If you buy an ARF and crash it you have no plans to help you rebuild it. Some like to build some don't. No matter which way you go, those who build from a kit are held to a little higher esteem by all and those who build from scratch are held up to a higher level. The mags are full of stories that reflect this. The disadvantage to building is that it will be a while before you are up and flying and if you crash it, there is a personal part of you that gets wounded followed by the confidence that you can repair it or build another one.