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Engine Mounts

Many factors go into designing and building good engine mounts, including consideration of the engines thrust line and gyroscopic precession effects. They deserve our respect.

Fixed-Pitch Props

Choosing a prop for your homebuilt is always a compromise that involves consideration of cost, performance, how you'll fly and more. Still, sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. By Ishmael Fuentes.

Hose Protection

Ishmael Fuentes shows you how to protect and cool the hoses in your engine compartment by making a firesleeve.

Shop Talk: V-Block Drill Jig from Scrap

Having problems drilling a precise hole in a tube? Ishmael Fuentes has the perfect-and inexpensive-solution with this nifty, easy-to-make V-block drill jig.

You and the Tube

For some builders, the prospect of flaring hard-line tubing is daunting. Ishmael Fuentes demystifies the process, and shows you how to get good results every time.

Cable-Exit Fairings

Dont let unsightly cable-exit holes spoil the look or performance of your aircraft (not to mention your budget). Ishmael Fuentes shows you how to make a cable-exit fairing inexpensively.

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Aero ‘lectrics

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