Welcome Nate! Nice to see another build in the North East. Dig through VAF archives there is an enormous knowledge base here. Mark other builders' websites. Ask here. Questions like which primer to use, how to drill out a rivet, should I replace this or that, sand or deburr etc will always trigger a great conversation.
There is a good contingent of builders in your area. Some of them are lurking here but many quietly build under the VAF radar. There are several fly ins near Boston they attract flying RVators and builders. Find them engage them great help and motivation.
You chose the right plane the right model. The learning curve will be very steep during the empennage build.It will somewhat level on the fuselage assembly then will climb again after you get Firewall Forward. If I can do it anybody can. Just do it you won't regret.