for a first good size, low cost, BIG, rog edf plane that is easy to handle I recommend the www.ejf.com
"bob e cat". you can read the review in jet international
if you want high end and you are not as frugal you have www.jepe.org, www.rd-jets.de
which make beautiful planes and fans.
The bob e cat comes in an inexpensive balsa version for 90mm fans that accepts retracts and will work with a low 16 cell set up to a nuclear 24 cell or 7s4p + hacker xl set up that will leave ALL gassers gasping.
the plane will also rog from grass with the right wheels.
and yes RCParkflyer is right!!!!!, even a low 16 cell set up with retracts and nicads (not lipos) will cost $700.00 with out radio. If you go lipo a low end pack for this plane alone will cost you $300............ still interested ?
good luck... BIG EDF's rule