I have a Focus 3 but moved up to a Flash 5. The throttle on the back works well for hand launching but IMHO you are better off going straight to a Flash 5 G if you can possibly afford it. I also think they have better resale value. I'm doing a lot of testing with my new UrbanFlyer and because it is a sport aerobatic design, it's really nice to be able to program in some dual rates or exponential throws. It also has the connector for a buddy box.