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Getting started on a reasonable budget...
A decent size, good quality, full function "Bind N Fly" EPO foam model with AS3X stabilisation (or similar) is a great option for those starting out. The EFlite Timber, Maule or Z-Cub are our choices.
There are a plethora of low cost "foamie toys" out there but if you are serious the EFlite & Premier Aircraft products are excellent and we recommend them.
Expect to spend $550 to $600 on good size EFlite BNF model and about $400 on a good radio like a Spektrum DX6. Cheaper option like the DXe series radios will save a few $$$ but we recommend spending a little more on the DX6.
Most of these models will use a 2200-2700mAh 3s Lipo (from about $50) and you can get a 3s Charger from about $90. So we can have you in the air with quality new set up for about $1100.
We encourage all pilots to get a good Sim like RealFlight . Best money you will spend!
For those with a bigger budget it doesn't get better than this...
Sebart make arguably the best quality conventional construction ARF's you can find. They are best know for performance aerobatic models but the Cessna 50E is Sebarts solution for the beginner through intermediate "Sport Pilot". The Cessna 50E does it all!
Expect to pay about $1500 for the Cessna, Motor, Prop, ESC and MG Servos depending on specifications selected. Highly recommended!
Again we recommend the Spektrum DX6 as great radio. You will need full function charger and a larger 5/6S battery so realistically if you are looking at about twice the budget required for a decent size, good quality EPO foam "BNF" option.