12 May 2013 — A shot of the fuselage, CS spar and wings in my climate controlled storage facility (yes, my dining room).
A point of note to start, I have officially thrown my hat in the ring to be placed on the waiting list for a hangar at Michael J. Smith Field (KMRH) in Beaufort, NC.
As for the build, the prerequisite tasks for the nose are complete and I’m well into the both the nose and canopy builds. The main nose structure is essentially complete, while the canopy is at the beginning stages. In addition, the canopy external glass structure will be completed at a minimum before I haul the fuselage down to NC.
As I noted previously, the big change is that I have decided to hold off on building the strakes until after I’m in NC. The current options I’m looking at –whether it be a hangar or a much larger workshop– should allow me to mount both wings before starting the strake build, which is of course a much more optimized way of building the strakes (not to mention much easier!).
Moreover, as much as it pains me to say this, I will be putting the build on hold after my next NC trip (end of June) to focus on prepping my current house to sell. Depending on what accommodations I end up with down in NC in the near term, my estimation is that I’ll be offline build-wise for a minimum of a month, and perhaps well over 2 months. Of course I will make every effort possible to minimize build downtime.