Thanks for posting your trip report. I really enjoyed having you and Amy visit. So did Bryan.
will be a taildragger by the way. I did set out with a 9A in mind but fortunately Bryan and another pal (Peter Gorman, who missed your visit as he is in Portugal with his RV-6) did not rest until they talked me out of it. Your reference to "soggy turf" on the typical Irish GA field is the main reason. I have also fitted larger main gear tires and a Bell tailwheel fork for the same reason.
The Cessna 180 rubber band kit aircraft was a joke gift from my kids. I think my caption on the box was added when I messed up the second trim tab.
As regards building in a small shop, it is completely natural to me now and I have no other point of reference in any case. A little zen goes a long way. 'Tantric aircraft construction', you might call it. No matter what, build space is one of the smaller problems to be overcome in building an RV. Lack of time, money, energy, perseverance; now those are the real project-killers.
The wings went into the attic (which was designed specifically to take them) through a removable gable-end panel and maintaining access to that panel was the reason why the extension had to be capable of moving back out of the way: Simple really!
More pics here.
This shot is pre-extension. The two timber skids underneath are attached to the wing and help it slide in and out without damaging the skins. The shop apron I'm wearing has a pouch that holds about 150 clecos plus pliers - great for wing skin fitting and removal. The roof is supported down along one side with a full-length lintel beam and the side wall is composed of two removable wall panels, So the entire side wall can be removed,which provides another exit route for the completed fuselage.
As regards flying on mainland Europe. Most Irish and British flyers are hesitant about it also. But Bryan and Peter led a fly-out to France recently and showed us that there is nothing whatever to worry about. ATC are generally GA-friendly and the national languages are required only at very small airfields. Between the Schengen countries, there are no border controls. A lot of our airspace is wide open, especially here in Ireland.
The mountainous area in Tony's photos is Glendalough; an important 6th century monastic centre. The port town is Wicklow and the airfield is Newcastle (EINC).
The missing dessert was delicious by the way - a case of having your cake and eating it.