Daniel, I think you'll like the Easy Eagle as a first project. Construction of the fuselage is similar to the Sonerai maybe a little less complicated (though both are pretty easy). Engine systems are essentially the same as the Sonerai. Both fly light on the controls from what I have learned, but the Easy Eagle should be a little more comfortable as far as speed and response.
My tailwheel transition was unconventional in that I took two hours of dual in a Pacer (did not really enjoy that), then taxied my newly rebuilt Cinquanta Wasp for many hours. I eventually got my feet to learn the dance, and my head out in front of the airplane, and all went very well. 20 hours later it was second nature, but I give the credit to Joe Cinquanta's great design.
There is a great forum you should check out: sonerai.net. There is a ton of great information on VW conversions and a very helpful group of builders and pilots. You might also give Steve Bennet at Great Plains a call and ask him about other Easy Eagle builders/flyers. I know at least two have been completed and flown. The original designer (Grosso?) also built an Easy Eagle II, but it was discontinued.
Keep us informed of your progress. Since the Easy Eagle will be my next build, I will be very interested in how your build goes. Best of luck in your quest to build and fly this attractive little biplane. Maybe one day we can form up and fly them into Airventure.
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