I am currently trying to make my own mod, almost completely by myself. I am a high school senior who has had 6 semesters with 3d Studio VIZ and 2 semesters with DataCAD and AutoCAD. Now, is the reason why everyone else's mods and models look awesome is because you may be a little older than me with college experience or am I not up to beat on how to use programs and stuff? I've seen others' work, and it looks beautiful. I look at my work and say, that kind of sucks. For example, I made a Beretta M96 .40cal in 3D Studio MAX and it looked horrible (my junior year). I saw some other guy's M4 and it looked exactly like it's supposed to.