Thanks, Viking - I've been to your site and like your stuff.
It's so true that "time and patience, along with a little practice" can produce some amazing results - at least amazing to me! I would add "imagination" as coming up with ideas and going through the 'build' phase takes a lot of imagination, but part of the reward is that the entire process forces one to "think" through the known options and occasionally something pops up during the process that reveals an unknown option.
By the way, I'd like to have the "viking helmet" that you have posted on your site in a format that can be used within Cool 3DPS, would that be possible or is it only in gif format?
Anyway, here's one of my better efforts - the disco floor 'build' was an interesting project.