Originally Posted by Carl Froehlich
My experience is ordering all the avionic components as a package deal provided such discounts as well. Here Stein is a rock star!
Do not overlook the benefit of doing the work yourself. The knowledge gained pays dividends for as long as you own the plane.
In keeping with the amateur built aircraft theme, I built my engine from ore that I dug up and smelted from my backyard, plus 100s of parts that I made myself on a lathe from whatever I could forage in the forest. Mostly granite for the cylinders, for example. Found some nice hardwoods for exhaust valves. They tend not to burn much as long as EGT is kept below 150F.
I thought I could rely on pros for the panel since the price was right to save me the trouble, without offending too many do-it-yourselfers. Guess not. Next time I talk to Stein, I will suggest he fire all his people who handle the builds for him!