Thanks for the input. I read through the info on your website with great interest (particularly enjoyed the DUKW build).
It looks like the Hitek EZX-R may be the way to go, although I am considering investing in some higher end equipment as I intend to continue in this hobby for some time to come.
What I'd really like to do is try them all and buy the one I like best
Ah well, lets wait and see what Santa brings...