For the behind the panel, etc....the option for extinguishing is the same as an engine compartment fire: basically use one of the little extinguishers that remotely deploy which are sold for racing. I figured it was partly a bad choice of words. You're one of the brighter folks on the forum and thus the idea of blindly following any suggestion didn't seem to fit with my experience with you. My first time in an RV made me wonder what all the fuss was about actually. It was one of the noisiest closed cockpits I have over been in even with, as you said, headphones on. They handle beautifully though- if anything a little too responsive but it fits with the "poor man's fighter" look- and I guess that's an acceptable tradeoff for the thousands of people who own them. I certainly wouldn't turn up my nose at one and completely understand why they are basically the yardstick against which homebuilts are generally judged. I don't want quite business jet plush either (mostly because that sort of luxury makes me want to sleep and/or drink when sitting in it) but I also don't want to feel like I found my "getting from point A to point B" ride by jacking it from the poor end of a grass strip either or that I got lazy and never finished the cockpit. There's a happy medium somewhere in the middle there. Thanks for all of the other input. I appreciate getting my views questioned, critiqued and corrected when necessary by those with the experience and education to be able to point me in the right direction.