Welcome to our plastic playground Richard. You'll find loads of good and helpful fellow modelers here. You should look up the TriState Model Club in NJ for some really helpful and entertaining guys who'd be more than happy to help you along in this great hobby.
After 2 years of trying, I finally won a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk promo on EBAY. i was always getting outbid at the last minute. Now I have every car for 1956. All I've got to do now is work on the 4 remaining cars I still have to finish... Chevy, Dodge, Lincoln and Studebaker and then I'll have a complete "Class of '56.