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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 flap under construction

GlaStar and Sportsman Flap Construction Tips

Flap track guide hints: Rivet the flap track guide arms and reinforcement angles to rib pairs A & C and the Deployment arms (pair...
Lempicke header tank

Tom Lempicke’s Aluminum Fuel Header Tank for the GlaStar

This tip was submitted by Tom Lempicke. Modifications to the fuel system can lead to serious consequences, so be sure you know exactly what...

White Powders of Fiberglass Construction

Every Glasair and GlaStar kit contains plastic bags of the white powders (guaranteed to raise the suspicions of any DEA agent!) that we know...

GlaStar Boost Pump Installation

The old hands at aircraft building in my area impressed upon me that it was necessary to mount a boost pump, if using one,...

Marking Electrical Wires and Connectors

This couple of tips for marking electrical connections from builder Roy Kokenge might save you some time when you are doing your wiring. Dye for connectors:...
GlaStar bulkhead B

GlaStar Bulkhead Installation Tips

Bulkhead layups: On my last trip to Germany, I purchased special brushes designed for painting behind radiators. They are about 18" long with the...
Prop gauged by spinner. Photo: Randi Ernst

Propeller and Spinner Installation Tips

Propeller cutout and resin: The template for the cutout in the spinner for the prop blades is incorrect due to the addition by SH...

Sportsman Control Stick Installation

Q&A Q (Dennis Vanatta): Installing the sticks is one of those things which it seems needs to be right the first time, since there’s no...
rivet gun

Riveting Tips

Dimples: Those cute little depressions around the rivet heads that occur when riveting light skins are almost impossible to avoid. They are caused by...
Sportsman top deck. Photo: Zach Chase, Fibertech Composites

GlaStar Top Deck Installation Tips

Lifting eye slots: when laying out the dimensions for the lifting eye slots in the top deck, be sure to make an inside measurement...
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