I started in Sept. '93 with a Goldberg Mirage 550. I used 3 packs of 6-1500 cells and the stock motor. I ended up teaching myself as the local clubs instructors were all too busy with contests. It only took me a box full of balsa and a couple of tubes of glue to get it down. That and about 50 crashes over 1.5 months! When that motor burned up finally, I switched over to an Astro 05 and seven cells. Man what an eyeopener that was.