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California Custom Metal Polish PIREP

California Custom makes two products of interest to some of us crazy enough to think we want polished aluminum surfaces on our GlaStar or...

Tips for Hat Sections in the GlaStar Wing

Hat section stiffener fitting: The hat section stiffeners have a joggle stamped into each end as they fit under the spar flange and then...

Making Your Own Ribs

Making ribs is a simple process not requiring more than what is found in a standard wood shop. You will need a oak form...

New Builder?

So you just bought an airplane kit. Congratulations! That big crate is on it's way. Yikes! Now what? You'll be glad to know you're not alone. There...

Trimming a Wing Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

Here is how we trim wing skins at R&D Technical Services. Get your work table ready: Purchase a 1-1/4” x 1-1/4” x 1/8” piece of...

Riveting Tips

Dimples: Those cute little depressions around the rivet heads that occur when riveting light skins are almost impossible to avoid. They are caused by...

Locating and Center-Punching Holes

You may have the best tools, but it's knowing how to use them that makes you a craftsman - in this case our members...

GlaStar and Sportsman Tail Section Tips

Counterweight fabrication: A local homebuilder showed me a way to construct a counterweight, and it's much simpler than cutting up the lead sheet. First,...

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...

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