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How to & Builder Tips

Ever wonder how to make a certain part with fiberglass or sheet metal? Or fix an oil leak? These tips can guide you and reduce the amount of head-scratching.

GlaStar wing jig

GlaStar and Sportsman Wing Jig Tips

Building the wing jig: I made my jig so that both wings could be built back to back. I made mirror images of the...
GlaStar N40VX. Photo: Steve Nation.

GlaStar Horizontal Stabilizer Angle of Attack

I flew with Al Sibley in his GlaStar, N40VX. We took some measurements to see how the elevator on his airplane faired with the...

Cheap Paint Booth Lessons

We got to the point on our other project—a TEAM Airbike— where we were ready to shoot it. We're using the Polyfiber (Stilts) system....
Oil Cooler N11YM

Thoughts on Cooling

Oil cooler I did something a bit different with the oil cooler. Since we typically take the oil cooler air from behind cylinder #3 and...

Flush Riveting Tips

The GlaStar is not typically built with flush rivets, but some builders are using them anyway. This does not improve aerodynamics, but helps if...

GlaStar Elevator Stop Plate Installation Tips

DON'T do it like the manual says! The drawings show the stop plate mounted below the elevator bellcrank with the spacer pack modified to...
Roll servo located under the copilot seat.

S-TEC 30 Installation for GlaStar

Parts not supplied by S-TEC: Two pulleys MS 20219-4 Two bolts AN 4-23 (to replace the existing forward aileron pulleys bolts) Location of sub-assemblies Turn coordinator/roll...

GlaStar Hauler

I am in the process of relocating to New Mexico from Arizona and since my project is on its landing gear, moving the airframe...

Build Your Own Auxiliary Fuel Tanks

Soon after purchasing my GlaStar, N757C, from her original owner and builder I contacted Glasair Aviation and inquired about the price of factory-built auxiliary...
Keeping fiberglass parts in a hot attic comes with the risk of warping.

Fiberglass Parts Warping in Hot Storage

Glenn Culver sent this tip. I've had a problem with warped GlaStar doors after storing them in a hot location. If I were to do it...