If you're trying to learn about RC, I suggest talk with people. That's why were all here. Ask questions, read tests, reviews, tips... etc. Don't just jump in and give you're political speech on the lack of science in this hobby. It's supposed to be fun. It's not always, but it's what you make of it.
I would also suggest trial and error. I can go with whatever set-up the pros suggest, but if I don't go out and make my own curious changes on my cars one degree or one mm at a time, I'll never know if the effects would've/could've been benefical to me ... and then pass my findings to the next guy and vice versa.
BTW, I'm totally against animal cruelty ... especially to dead ones. lol (that means "lots-of-laughs", buddy)