So I downloaded blender, just have to read those tutorials!
Blender can seem bizarre and illogical at first, but if you stick with its easily the best of the free modellers out there. I found that to really get the hang of Blender you have to use the keyboard shortcuts, not the menus. I made myself a cheat sheet where I wrote down all the keyboard commands I use all the time and it's been invaluable as a reference, especially if I don't use Blender for a month or so.
Re: The tutorials, just be aware that Blender is updated regularly and older tutorials won't necessarily make sense against the current version.