I would not suggest it as a first time aircraft unless you have a 'buddy box' system, where an experienced pilot takes control of the aircraft and either hands over or takes back control as needed until you learn.
I would heavily suggest something along the lines of this:
It has plenty of dihedral, so will right itself out of a banked turn. It comes plug-and-play so you just need a battery and receiver to fit to it. This way you can get a nice radio that you will keep and use with other planes, too.
I would strongly recommend visiting your local aeromodelling club for some advice on this, or even just for some help when it comes time to balance the model and test fly it. I've had several of these models (building third after giving second to a friend) and all need some noseweight, or a larger battery hung under the nose, to fly right.
Cheers - boingk
PS: Will update list when I get time, busy and about to head on holidays.