Time for an update. Structurally, the fuse is done. It needs a couple random chunks of balsa replaced (damn tree branches). The vertical stab is rebuilt and covered, the fuse saddle was modified to accommodate the new style wing and the high speed needle valve/backplate is replaced on the os 46fx. I still need to drill the new holes for the wing bolts, sand and coat fuse with balsa rite and recover, mount the engine, wing servos, horizontal stab, landing gear etc.... still a ways off but I'm closer than I was. It sure would've been easier to buy a whole new plane (119.00 from my lhs) but I've had this old gal for a while now and wasn't ready to give up just yet. Just before my last flight I was showing it off, talking to a guy about how I needed to re-cover it! The covering was rotten, the color was gone in spots; in fact, it had patches on patches and came back each flight with a new tear. It's all for the best; time for a thorough re-do.