As a proficient Mode 2 propo flyer for longer than I can remember, I confess to really having struggled "converting" to Mode 1 in later life when I built one of Phil's Tiny 6 Reed trannies. I would also suggest that you keep it simple for your first efforts. Just use a nice stable Rudder / Elevator / Throttle model. That was quite enough for my poor old brain to cope with! And yes, I too struggled with co-ordinating throttle and elevator for the landings..... I just didn't seem to have enough thumbs!