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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.

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...
Custom molded heated pitot tube by Eric Jones

Streamlined Heated Pitot Tube

Want a unique pitot tube? Follow these instructions from Eric Jones and build a custom heated pitot tube. Eric Jones can be reached via his...

White Powders of Fiberglass Construction

Every Glasair and GlaStar kit contains plastic bags of the white powders (guaranteed to raise the suspicions of any DEA agent!) that we know...

Fiberglassing Tips

Working with fiberglass and resin is as much art as it is science. As builders gain confidence and get used to working with fiberglass,...
GlaStar wing jig

GlaStar and Sportsman Wing Jig Tips

Building the wing jig: I made my jig so that both wings could be built back to back. I made mirror images of the...

Trimming Doors

I installed one of my doors today and I found a method that helped mark the door for trimming. I’m not sure if someone...
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...

Peel and Stick Washers

Submitted by by Mark Kokstis, GlaStar I am submitting a suggestion that may just cut down on the frustration level of builders. I had many problems...
GlaStar waterline level reference

Tips for GlaStar Waterline Marking

Water level: When marking your waterline on the fuselage or leveling it to install the gear, don't use S-H's string method. Make a water...
nutplate

Nutplate Installation

Dimpling nut plates: It can be difficult to dimple the nut plates. One of our A&Ps came up with a trick for not dimpling the...
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