Yeah springer, and I love greenseaships other builds too -- especially what he does with cardboard.
That's basic creativity. It helps to have others appreciate it when you do it, or even make mistakes. RCGroups and my club help provide that kind of interest by others, and makes me interested in seeing what others do and how they build., and allows me to encourage them as well.
So I would say that model building is definitely helped by appreciation, whether from friends close to home, or over the internet now. As a kid, I learned model building from another kid who was into 1/2A C/L models -- the Scientific models that Walter Musciano used to design.
Speaking of Walter, his story of how he got started as a kid is inspirational: