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First off, I hope that Beej is doing alright with his eye injury. Please keep us all informed...that is scary.

Second, I realize that we're all talking about pulling together a "how to" manual for building the Skybolt/Firebolt and I do mean to be patient to see how this comes together - the timing is perfect for me because I have been circling my wings plans for a while now and am anxious to get started. I've been inventorying what I've got in hand (acquired project) and re-arranging my hangar to make space for the construction.

So I'd like to suggest a topic that would be very helpful to me (Randy, take note): How does one start? I'd like to tackle an aileron; I have ribs cut out as per the plans. I have wing tables. I have the drawings (intimidating as they are). I assume I build a jig, lay things out on the table on, say, butcher paper. What's the first thing I glue? Should I practice using T-88, since I've never used the stuff before, prior to launching into this and ruining parts?

I'm still hoping to run into a builder here in Southern California who's tackled a project like this. I am based at Gillespie Field in El Cajon/San Diego and I can fly to any local CA or AZ airports if required!



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