The first time I used 3Ds Max professionally, was when I was hired into the UIC (User Interface Content) division of Nokia Mobile Phones and was put into the 9300/9500 communicator project. One of my responsibilities was taking care of the 3d icons. At the time, I was a novice at modelling but self taught myself over the span of a few weeks with the aid of the tutorial book. With a lot of trial and error, I managed to complete the task successfully. Although the meshes left much to be desired, this was unimportant since all models would be rendered as bitmaps and scaled down to a tiny size. All that mattered was that the end result be beautiful and stylish. In this I think I succeeded well! You can read more about the project on the UI page.
Although my main job during the Tower Bloxx Deluxe projects was to create 2d assets, I got the chance to make some sky props as well. This plump little plane was one of them.