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Archive: January 1992

The pointy, provocative nose of the Berkut punctuated our heavily processed cover this month. Inside, it was the first of a two-part story on...

January 2022

On the cover: Since its first flight in 1986, Paul Cox has logged more than 3300 hours in N80PC, his second plans-built Mustang II. Photographed by Richard VanderMeulen. Table of contents A Tale of Two Mustangs: Paul Cox has 47 years and 4300 hours in the Mustang II. Prop Job: Building a one-of-a-kind four-blade propeller […]
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Metal Magic: Using Reamers For Accurate Holes

Sometimes a drill bit just won't do. When you want accurate, perfectly round holes in aluminum, you need to use a reamer. KITPLANES editor...
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Metal Magic: Cutting Round Instrument Holes

KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye continues the Metal Magic series with a tutorial on how to cut round holes in aluminum, mainly for...

Gervae Cub Special

After 5 years and 2000+ hrs, I completed my plans built Cub Special. It has a Continental O-200A with Catto Prop, TK1 Shock Monster...

Archive: April 2007

Faithful KITPLANES® readers who picked up our April 2007 issue might be forgiven for thinking we’d lost our minds and put a Piper Comanche...

December 2021

On the cover: Paul Dye flies Mike Lemons’ American Legend MOAC—the “Mother of All Cubs.” Photographed near Wautoma, Wisconsin, by Richard VanderMeulen. Table od contents Homebuilt Aircraft Directory: If it’s out there, it’s in here! MOAC: American Legend builds the “Mother of All Cubs.” Avionics Boot Camp—Garmin Smart Glide: New software that’s an extra layer […]
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KITPLANES – The Independent Voice for Homebuilt Aviation KITPLANES® magazine is the world’s #1 homebuilt aviation magazine. Written exclusively for enthusiasts like you, our editors pack each issue with need-to-know information on building, flying, designing and maintaining your own amateur-built category manned aircraft. Subscribe Today
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Metal Magic: Making Square Instrument Holes In Aluminum

You've built most of your airplane, now it's time for cutting the instrument panel blank. KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye shows you how...
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Metal Magic: Learning To Love the Step Drill

KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye explains the best times to use the so-called step drill (also called a UniBit) for drilling larger holes...

Archive: December 1993

Our end-of-year issue for 1993 was then, as it is now, the annual “homebuilt directory,” which in this edition packed 487 aircraft into a...

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Design Process: Ailerons

Last month we looked at roll control schemes for airplanes where high lift or...

Custom BRS Installation in an RV-9A

Whole airplane parachute systems are a viable option for homebuilts.

To Launch a Light Sport

Bob Fritz uses a couple of HVLP paint guns in preparation for painting his Jabiru J250. Which one is the top gun?

Completions

Builders share their successes.