Well, I'm very happy to see that this thread is somewhat active as I just ordered my Mew Gull 120 last night. I found it for a very good price from a very reliable ebay seller here in the US. I plan to install a Turnigy 30CC gasser on it and found it at a very good price in HK's USA warehouse.
This will be my first fuel plane and first large scale plane. Hope there aren't too many firsts there.
I've been flying electrics for about 3 yrs and EDFs for the past year. My skills have gotten to the point where I'm bringing them back alive much more often than not.
So, after flying a nitro trainer the other day I figured I was ready for a fuel plane. Seems the instructors at our club agree that I've progressed enough to handle it.
This will be a great adventure for me as the trainer is the only fuel airplane I've flown. They appear to fly easier than the EDFs ....everyone tells me that the bigger they are the better they fly. I tend to agree with that because my two latest jets have 43" wing span and fly exceptionally well with retracts, speed brakes, flaps, etc. They're easier to see and are not as twitchy as the smaller birds.
I have a bad habit of promising to take pictures and then getting involved in the build and forgetting the pictures. So, I'm not promising anything but, I'll try to remember to take and post pictures as I go.
By the way ....thanks for posting your experiences and build tips here. They are very valuable to me.