At age 18, after reading an article from a Sport Flying magazine (08/1979) that I had bought in a second hand book store in 1983, I decided to build a Steen Skybolt.* I was flipping burgers for Burger King and learning to fly at the time.* It wasn’t until a decade later that I had the time and the money to start building. I ordered the plans in ‘93 and later that year a rather long box of steel tubing from Hale Wallace/Steen Aero lab, Marion NC.* I had read somewhere that the Skybolt was an excellent project for the first time builder using simple hand tools.* That was definitely a huge understatement. I started the fuselage in a freind’s garage.* He was building a Glasair III.* He was also welding my fuselage and taught me how to weld.* I was building the wings in my basement.* I moved the project into a hangar that I had bought in ‘99. I ran into many hurdles, sometimes putting the project aside for years out of frustration.* I never wanted to give up, though. I’m hoping by starting a thread that I’ll be able to answer my many questions.