Well, I took her out yesterday. After many tweaks / repairs etc. she made her maiden flight from the ground!
After adjusting the tail stabilizers, the aileron linkages, and removing the tail wheel, I decided to take it out and see what came of it. We primed her engine, hooked the propeller to the spring starter, leaned the mixture a little, and she was purring.
Tyler was holding on to it to make sure it didnt fly off, I stood back, upped the throttle, and told him to let go. It went across the parking lot beautifully, then after about a 20 foot takeoff run, she went airborne!!! 6 feet into the air she soared... lol
Unfortunately the joy was short-lived, as approximately 3 seconds into the flight, the prop somehow got caught up with the spring starter (not my fault!), and the jolt of the engine suddenly stopping threw the plane into a hard right bank, 1 second later, the right wingtip hit the ground and it was obvious from the state of the spring starter and prop that the flying day was over. I still went home with a smile on my face though... something I had built from scratch actually made it off the ground!!! Beautiful!