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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.

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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...
Prop gauged by spinner. Photo: Randi Ernst

Propeller and Spinner Installation Tips

Propeller cutout and resin: The template for the cutout in the spinner for the prop blades is incorrect due to the addition by SH...

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...

Wiring the Wings

Our Sportsman wings had been built in the CAC so the wiring was already in place, tied up in a huge coil. Before attaching the...
Strut drilling jig

Tips for Installing and Drilling the GlaStar Wing Struts

Trim the fuselage cutouts for spars a little more than you think you need to. Pin and bolt the spars to the cage; slide...
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...

Use of Van’s Induction Air Scoop in a GlaStar

A number of builders have used this modification—adding an air intake scoop from Van's Aircraft. This description was the procedure that I used, which was...
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 - drilling the flap skin doublers

GlaStar Aileron and Flap Installation Tips

Whilst many have been at Oshkosh enjoying themselves, I have been doing likewise checking out my first wing in preparation for riveting on the...
glastar firewall assembly drawing

GlaStar Firewall Template Tip

I started out by using the supplied template to cut out a cardboard firewall. It did not come close to fitting. I started all...