I orginally purchesed this little beaut, and got flying with that. Its indoor, has gyro (What the larger ones do), and is very durable.
I then moved on to a bigger model being this, and then tried to fly that. Because the larger ones actually take some tweaking / setting up,
I crashed about 4 times before i even got it to a hover. I have used this copter since, but have bought fully carbon fibre upgrades and metal
gears and such as my skills improved.
I went down to a RC Heli club that really helped me, and put me in the right direction with flying, repairs and maintainence.
Also another good thing about finding someone with flying experience, You can buy a cord called a 'Training cable', In which a pro can hook
his controller up to yours, and his actions will override yours should something bad occur (They can pull you out of a sticky situation =P).
Definitely look into somewhere you can share you interest with others that have the experience, its the best path to go down.
Tell me you dont think that is entertaining =P