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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.

Wing ribs

Making Your Own Ribs

Making ribs is a simple process not requiring more than what is found in a standard wood shop. You will need a oak form...
GlaStar fuselage bonding process

GlaStar Fuselage Bonding Tips

Joining the fuselage halves: In addition to taping the belly and dorsal seam as per manual, I screwed tongue depressors (one #4 x 3/8...
Imron Elite

Paint Codes for Matching GlaStar Gelcoat

    Matching the GlaStar gel coat can be a challenge, but our members have provided the following tips for getting the right color. DuPont Imron Imron paint...

GlaStar Wing Folding

For a taildragger, folding the wing is an accident waiting to happen. Mess up and you will damage the airplane like I did. I...

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...
GlaStar horizontal stabilizer ribs

GlaStar and Sportsman Tail Section Tips

Counterweight fabrication: A local homebuilder showed me a way to construct a counterweight, and it's much simpler than cutting up the lead sheet. First,...
GlaStar - drilling the flap skin doublers

GlaStar Aileron and Flap Installation Tips

Whilst many have been at Oshkosh enjoying themselves, I have been doing likewise checking out my first wing in preparation for riveting on the...

Fitting A McCauley Propeller on a 4-Cylinder Lycoming-Engine Glasair

Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft does not stock a McCauley spinner installation kit for the Glasair I, II, or GlaStar aircraft. We do stock a McCauley spinner install...

California Custom Metal Polish PIREP

California Custom makes two products of interest to some of us crazy enough to think we want polished aluminum surfaces on our GlaStar or...
Custom molded heated pitot tube by Eric Jones

Streamlined Heated Pitot Tube

Want a unique pitot tube? Follow these instructions from Eric Jones and build a custom heated pitot tube. Eric Jones can be reached via his...