We made pretty good progress for the first few months then Gary's efforts trailed off as his first daughter was born. I continued on for another 6 months then my daughter was born in June of 1998. Man, kids really put a dent into these kinds of projects! I built the Kitfox in my garage and I found that progress when building at home is much faster than when building at a location other than your home (our workshop was located at a local airport). The biggest thing about building a plane is doing a little something every day. I found many many days when I just didn't feel like going over to the airport to work on the project.
Progress really trailed
off in '99 and '00 due to a variety of reasons. It's amazing two years
passed so quickly! During those two years, we located Subaru EA81 engines
to power our birds and worked on rebuilding those. I primed my completed
fuselage and mulled over various design problems like how to mount the
engine, the tailwheel, etc.. I also created a propane powered
to mount on the Nieuport and began vacuum-forming ABS plastic shells
which I sell to other Nieuport builder's to facilitate building their
By 2005 I really got going and finished up the Nieuport that year in time to take it to Oskosh. Since then I've put many enjoyable hours on the Nieuport at fly-ins and around the patch. Nothing beats wind in the wires!