Think I'm going to give it a shot. The 1280 would probably scare people at the park, even if they should be more scared of the 800...they don't know that.
The Spirit looks great, but a bit fast. But something tells me that all those crappy 2 channels I flew were good training. Some were pretty tricky, especially the small jet configs which were relatively quick to their size, and I'd manage to get the hang of them and keep them well in the air. Can't wait to see what it's like to have elevators and decent range that doesn't dip when below full throttle.
And also a glider - love the gliding aspect. Also have plans for lights...there's something I want to try. Meanwhile, thanks to you and everyone for all the great info on this thread and others. HUGE help, granted, I can tell you guys are basically a bunch of lousy influences waiting to happen to a guy like me...
But such is life.