I don't know if I can say that I am new to the hobby but I am newly successful to the hobby. Maybe 10 years ago I made the mistake of buying WAY MORE PLANE than a beginner should have and smashed a beautiful glider. Then I bought a variety of cheap/crappy RTFs that (I) flew poorly, and were uninspiring to look at. Finally I got a HobbyZone Super Cub, and its been GREAT! I am hooked, I've been flying daily in the park in front of the house with the kids, only when its empty enough to stay away from people I've build a one of the simple gliders, and now have started on the Mighty Mini PBY (favorite all time plane).