Intermediate model buying tips
For intermediates, you can build just about anything from a plastic kit. I don't have much to say in this section, just a little. You should look into other brands now. Revell/Monogram are still good, but you should be able to get better stuff than that. Hasegawa is a good brand. It offers many models. I have built 2 Hasegawa models. One was ok, the other one was great. Of the two I built though, they didn't seem to have tons of detail. Both were is very small scales, so I could be mistaken. Hasegawa models have recessed panel lines.
Supposedly the best brand is Tamiya. Sometimes a few of the parts in Tamiya kits are metal. I have never built one before, but I have one on order now. I'll do a review when I get it.
One of the most important things that I think of when I buy a model now is it's panel lines. If it doesn't have recessed panel lines. Don't get it. It may even be a quality kit, but if it doesn't have recessed panel lines, forget it. Redoing panel lines and putting on decals is a nightmare on models without recessed panel lines.
Paints: I really don't have to much experience with paints. The type I use is Model Master. These paints are good, although they need to be stired up a lot. The Model Master spray cans work well, they dry really good. I wouldn't recomend yellow though. I have had some problems with the yellow spray.
"Polly S" paints (made byFloquill) are very good. There is a wide range of colors, and they are watersoluable. The original colors were made for railroad scale modelling, there also now some paint for military modelling.
Sorry, I don't have much on this. If you have some reviews on models you have built. Send them to me and I'll put them up.