Billy - I know what you mean. I read several modelers' magazines and just when I think I'm getting halfway decent, I look at the pictures in there and feel like a total amateur. But I have to just ask myself if the model I'm working on is better than the last one. As long as I'm getting better, then it doesn't matter if I'm at world-class levels yet. Each time I try some technique I haven't tried before and most of the time it comes out pretty good. Most of my mistakes come through impatience and rushing. My dad always says "I can't build models, I don't have the patience" and I tell him "I don't either but it teaches me patience".
Anyway, I'd suggest not getting too hung up on your work vs. others', but concentrate on how much you've been improving. Besides, even though I fret over how this or that part doesn't look as good as it should, you know who sees my models down in my basement? People who don't even know what country the plane is from, much less whether this shade of interior grey is correct or not
It's all about having fun in the process.
I'm working on recreating my spitfire picture and in this build I'm doing these for the first time:
-Painting figures (and "Frankensteining" them from various different figure models)
-Grass on a base
-Opening panels (and scratchbuilding a replacement)
-Using liquid mask on canopies
-Airbrushing with blu-tack masks
-Painting markings (as opposed to decals)
Lots to learn!