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Dan Vance

Dan Vance
Dan Vance is a mechanical engineer who has had his private pilot certificate for 45 years. He enjoys creating and fabricating things (website: gdimfg.com) almost as much as he enjoys flying.

DIY Compact Blind-Rivet Puller

  While building my Panther tail kit, I came upon this note in the assembly manual in the elevator joiner photo: “This rivet is impossible...

Releasable Piano Hinge Pin Retainer

There are lots of creative ways that builders have devised for retaining piano hinge pins. Many of them are “permanent,” so if removal is...

DIY Adjustable Rib Centerline Marking Tool

As a new builder I came quickly to the step of needing to mark rib centerlines to align the ribs with the predrilled holes in the skin.

In Case You Missed it

1909 Blériot XI

A near-exact replica of the first airplane to fly across the English Channel.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

How to fabricate sandwich panels, part 3.

The Home Machinist

Bob Fritz visited the TechShop workshop in Menlo Park, California, and got to play with lots of big, shiny toys that any homebuilder would covet.

Continental Pushrod Tube Modification

Owners of a certain type of Continental engine, the cam-at-the-bottom variety, are undoubtedly familiar with the annoying seepage of oil from swaged pushrod tubes and rubber pushrod seals. Now there's a cure, and author Ron Darcey describes the fix.