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Reiff Lorenz bought a Velocity XL-RG kit in 2011, but he actually started the project in 2009 and spent just $52 in the first two years (reserving a registration number and subscribing to KITPLANES®). His wife, Melissa, spends weekends cutting fiberglass and dreaming of vacations in Florida with her three dogs. He would love to hear about the inexpensive ways you’ve found to start your project or accelerate your progress.

Ready to Build?

You can begin your aircraft project right now—before even deciding on a kit. Here are 10 ways to get ready to build.

In Case You Missed it

Free Flight

Acknowledging risk and taking steps to minimize it are safer than denying that it exists.

Getting Started on the GlaStar Project

Starting on the wings and ordering more parts.

Unusual Attitude

If you want to install an alternative engine in your aircraft, make sure you've thought through the issues of weight, thrust line, cooling and cowling.

Sikorsky S-38 Project

Building a 55%-scale, amphibious twin-engine flying boat seems like an ambitious project, and it is. But this former WW-II B-25 commander with four homebuilt aircraft already under his belt tackled it anyway. By Rick Lindstrom.