My Skybolt: I have ran out of things to do. :0\

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    Beej

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    What an odd feeling. I am sat here, mellowing out on some 12 year old Black Label Johny Walker, thinking about today's' usual visit to the hangar to work on the 'Skybolt project that never ends'. Well, today, it did. I finally finished up on the glasswork/front windshield (which has been hell to deal with).

    I then started looking around for the next '15 minute project' that will take the whole weekend or more, to complete, and began to realize, there wasn't one, I have nothing left do - except paint the darn thing. I'll repeat, NOTHING LEFT TO DO. Wow. After 12 years (which didn't go unnoticed, that that happened to match the whiskey vintage!), I cannot find anything that needs fabricating. Speechless, I am.

    Of course, there is always something to tweak, and 400 hours of paint, but you get my drift....
     
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    Nice problem to have! Congrats...now get to work on the paint!!
     
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    Great!
    Get the damn thing painted so I can come see it. You staying at Georgetown or getting a hangar at Taylor?
     
  4. Feb 4, 2018 #4

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    GTU is 11 minutes from my house. :) . I ain't going anywhere...lol
     
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    Bravo!
     
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    That must be a great feeling. Congratulations
     
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    You, Sir, Are to be congratulated.... cheers!
     
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    Beej, glad to hear you have reached that 90/90 point. Get that thing painted, and get it in the air!
     
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    Paint seems like a problem to solve too though....
    You must see the light!
    Congrats so far!
     
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    Way to go, Beej! Well done!
     
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    Thanks, Jerry. I know you was one of those there, right at the beginning. We have both come along way......
     
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    Beej I know the feeling, you start with stars in your eyes and what seems like an overwhelming task, for me it was yellow legal note pads many of them with list for wings, and lists for fuselage , landing gear covering, and lists for parts and hardware as well as things to do, then one day you come to the end of the list, and as you have found out it is a most incredible feeling! For many they do not ever want to do it again, and for others, can't wait to get started on their next one!

    My son Dan has told me on several occasions, especially when I was bitching about something that was more than a challenge, said Dad if it was easy everyone would do it, followed by Dad if people really knew how hard it was to build and airplane, they would never do it!

    It is a most incredible feeling, that a very small group of people ever experience and you more than anyone deserve the feeling and recognition. Dave
     
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    Beej:
    Glad to see you've completed the building portion of your project. Enjoy the whiskey and the break while you can because your in for a lot of hours of work with the painting. It's not as easy as it seems and takes a lot longer than you might think.
     
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    Congrats Beej! Looking forward to watching your progress as you move into the painting.
     
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    Yup, I am under no illusions, I have done the research, and my paint theme is going to kick my ass in the coming months.

    This project will not end till the plane touches down at Oshkosh. Then the journey is over. I am planning this will happen at Osh' 2019.

    final_2_0_john_nunn_skybolt_all (1).jpg
     
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    Congrats, Beej! I hope the paint goes smoothly, and look forward to seeing your progress.
     
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    Speaking of smoothly... wait another six years and reward yourself with some 18 year old Scotch. I'm partial to Lagavulin, but it's not for everyone.

    Paint ought to be done by then. And... congrats.
     
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    Cheers, Dave.
     
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    A friend of mine says it smells like “fresh asphalt squeezings”. I like though, good stuff!
     
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    Beej, if you get bored, you can come to my shop. I still have a crap ton of work to do!
     
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