I have had a good look at the photos of the shuttle and I am struck by how simple the construction is. It doesn't look to me to be a very complicated structure at all. Some metal framing but mostly a simple frame of dimensional lumber covered by flat panels of thin plywood. Some metal here and where necessary but mostly blended together with bondo. No complicated carpentry anywhere.Oh, and John P. believe me it will take more than a new coat of paint to restore me lol.
What surprises me that it has been so difficult to restore over the years. Any competent wooden boat builder would have had a easy time of it.
I am sorry that Lyndie didn't come public before deciding to auction her. I am sure the ST community could have found a suitable individual to restore her.