It took about 2 hours to get to this point; sooner than I would have thought and that is due entirely to the way the parts are labeled and arranged for this kit. I tested each group after completion and there were no issues at all.
I still have the transmitter and T/R switching components to install - that will be on Sunday.
So far, I'm a happy camper.
Although it's a bit too early to mention this yet, I have plans to substitute parts that will allow this kit to operate on 60 meters - but only after successful 40m operation.