I'm overwhelmed by all the great information here! When I was thirteen-ish, my dad and I built a Duracraft Linfield together. It was a lot of fun, and a good father/daughter experience, but we had no clue what we were doing. I just started dabbling in miniatures and houses again because I'd like to renovate the Linfield for my best friend's daughter when she's a little older. She's two so I have some time, but it'll need a lot of work.
Last week I assembled a 1/144 Northeastern Scale Models Cape May house. I broke most of the pieces at least once, but still had a lot of fun doing it. I've also acquired quite a few Xacto House of Miniatures kits that I'm looking forward to working on for the Linfield. And... I'm thinking about getting a 1/24 house for myself.