Every now and then I found a new hobby for myself. This time its modelling. My previous experiences with modelling date over 15 years ago, I made some sort of tank back then. Few years ago I bought Shelby Cobra 427 (my dreamcar by the way) model, made by Revell. But then I forgot that box in my closet and found it few days ago. And today I found 1:570 model of german battleship Tirpitz, made by Revell. And because it was so cheap, I decided to buy it. Now, I have read some threads in this section and rule of thumb seems to be not to start modelling with ships. Well, thats ok because that Cobra seems to be much easier anyway, skill-level 2. 30 or so parts, no need for glue (it will look better than that tank, it's filled with glue) etc. Looks really easy. That Tirpitz, on the other hand, is skill-level 4. Hopefully I find time to do both of them and hopefully I wont ruin them. :-? Now, some question: What should beginner remember when doing his/her first kit? How much money should beginner use for paints and glues? How pricey they are and what kind of shops usually have best collections of paints and glues? How costly are kits usually? I mean, what price is bargain for somekind of kit, what price is rip-of etc? (sorry for bad engrish). What kind of other tools beginner need? How much time does it take to build decent kit? Where I could find some rare kits? Is there any webpage containing some kind of list about manufacturers and their current & past kits? I was hoping to find cheap kit of armoured cruiser Blücher. (I know some of these questions would have been better to ask in tips-thread but I wanted to make one single post).