I dread returning home from Sun ‘n Fun.
It’s not having to explain how I blew up the credit card or even listening to some mild complaining about the sand in my dirty clothes.
What got in the way and where did the time go? Oh, I suspect any of you could pass that ‘fill in the blanks’ test. In my case, it was relocating to an out-of-state job that led to significant lifestyle changes when we bought a 15-acre farm in the Middle West. The Nieuport, and even flying itself, quickly took a back seat to getting the farm in working condition (by a guy who grew up in the suburbs), not to mention a complete gut-and-remuddle of the century-old farmhouse.
Before the big move, I had been steadily making progress with three good friends (each building their own copy, for a total of four aircraft). Bill, Wayne and Steve eventually moved on to other interests as well. Wayne did end up buying an already-completed Siemens-Schuckert (essentially a German copy of the N11), in which he promptly made an impromptu “landing” in someone’s back yard after an engine failure (he walked away and the S-S did fly again). Steve decided to move up to an RV-8A project, so I snagged the one set of main wings we had completed, which gave me a 95%-complete airframe.And that’s about where things stalled for twenty years. The Nieuport in semi-assembled form did get one outing at my employer’s annual car show, where it drew a lot of interest but garnered no awards, alas.
Growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, my dad had a wooden sailboat project that he never finished. It got moved from house to house with his own job changes, and he eventually “shortened his lines” and sold it. In later life, he bought a nice 18’ fiberglass sailboat in which we spent many pleasant hours on Lake Sinclair in Middle Georgia.
I’m not ready to abandon the project yet, so maybe this will be the year in which I finally move it to the front burner.
Anyone else interested in a forum on restarting a stalled project?