I've been working on this project for a depressingly long time, but I am ever so slowly getting closer to the end. I started on the kit in the fall of 1997, almost seven years ago.

Big Picture - The structure is essentially complete. Here you see the fuselage, with engine and prop attached. The wings and the rest of the tail surfaces are in the basement. The engine installation is mostly complete, but I still have to fabricate the top of the plenum chamber for the cooling system, and I have to finish off a few other small details.

The avionics and instrument panel installation is essentially complete. I still have to paint the instrument panel and permanently install the fixed, outer parts of the instrument panel. I have a few cockpit details to finish off. The wiring is still a real mess, as I have barely started to tidy up the wire bundles. The cowling is mostly complete, and the canopy is about half done.

I refuse to predict when I will fly, as I would be setting myself up for failure and frustration if I had a schedule to meet. I am enjoying working on the project, and I try to do something everyday. Some day I will be done. See the more complete To Do List for a better idea on how much I have left to do.

You can see bigger versions of these photos in the Construction Photo Gallery.