Have flown it about 10 times or so now and haven't broken anything yet. The canopy has lots of scotch tape and the props are getting beat up, but it still flies just fine.
I switched from X mode to + mode last night and have been having much greater success with it. I read somewhere that + mode is a little easier for beginners. I can keep it up for most of the battery now (10-12minds). I have it set to low rate and have turned throttle inputs waaaaay down. Still more comfortable when it's going away, have been practicing turning and bringing it back to me very slowly at low levels. Works great outside, but can get lofted easily by the wind. I'm learning not to panic and jerk the sticks when i want to correct something. So far it's survived a telephone pole, magnolia tree, telephone wire, and my neighbor's hedge.
Can't wait to get some more batteries for this thing.