Originally Posted by Balr14
I would still check out the cost of the Blade 120SR. If it's not to prohibitive, it's still about the best place to start. It's very durable and quite responsive. A Walkera V200D01 is a nice heli, if the price isn't too bad. It's not real durable, though. But, overall a better performer and learning tool. There are also a few very inexpensive and durable micros (V911 and 9958) that will get you going. Their physics are unrealistic and they are too stable, so they do leave quite a gap to the next level. They are better than a DH 9116 though.
Thanks for your help, I will research the models you've suggested and make my choice in the next week or so.
regarding the DH 9116, I was considering it as a tool for just getting the feel of things. My daughter would like a "toy" heli, so I was thinking of killing 2 birds with 1 stone and letting her use the DH and see if she has the skills to improve.