Warbirds are hard to fly as a beginner. They are meant to shoot the enemy and go fast so as not to get shot. My second airplane was a H9 PTS P-51 and was my second and third crashed airplanes (same plane). Can you say TIP STALL. OMG Was good for learning to rebuild at the time. The first crash, I broke it in half and hit my wife with pieces of it. I still fly it and it is now one of my favorite airplanes to fly (once I threw the evolution engine in the trash). I would NOT recommend it as a good trainer. Mine did not come with the wing droops. That might would have helped.
I started flying RC planes September 2010 so learning is pretty fresh in my mind. I now fly many different styles of airplanes including the H9 60 size P-51, 30% Wild Hare Extra 260, Kyosho Stearman, etc. I also do some pylon racing with the LA Racer and some 3D flying with a Twist 60 and the Extra.
I think the key for learning to fly and learning quickly is the following in order:
- Get a good simulator. I personally use Phoenix. Realflight is also a great one.
- Spend a lot of time on the Simulator.
- Get an instructor and a good built high wing trainer. I learned on the GP PT-60 and am now teaching my Dad to fly. He cart wheeled it on a landing this Summer and it did not even hurt it. It needs to have mass so you can fly it in the wind because there just are not many days when the wind is conducive for flying light, small models. At least here in N. Texas it isn't. I have two small electrics and I don't get to fly them as much. This means less stick time. This is important, because if you don't use it, you loose it. This is true for flying RC planes as well.
- Spend a lot of time on the Simulator after soloing. I consider this one of the most important things I do in this hobby, for progressing quickly. I have crashed an incredible amount of airplanes and helicopters on the simulator. The simulator is priceless for learning to do new things. Most of my 3D flying and precision flying was first done on the simulator. Develops the muscle memory you need for your thumbs.
- Also, fly different planes on the simulator to see which one you like at your current skill level. They are pretty close. Might help you determine which to buy. I have done this numerous times. I mainly fly the Extra on the simulator and it flies pretty close to mine. Just a little more floaty. Turn up the thrust to weight on the P-51 and it is pretty close too.
Just my 2 cents, if worth that much.