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I’ve been mulling over the possibilities for a first CP purchase. I know there are a number of similar threads but I have my own perspective so I hope you will read my thoughts and have constructive input. Since I am an engineer, I look at making such a choice from an engineering perspective. So I have constraints. The first is I want it to be fun to fly. I am moving up from a Big Outdoor Lama which is super fun. I am interested in sport flying. I would prefer ease of flight and stability over super agility. I also surf and the longboard/shortboard analogy comes to mind. I am very content with longboard surfing. Shortboards are much more maneuverable but much more difficult. I am hoping there is a range in CP helis that is similar. Cost is a factor but not a huge one. I have read the “buy cheap, buy twice” mantra but I am ok buying twice if the first cheap one is fun and helps me learn. I do not want to build a kit. I don’t mind modifying and repairing but I want a pre-built heli. I have been reading and researching extensively. I am considering alternatives by Esky, Walkera, Blade, and something like Copter X. Frankly, I am really enjoying my Esky Big Lama so I have been looking at their belt CP V2, or Belt CPX. I think the main draw back with Esky is that they do not have a BNF version so every new Esky comes with a new (nonprogrammable) radio. I do like the idea of getting a programmable radio and they don’t seem to have that option. There are not a lot of Belt CP’s around but parts seem plentiful. Walkera has the 1#A which they claim is a good first CP, less intimidating than a 450 class. Wow sells it with an 8 ch programmable TX. This seems like a good option but I read that parts can be hard to get for Walkera in general and I have read some bad stuff about Wow in general. Wow also has assembled Copter X’s but I am thinking this might be a good second CP. Maybe by the time I want a second CP, I’ll want to build a kit. The Blade 450 seems like a choice but it is a big jump in price from the Esky and my experience with my new Blade 120SR has me really concerned about Blade’s price/quality. They charge more but their quality is not impressive. People say good things about Horizon but as I write this, I have been on hold for 45 minutes trying to get a replacement tail motor that burned about in 10 minutes of use. One bitten twice shy? There are also some outliers like Art Tech but parts seem even harder to get than Walkera. There are other Walkera models as well. So if you read through all this, thanks for reading. Please keep my main constraints in mind: I want it to be fun and prefer stability over high performance. I am willing to buy twice. I would prefer a BNF scheme. I have a positive experience with Esky so far. My experience with Blade is mixed: good with mCX2 but very poor with 120 SR. If I was not nervous about dealing with Wow, the 1#A and then a Copter X seems like a good path forward with a 2801 TX. Otherwise, I am drawn towards the Esky Belt CP/X barring other good suggestions.