I would like to say my work is above average but in reality it is probably just that, average. I have seen some BAD work and they seem to fly just fine. I have also seen some skilled craftsman, like Dan H, forge the way for us to follow. I think I fall squarely in the middle which is OK with me. The key to a good build is recovery. Recovering from those inevitable mistakes we all make.
As for the suggestions, I WELCOME them. I may not decide to use them but I sure like to contemplate what could be done to improve my build.
I've heard about the cooling ramp cracks, I think Van's has too. I am not 100% positive but I think the ramp is designed slightly different now than the earlier kits. Not saying it isn't still prone to cracking but I gooped it up with sealant pretty good in an attempt to reduce/absorb vibration. Many RVs are flying without additional fire protection. There is risk there. I think I have decided to also assume that risk although an engine fire certainly scares me quite a bit.
I have thought about adding a stainless steel "floor mat" under the rudder pedals. That might provide a bit of fire protection as well as some dampening affect. Haven't really crossed that bridge yet although I'm using the ground adjustable rudder pedals and am wondering why the plans don't mention riveting them in before riveting/closing up the bottom forward skins.
My next major decision is battery location. I am thinking dual LiFePo batteries in the forward baggage well. (They are so light it won't really effect CG and will allow a much shorter wire run.). I think I want to make a battery door hatch in the rear baggage area even if I don't mount the battery back there. Decisions, decisions.