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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.

rivet gun

Riveting Tips

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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

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

Taming the Tail Wheel Shimmy

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Written by Will Fox, Technical Counselor, EAA Chapter 691, Los Alamos, New Mexico Ever had a tail wheel shimmy on you? If you haven’t, consider...

Switching from Hartzell Blended Airfoil to a Trailblazer Propeller

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I changed the propeller on my Sportsman from a 74” Hartzell Blended Airfoil (HC-C2YR-1BFP/F7497) to 76” Trailblazer composite (HC-C2YR-1NX/NG8301-7X1). These are my learnings and first...
Glastar wing strut attach point cover

Paul Sather’s Neat GlaStar Innovations

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Paul Sather has some neat innovations in his GlaStar.
aileron cove

GlaStar Cove Ribs and Skins Tips

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Aileron cove rib: We found that when installing the left wing aileron cove the lower wing skin is about 3/8" too short to give...
Low corners on the sides of the instrument panel enhance visibility, but the center column could impede access and reduce leg comfort. Photo: Peter Braswell.

GlaStar Systems Installation Tips

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Flap handle detent notches: Trial-fit flap detent notches in the flap actuator lever between the seats prior to chroming. I had to widen my aft-most...

The Zen of Riveting

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Most amateur builders think that riveting is just "plain riveting." You put the rivet in the hole, press the rivet against the metal with...
Muffler shroud

Easy Muffler Shroud

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This is an easy way to make a mold for a muffler shroud layup. I pegged a board which I clamped to the table of...

Fiberglassing Tips

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Working with fiberglass and resin is as much art as it is science. As builders gain confidence and get used to working with fiberglass,...