Looking at the completed box makes gives you a sense of progress.  Then I looked at the Home Built help videos and realized I was only working on disc 1 of 4 for the fuselage.  It always feels like you are almost there and you have just begun at the same time.  As they say 90% done and 90% to go.

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Comment by Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall on April 21, 2017 at 8:42am

Jim and Amelia:

Thank you for the concern, yes It saddens me that I can't build a one week, one month, 6 month, probably close to one year wonder (definitely unlikely) almost alone. I guess I am used to the quick fix, but the EAB keeps me from going to the liquor store because instead I am running around to find some elusive brass part or bolt. And I don't have time for Psychoanalysis because it cuts into my work schedule.  This is a new educational endeavor for me and as I told my daughter in grad school, If you don't hate writing your thesis by now, there is something wrong with you. It is lovely that your spouse supports your building efforts, I have to talk my slightly less supportive spouse of 38 yrs to crawl into the fuselage and tighten some bolts that I can not comfortably reach.

Comment by Jim and Amelia Isaacs on April 20, 2017 at 6:18pm

So, Dr. Terry- how does building an aircraft make you feel? :)

Comment by Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall on April 20, 2017 at 6:37am

I am in the same position but even worse. It seems even after fighting entropy, cleaning up and restarting, it is one step forward and two back. According to lore, this is supposed to be educational and recreational.  Recreational because it expands work (Recreational) time and decreases success (ie. finishing) and Educational because it exposes the utter futility ( At start, we learned to deny) of actually completing and flying this thing. But as one of my advisors said, "it keeps me out of the tavern".

Comment by Paul Sanders on April 15, 2017 at 6:43pm

Ha ha, very apt. I thought I was about 4 weeks from being finished and ready for inspection but I just spent 4 hours doing tasks I didn't even know I was going to be doing so yeah, I'm as close to being finished as I was last time someone asked.

Comment by John Burns on April 14, 2017 at 6:58am
I will have to remember that one when I get down to the engine and avionics stage.
Comment by Jim and Amelia Isaacs on April 13, 2017 at 7:21pm
Yup! One of my favorite sayings I heard years ago was a reply to a question I asked of a team lead working on an aircraft mod we were doing. I asked him how close he was to completing the work at hand, and his reply was " all we lack is finishing up."

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