Hopefully I can give some insight on the whole airplane building thing here . I have been building aircraft from scratch or plans for 15 years . The first thing you want to do before you even buy a kit is to figure out what you want to use it for . That way you can shorten the list of planes down some . Building is actually not that hard if you have simple tool knowledge and can read plans . Dealing with the FAA is actually pretty easy it's the amount of paperwork and having to do it a certain way that holds guys up . The simple fact is as long as you follow the plans and pay attention to the FAA guidelines it should work out fairly good . I currently am completing a LOEHLE 5151 basically a P-51 replica . Any questions about plans or building go ahead and message me .