give this a little update, At this very moment i have to say I *prefer blender over maya.
the UVW mapping, modeling, the easy of use... /drool/ ... the Shortcuts!.
its simple rocks, few of the models i posted lately were created in blender.
The ONLY and i mean ONLY downside as of now, of blender is that the models dont look as good for presentation purposes as they did in maya, but oh well, as long as i can pull and move vertices I am a happy guy.
Nice one, fly high, fall even lower.