To solder all eight wires it took almost an hour. In my case before I could solder the wires I needed to strip them. Meaning, getting the exposed wire longer by cutting the wire's rubber coating. After that, it took almost fifteen minutes to get over the learning curve of how to solder. Once this was completed it was smooth sailing from there on out. I also learned that you can never use too much solder because a partial connection could break mid flight and cause the quad copter to have that engine stall causing it to crash, which is very very bad. This is why you see in the pictures the liberal use of solder.
In addition to soldering I just got an email saying that my control chip is in for the quad copter and it is ready for me to pick up. This is the main reason I could not do more with the quad copter than solder. The control chip is the heart of the quad copter and with out it can't fly. Now that I have the control chip I can finish attaching the wires and start to program. Once programming is complete than I can fly.