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Old 01-08-2021, 01:03 PM
MK77 MK77 is offline
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Originally Posted by Captain Avgas View Post

2. Whether the aircraft has a C of A. If you sell an incomplete project expect to lose a bundle of’ll be selling to bargain hunters and you will not get back the price of the parts. Everyone who starts an RV build thinks they’re going to finish the aircraft....but the majority who start at the empennage do not finish and lose considerable money. Sadly, the more they build the more they lose....selling a 90% completed project will produce the biggest loss.
+1 on point #2 above. When I was looking to start my project, I ran the numbers and would not have been able to afford to RV if I purchased a "brand new" kit, engine, etc. I was actually looking to purchase a Sonex kit which was more in my affordability range. Then a friend turned me on to a builder selling an RV-7 project with the wings done, fuse done, new engine hung, lots of build time put into it. He had a prop and avionics in boxes, wire, tools etc. We negotiated a price that was substantially less than what he had into it, never mind the thousand hours of labor. Mel had done a EAA tech inspection on it, quality looked good, so I loaded the whole lot up in a rental truck and now have a flying RV-7. I guess I'm a bargain hunter haha.
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Old 01-08-2021, 01:03 PM
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But then I also know myself, and know the limits of my attention span. So...
That is actually the thing. I too am like that to some extent but there are so many different things to investigate and figure out that it makes the project the right fit for me. I never get bored with it.

I will say that when I started I really had no idea how much work it was going to be to finish the plane. I thought it would be a big project but it is much bigger than I imagined. Now that might be partially due to my "customization" of different aspects and people will tell you that is the best way to slow down the build. I tend to agree but... I still do it. I am trying to not do it as much as I did earlier though.
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* Cabin Interior - In progress
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* Both Wings fully skinned
* Fuel Tanks Complete - No leaks finally
* Ailerons Complete
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Old 01-08-2021, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Mel View Post
I get paid to look at airplanes! Can you beat that?
Of course I can Mel - I get paid to fly, test, and evaluate them!
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Old 01-08-2021, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Ironflight View Post
Of course I can Mel - I get paid to fly, test, and evaluate them!
Yeah, You've always been an exception. But not many can say that.
Mel Asberry, DAR since the last century. Over 1,000 certifications accomplished.
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Old 01-08-2021, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Mel View Post
There are 2 kinds of people who retire. The ones who work more than they did when they had a job, and the ones who sit on the couch until expiration.

The best scenario is finding a job or hobby that you really enjoy. I get paid to look at airplanes! Can you beat that?
I ordered my tail kit the day after I retired. But I’m not sure I fit the first category. Had a deal with the wife that I wouldn’t be less available than when I got paid to work for a living.
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