Building Models of different quality

I have found that building older models that I moved all over the place while I was in the military, provides me a chance to work on many skills newer models do not. Some include making new pieces, heavy filler work, sanding (A Lot), figuring out what the instruction sheet really is trying to tell and show you buy the printing, and the recovery of old decals.
I am not complaining, rather I am taking these efforts as training sessions so when I work on newer models with new aspects, I am rather founded in the basics of model building.
Wondering what other people think about building older kits and if there is any value in building them at all?

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