Today is the 6 year anniversary of opening up the rudder box in my living room and drilling the first hole. Even though I only get to work on weekends, and on weekends outside of the summer when it isn't 110+, I had kinda thought I'd be done by now. But if I've learned one thing on this project is to take all estimates and double them: and expect it to take longer than that.

While we are firmly in the 110s, I have managed to sneak some early mornings in this summer in an effort and yesterday I  got the second slat wrapped and installed.

Everything is "done" bar the electrical wiring (which I'm doing at home in the ac as much as I can) and the electrical on the engine (oh, and the cowling). So I'm still hopeful I can get wheels up before next summer.

Over the 6 years I've logged 498 hours of build time and spent just under $64k.

Thanks to everyone on here who has helped me and answered my very dumb questions, looking forward to some "first" videos later this year or early next.

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Comment by Paul Sanders on July 18, 2016 at 11:42am
Thanks Gary. Yeah, my brother in law said he had "wing stands" I could borrow, and that's what he showed up with. I think they weigh more than the plane
Comment by Gary Reed on July 17, 2016 at 11:41pm

Almost there.

Noticed that's a pretty hefty Jack Stand you have there.  Overkill Much? :)

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