if you can't get an instructor, may I suggest FMS (http://simulator.home.pages.de
) although it is only windows only (given your avatar that may be an issue ;-)
It's not %100 accurate but the price (free) is good and it'll definitely help. A friend of mine has a tiger moth that he flew for the first time last week and apart from the odd broken prop, he was able to fly it fine. His only experiance before that was 1 minute on my lite stick and a few hours on FMS.
If you do go this route, have a look at the interface cables you can build/buy for FMS. They allow you to use your transmitter and ths makes things a lot more realistic