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Old 11-01-2017, 07:12 PM
doug_rv7 doug_rv7 is offline
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Perfection is the enemy of completion.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:49 PM
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Compromise is the enemy of quality
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:54 PM
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"Compromise is natural to good design."
- Glen, ESVA
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:01 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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A friend built and flew his homebuilt. It wasn't an RV and had poor performance. Some time later, sitting in the cockpit of his recently-purchased Cessna, my friend said "I didn't have to built this. All I had to do was sign my name a few times."

That was good advice -- I took it; and I've only recently gone astray, building my RV-3B. But I still have and fly my Cessna 180.

P.S. Building an RV-3B is a lot more work than signing my name a few times....
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:20 PM
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Keep asking yourself, “Do I absolutely need to order avionics now?”
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:57 AM
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" If it can chafe, it will chafe "
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:03 AM
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Default Measure twice, drill once.

When we first started building, a friend brought over a [ruined] aircraft part. On it was written:

"Measure twice, drill once. That will be $60, please, for this lesson."

We still have it hanging in our hangar (19 yrs later).
Jordan Grant
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:05 AM
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"If it is difficult, you need a new tool!"
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I have entered the 90% done, 90% left to do zone
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:24 AM
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Default Focus on small projects

Best advice was not to get overwhelmed by building an airplane and instead focus on individual projects. Keeps the sanity in check.
Paul 'Bugsy' Gardetto, Col, USAF (ret)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Timmerman Field)
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:28 AM
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Use the right tool for the job - even if you have to invent the tool.
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