You know there are trial versions. So If you learn to model in Gmax (yes its still out there and free! and i have it .. if you need it. i still think turbosquid has it http://www.turbosquid.com/gmax
) Learn gmax.. model in it. skin in it. Export it to 3ds. Then use a trial version of 3ds max 6 once you are done to Import the models then export the models into ALO. SHould work perfect. Or have someone else export your models. Never let money stop you from moddin if you really want to.
RoR Modeler skinner and coder
= EaW mod tutorials.. more comming soon :P
Total Realism mod Lead Modeler/animator