Absolutely. Anybody who's built any of Vans RV aircraft would look at this thread an call us all wussies!
Uhmmm, yeah, that's sorta' my point (although I haven't built the tailwheel RV-8....yet.)
I'm a private pilot (SEL Instrument Aircraft) and while I don't have 1,000s of hours, I owned a 206 for about eight years prior to selling in June of 2008. It was a '75 U206F and I did a fair amount of bush flying in Mexico, Idaho, etc. I flew as much IFR as I could get in Sunny Northern California -- it was the corporate bus for me so I was flying every week into the Bay Area, etc. As part of my hands-on ownership, I took a semester's worth of classes towards an A&P certificate, and I was personally involved with every Annual and an extensive panel renovation, etc.
I look at the Elise and I think about the standards that apply to aircraft repair and the inherent risks of flight and such and I'm thinking that these two things aren't even in the same universe of possibly bad outcomes. I guess I'm somewhat bemused, but circumspect and respectful, by some of the more cautious sentiments and concerns about attempting a repair.
I then think on some of the crazy stories from the Idaho wilderness about guys snapping half a wing off and strapping/taping plywood to what's left and flying out, etc.
When I think about "How's this thing going to kill me?", the last thing that comes to mind (should I proceed...) is that the repair is going to fail. I'm more likely to get steam rolled by a dairy trunker in San Joaquin County.
Of course, I am a rational actor and I definitely don't have a death wish (But like many of us, I am sure, it is fun to push it....just a bit!)