There are a lot of voices that are happy to tell you what this craft is all about. The general consensus seems to be that as long as you buy a bunch of stuff you may or may not use, you’re doing their version of the hobby right. This stuff is an investment right? Sell it off in the future for a tidy profit, or at least what you paid for it. (Let me know how that works for you.)
If you really want a solid investment in this craft, then invest in your own skills. Skills that will grow with you and expand your options, skills that will open the door for a deeper experience of all this craft can truly offer.
People often tell me that this is not a popular message. Thanks for sharing that but I’m not interested in adding to the noise about cheap, easy, and fast generic modeling. There are plenty of other places that will tell you what you want to hear.
The simple message of the books and this blog is this:
If you want to learn how to do something, the best way is to park your butt at the workbench and try. Start small, butcher up some materials, then try again and again. You’ll want to quit (and most people do at this point) because you’ll feel frustrated by the lack of instant gratification. The cure for that is to keep trying until you can do the thing whatever it is.
There are no shortcuts.
It will take longer than you want it to and it won’t be fun at first but in time you’ll increase your skill and understanding. In time you’ll try more complicated work to keep the challenge going. The bottom line is you’ll never run out of things to learn.
It’s the process, not the product.