How long did it take?

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How long did it take?

Aircraft construction takes a long, long time.  Not only does it take a lot of hours, but a significant commitment to devote the time to see the project through.  It also takes a certain level of understanding from family and friends that you're going to be in the garage "working on the plane again" instead of spending time with them.  It helps if they enjoy working on the plane with you.

My estimate was that it would take me around 750-1000 hours for the kit I built.. (Quickbuild fuselage, standard wing kit)   It ended up taking around 1200-1300 hours over 26 months.   It is not uncommon for the older (non pre-punched) kits to take upwards of 2000 hours to complete.

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Month Hrs Total
Jan 2002 51.25 51.25
Feb 2002 32.50 83.75
Mar 2002 31.00 114.00
Apr 2002 37.75 151.75
May 2002 36.50 188.25
Jun 2002 63.50 251.75
Jul 2002 61.25 313.00
Aug 2002 79.00 392.00
Sep 2002 34.75 426.75
Oct 2002 64.50 491.25
Nov 2002 33.00 524.25
Dec 2002 37.50 561.75
Jan 2003 30.50 592.25
Feb 2003 52.00 644.25
Mar 2003 47.50 691.75
Apr 2003 44.75 736.50
May 2003 51.75 788.25
June 2003 70.75 859.00
 

Slow and steady...