In over 50 years of modelling I have developed a holistic style by which I carefully research the historic and operational environment as well as technical and colour details of my models. Over time I have compiled a nice library of relevant literature, and I regularly consult expert websites on the subjects I collect.
A quick OOB result is not my cup of tea. Even the best and most recent kits have their flaws. I particularly enjoy upgrading my early models and perfecting vintage kits. Good after-market items are essential. Therefore my models rarely represent standard box or decal sheet propositions.
For me the most challenging aspect of modelling is the unreliability of C&M information in publications, forums and kit instructions which often perpetuate wrong wisdom about an aircraft's appearance. Monochrome pictures are difficult to read and leave room for interpretation but in many cases authoritative research has been conducted and conclusive documentation is available. I like to compare various sources with my own observation and I'm generally suspicious of conventional opinions.
Every model - whatever the technique or level of skill - is the result of great personal creativity and affection and the builder deserves respect for it. I am happy to share this fascinating hobby with the many dedicated members of this community.