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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.

Sportsman top deck. Photo: Zach Chase, Fibertech Composites

GlaStar Top Deck Installation Tips

Lifting eye slots: when laying out the dimensions for the lifting eye slots in the top deck, be sure to make an inside measurement...
Oil Cooler N11YM

Thoughts on Cooling

Oil cooler I did something a bit different with the oil cooler. Since we typically take the oil cooler air from behind cylinder #3 and...
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...

The Zen of Riveting

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

Taming the Tail Wheel Shimmy

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...
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...
rivet gun

Riveting Tips

Dimples: Those cute little depressions around the rivet heads that occur when riveting light skins are almost impossible to avoid. They are caused by...
GlaStar elevator construction start

Elevator Building Tips for the GlaStar and Sportsman

Keeping twist out of the aft elevator partial spar: There is a discontinuity between the aft edges of the elevator respective to each end...
GlaStar Rudder

GlaStar Rudder Installation Tips

Marking the rudder spar rivet line: When I set the rivet line on the spar, I ran a taut string under the top and...
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