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Bob Collins

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Bob worked for Minnesota Public Radio for 27 years, until his retirement in 2019. He now lives to give baseballs to kids as an usher at Target Field, works on an airplane he is building, and a camper he bought for Oshkosh.

“Gonna Finish This Sucker”

Sam Kurtz set out to build an RV-7A. It ended up restoring him.

Unusual Attitude

Guest columnist Bob Collins takes on those who would rush the airplane building process in the name of getting real about the project. To him, the journey is as important as the destination, and he believes he has his priorities straight when he occasionally puts family and friends ahead of spending an extra hour or two in the garage.

In Case You Missed it

Checkpoints

Along the way.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Sandwich panels, part 5-a simple, accurate method for molding flanged parts.

Rabbit Holes

Conquering unforeseen challenges when building, flying, and maintaining an aircraft.

Build Your Skills: Fabric

This month we look at installing the fabric on the wing and how to use rib-lacing, reinforcement tapes, pre-punched holes, and methods of mechanical attachment including pop rivets, PK screws and fabric clips; by Ron Alexander.