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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.

Wiring through the nose ribs. Photo: Russ Beers.

Planning for Wiring Runs in the Wings

Tips are great when you read them before you go down the wrong path. Here are a few that could save you some headache...
GlaStar electric trim installation

GlaStar Electric Elevator Trim

The major benefit electric trim gives in my opinion (if you put the switch on the stick) is that it keeps the main flight...

Straps, Flaps & More

Here are a few things I've done on my GlaStar that others might find interesting. Brake Actuator Support Straps As one applies the brakes in a...

GlaStar Static Port Reverse-Engineered

A number of builders have been wanting to get the exact dimensions for the GlaStar static port that was once available from Stoddard-Hamilton. After...
trimming wing skin

Trimming a Wing Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

Here is how we trim wing skins at R&D Technical Services. Get your work table ready: Purchase a 1-1/4” x 1-1/4” x 1/8” piece of...
Preparing the gel coat. Photo: Zach Chase

GlaStar Fuselage Finish Tips

Exterior screws: countersink screw heads deep enough to fill flush with a couple thin layers of glass. Makes for a smooth surface. - Jim Londo Exterior...
GlaStar nosewheel fork and axle

GlaStar Nosewheel Shimmy

You have to go no farther than the local grocery market to find out how easily castering wheels shimmy (a Cessna will also do)....
Zach Chase window installation videos

New Window Installation Videos by Zach Chase

Zach Chase of Fibertech Composites has been the go-to man when it comes to assembling the Glastar and Sportsman airplanes. His one day of...

Wing Support Jig

If you are ready to attach the wings to the cage no doubt you’ve done some thinking about how you are going to support...
GlaStar rudder in the construction jig

GlaStar and Sportsman Rudder Construction Tips

Tip fairing: You may need to cut the rear of the rudder tip fairing off if it is too long and glass on a...