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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.