These days, everyone wants instant gratification. The people entering the hobby these days aren't as interested in building things as they are with opening the box and running trains.
I started out as a ready-to-roll guy, but then discovered Athearn blue box kits. After assembling a blue box kit, I started trying more difficult kits to challenge myself. I wouldn't consider myself a master modeler, (I'm pretty far from it) but I am confident in my (still limited) abilities when it comes to scratchbuilding and kitbashing. I have large shaky hands so I can't handle small parts very well, but I try my best and the results amaze me!
Eric from Boston, MA. Modeling Norfolk Southern and Pan Am Railways.