Thanks Iron Tick, it's nice getting a bit of feedback.
To be quite honest I am trying to get a real feel for modeling, animating and texturing in Maya. I am used to Animation Master but got a bit disillusioned with it due to it's bugginess. The new version 10 seems to have resolved these issues and I still love some of the tools in it but I am comparing all the time with Maya. Maya hasn't crashed on me yet!
Sometimes, however, I feel like quiting on Maya and going back to A:M because it seems a bit overly complicated but I still keep coming back for more so something must be working...
Tickety boo and ta ta for a bit...