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Old 08-24-2012, 09:50 PM
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Default Life changing event, ready or not...

Visited the MotherShip this Tuesday and Wednesday. Flew the plane, caught the grin, placed the order. Was just notified a couple hours ago that the first kit will arrive Monday.

I'm mentally ready, but that's about all. I suppose I could've thought up a thousand excuses for waiting just a little longer, but that line from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" keeps haunting me. You know the one..."if y' don' eat yer meat, y' canna have any pudding."

Special thanks and howdy to Ken and Daryl at Van's... good troops.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:57 PM
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Default Congrats.

Glad you finaly jumped off the fence
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:09 PM
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Default Good Luck

Good luck, take your time, ask a lot of questions and have fun!
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:12 PM
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Default Focus on getting this right not on getting it done

It will be done when it is done and it is the only project you should concern yourself with.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:22 PM
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Good luck. You have just accomplished the hardest step -- starting.

By the way what are the serial numbers up to?

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Old 08-24-2012, 11:43 PM
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By the way what are the serial numbers up to?

-Dave
They call me 120682. Thanks all, appreciate the encouraging words.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:30 AM
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Good to hear you are finally building your own!

Get a pneumatic rivet puller.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:40 AM
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Get a pneumatic rivet puller.
It's already enroute. Back atcha.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:19 AM
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Thanks for the serial number info. 682 really quite amazing.

As for tools. For those prone to carpel tunnel et al, a pneumatic clecoed tool really helps. Scott bright wheel and spindles, and a Cleveland Main Squeez round out the big helpers. Also found that the pneumatic rivet puller that has the actuation lever hinged at the base much easier on the trigger fingers. Yes I am a wimp.

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Old 08-25-2012, 11:30 AM
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Dave, enjoy the build, it's not a hard or complicated project and goes very quickly. If you have some extra funds, consider a pneumatic squeezer. They are extremely fast and require only 1 hand to use.
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