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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.

Marking Electrical Wires and Connectors

This couple of tips for marking electrical connections from builder Roy Kokenge might save you some time when you are doing your wiring. Dye for connectors:...
Additional inspection cover for GlaStar aux fuel tank fitting

GlaStar Auxiliary Fuel Tank Tips

Extra inspection hole: I installed an extra inspection hole, located at the connection of aux tank to fuel line. I obtained the parts (doubler...
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Aileron Riveting for Solo Riveters

Riveting the top skins to the aileron nose ribs as described in the builder’s manual is pretty awkward (if not impossible) for solo riveters,...
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Aluminum Skin Protective Plastic

While building and storing the various pieces of your GlaStar it is advisable to leave the white protective coating on the skin sections as...

Baffle Seals

Good baffle seals are critical if the airplane is to spend time hanging on the prop at full throttle. These are AMS3320-spec glass-reinforced silicone, using...

Water Seal

Water leaks and noise have been things I’ve wanted to solve for a long time. Once my Sportsman was painted, I taped some simple...
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...
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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...

The Dave Hulse GlaStar Strut Jig

To borrow this jig, contact Dave Hulse via the members' forum.
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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...