfect sense and you can do it too!
You can progress at your own speed or not at all. You will eventually decide just how much you are willing to invest, both in terms of buying tools and materials as well as your own investment in time and developing new skills. For instance, a long time ago I decided that I wasn't going to buy a lathe. It just didn't interest me. If I wanted to learn those skills I would have gone that way as a trade.
Still, I develop and hone my skills all the time. This past year I've learned to make my own decals and do a bit more scratch building. It always starts with, "I bet I can...'' and the next thing you know you are doing it. Most recently I scratch built the entire interior of a camper. Is it perfect? No. Is it cool and am I happy I did it? Yup!
Edited by Tom Geiger, 24 February 2013 - 02:27 PM.