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Old 11-30-2019, 04:10 PM
AlpineYoda AlpineYoda is offline
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Location: Boulder, CO
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You guys are great! Thanks for the help, info, and encouragement.

I envy you guys who can build in the garage. My goal is to end up with both an intact plane and an intact marriage. Filling the garage with parts for the next 2-6 years may not lead to either of those...

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Old 11-30-2019, 04:14 PM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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Originally Posted by AlpineYoda View Post
I'm on it! Just trying to figure out where I start building. I really can't taxi a plane from my garage down the street.
The reality is you'll finish it MUCH faster if you can work on it at home. Food is closer. A restroom is closer. The couch and a beer are closer for when you make a mistake. It is easier to heat your garage (or basement) than a hangar. You're always at your house, so it is easy to sneak out into the workshop and spend 5 minutes or 5 hours.

The vast majority of people (not everyone) largely build their airplanes at home and transport them to an airfield for final assembly.

To your other point about the worst case, you're out $4k, you're right. And you should be able to recover part of that on the secondary market.
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Old 11-30-2019, 04:24 PM
AlpineYoda AlpineYoda is offline
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You raise some good points. I had envisioned being able to bring pieces back and forth as I work on them. Seems like some of the early work, the panel, seats, etc are in bite-sizes that will fit in my car and can be worked on at home, while the bigger pieces are kept somewhere else.

So far, my wife is totally supportive of this idea. We have toyed with the idea of buying a Cirrus or Bonanza for a few years, but $500,000 to $800,000 for even a used 7 year old plane simply doesn't work in the budget. Building exactly what we want, fully-customized, for 1/4 to 1/3 the cost seems like the best option.

But a garage full of parts for a few years will quickly exhaust her patience with this.
RV-10 Tail / Empennage kit is out for delivery claims the shipper.... waiting... waiting...

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Old 11-30-2019, 04:38 PM
BobTurner BobTurner is offline
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You can do the tail kit in just 1/2 of a 2 car garage - whose car stays in, and whose goes out, is for you to work out.
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Old 11-30-2019, 06:06 PM
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We built two Cozy MKIV's in my basement. Cut out a section of floor to remove them when the time came. When there is a will, there is a way!
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