I tried my hand out at 3Dstudio Max 4 and managed to build an eye...Kinda lost patience and settled for Soft Image.
Purity and simplicity... and ubuntu.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu
3D studio Max takes time, trust me. I had to learn it in a 3 week course, that was torture. For a first project though, this is a good start! I'd recommend getting a tutorial book or something to that effect. There is SOOO much to 3D Studio Max.