Ok, so after a month-long detour my fuselage is back where it’s supposed to be: in North Carolina. Along with the left wing and motorcycle.
However, before loading the fuselage onto the trailer and departing Virginia for trip #2 down to NC, I decided that I wanted to actually sit in my fuselage and actually look out of the finished canopy for the first time. I started by peeling the protective plastic wrap back over the canopy to just aft of the roll bar.
Then I climbed in and closed the canopy.
This was the general view I saw looking forward over the nose.
And the view 45° out to the right. Yes, the bright garage lights were on, but it was night and remember that my canopy is tinted.
I then lowered the nose significantly to check out the nose gear deploy/retract system with me sitting in the fuselage. Although it sounded like death warmed over, the nose gear actuator did it’s job like a champ both going gear up and then back down.
I then climbed out of the fuselage, replaced the canopy’s protective plastic cover, and loaded the fuselage onto the trailer.
Here’s a shot of fuselage and wing back in it’s proper place: the storage unit in NC.
I still have a few more major build components to bring down, including the canard and the engine, but beyond that I’m calling the build pretty much moved. On my next trip (in a few weeks) I’ll be bringing those last components down along with my very near to final load out of household goods. By the end of October my house should be ready –or very close– to put on the market for sale.