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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 wingtip fairing installation

Wingtip Installation Tip

There is a conflict in the wing tip construction as per the Manual (Rev C) Section VI Wing assembly, Fig 43 p.103 instructs you...

Firewall Grommet Alternative

Submitted by Dace Kirk, Phoenix Composites, Mesa Arizona At Phoenix Composites, Inc. we treat the problem of firewall grommets somewhat different. We find that there are...
Rigging jig used to hold the right control stick in a vertical orientation.

Sportsman Aileron Rigging Process Improvement

During the process of final-rigging of the ailerons in our early-model Sportsman it became abundantly clear that a very small number of improvements to...
GlaStar air induction filter

Air Induction Injection Filter

Tom Lempicke submitted this tip about the GlaStar's air induction filter for a fuel-injected engine. One of the things we are up against in putting...
Strut drilling jig

Tips for Installing and Drilling the GlaStar Wing Struts

Trim the fuselage cutouts for spars a little more than you think you need to. Pin and bolt the spars to the cage; slide...

GlaStar Tail Wheel Fitting Tip

For those of you using the tail wheel option, having just attempted to fit this, be aware that the instructions in the manual, Steps 90...

Level-Headed Observations

This builder hint concerns the lowly instrument called the "level." No matter what kind of aircraft you are building, everything evolves from what is referred...
fuel filler parts

Sealing Flush Fuel Necks

Here is an option for sealing the flush fuel necks to the fuel tanks. If you have a metal lathe or have access to...
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...
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