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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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...