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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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GlaStar Cove Ribs and Skins Tips

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...
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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...

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...
Nose rib and skin on left GlaStar wing

Rib and Skin Fitting

Skin/rib fitting: I'm sharing my experience with horizontal stabilizer skinning, for the benefit of anyone else who's having trouble pulling the skin far enough...
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GlaStar and Sportsman Flap Construction Tips

Flap track guide hints: Rivet the flap track guide arms and reinforcement angles to rib pairs A & C and the Deployment arms (pair...
GlaStar wing in its jig

GlaStar Wing Assembly Tips

Positioning the leading edge wing skins: In positioning the leading edge wing skins, I found it easier to start by clamping one edge in...

GlaStar Wing Spar Tips

There is quite a bit of manufacturing tolerance in the spar assemblies. My aft spar was a good .10" shorter than it should have...

Riveting the GlaStar Top Skins

Riveting on the top skins: I used saw horses, carefully set up, to support the wings instead of putting them back in the wing...

GlaStar Aileron Rigging

Written by Cal Spangler, S-H Technical Support One of the biggest challenges for GlaStar builders arises in the "home stretch" of the project. This challenge is...
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GlaStar and Sportsman Aileron Construction Tips

Fitting the aileron skin: In fitting the aileron skin, after clecoing the lower skin surface to the aft ribs, it is easier to turn...