Yes Thunker, I am a licensed pilot but it's been a few years since I've done any flying (other than R/C). I'll need to get my medical certificate renewed, and do some refreshing with a certified flight instructor prior to flying my plane when it's completed. I'll try to upload more photos when I have more of the construction done.
And yes, the covering will be fabric. It's actually Dacron, which is glued to the airframe parts and then shrunk tight with an ordinary clothes iron. After that, it is painted. Some guys use real aircraft dope, some use automotive paint with flex additives, and some just use ordinary latex house paint. I'll probably go the latex house paint route, as it seems to have the best qualities as far as durability, ease of application, clean up, non-toxicity, cost, and ease of availability.
I had done a lot of R/C flying prior to starting my flying lessons, and that helped immensely. I already had a firm grasp of what the controls did to affect the flight of the plane, something which my instructor said was uncommon with most of his other students. For instance, I knew that it was the throttle which makes a plane climb, NOT the elevators as most people think. The elevators actually control the PITCH and therefore the SPEED of the plane. I soloed after only 9 hours of instruction, the second lowest of any person that my instructor had taught at the time.
My instructor said that he had briefly tried R/C flying, but could never get the hang of it. He said that he couldn't maintain his orientation with the plane while he was standing on the ground. He thought that flying real airplanes was much easier than flying R/C, and that anyone who could fly and R/C plane certainly had an advantage when learning to fly the real ones.