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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.

dimpling aluminum sheet

Metalworking Tips

Deburring rivet holes: A 3" Scotchbrite wheel in a variable speed drill motor does a very fast job of deburring long lines of rivet...
glastar kit fuselage

General Tips for GlaStar Fuselage Construction

Bicycle hooks: Don't use bicycle hooks to hold up the fuselage cage! When you put some weight on them, they will straighten out and...
glastar kit delivered in driveway

New Builder?

So you just bought an airplane kit. Congratulations! That big crate is on it's way. Yikes! Now what? You'll be glad to know you're not alone. There...

Effective Low-cost Solutions

Omar and I were sharing how nice it is to find low cost solutions that are effective and I mentioned a few things I...
GlaStar nose wheel bearings. Photo: Arlo Reeves.

Wheel Bearings

I was concerned about the salty sand we landed on in Baja corroding my wheels, so I rinsed them off and went flying, but...
GlaStar horizontal stabilizer spars and ribs

Horizontal Stabilizer Building Tips for the GlaStar and Sportsman

Building a horizontal stabilizer jig: We got the full kit Jan 2nd (1996). Got it home without incident. There was a key part on...

GlaStar Brakes, Gear and Wheel Installation Tips

Gear parts: In doing the gear, I am finding a lot of parts missing: nut plates, several different bolts. Read through the manual to...

Assembling Sportsman Flaps Without Helpers

I didn't have any helpers like the manual warns for bending and drilling the top skins for the flaps since they are 10 feet...
Superior XP-400 piston. Top two are compression rings and the bottom is the oil control ring.

Engine Break-in

Break-in of an engine refers primarily to the initial phase of operation in which the piston rings will "seat" against the cylinder walls. Run-in refers...
Workbench

Building a Workbench & Wing Jig

Here are a few tips on building a suitable workbench and wing jig for the GlaStar and Sportsman submitted by our members. Workbench from the wing...