Home Shop Machinist

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Machines! Part 2.

Build Your Skills: Fabric

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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.

Cover Story: Designing Men

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In this first installment of the upholstery series, the author looks at the basics: sewing machines, scissors, needles and thread, and more.

Fine Line Paint Masking

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Masking curved lines can be an exercise in frustration. Most tape will not bend without forming a crease. Multiple strips don't work because...

Completions

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Builders share their successes.

Something to Do

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Upon his retirement, Jim Shy embarked on a lifelong dream of building his own airplane. But before he even decided on a design, he bought a place to keep it: his own airport.

The Usual Suspect, Part 2: Missing Power

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The dark interior of a hangar comes into focus as an announcer says, “Building Time Theater presents, ‘The Usual Suspect, Part Two: The Missing...

25th Anniversary: Loran and GPS take over

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Todays GPS technology has largely supplanted loran as a navigational aid in Experimental aircraft, and thats not a bad thing. By Marc Cook.

Letters

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Tubemiter Link TroubleAfter reading about Tubemiter , I tried the web link and found it did not work. Tube Coping Calculator (www.metalgeek.com/static/cope.pcgi) is a...

What a Drag

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Round versus streamline flying wires.

In Case You Missed it

Learning to Weld

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Ken Scott continues his series on welding with oxyacetylene gas welding, and discovers the art and aesthetic in this traditional technique.

Free Flight

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In a short, late-afternoon flight, Paul Dye takes on a particular Houston cloud formation and exalts in the glory of flying an airplane perfectly suited to his whims.

Completions

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Builders share their successes.

Chamfers and Tapers

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The usual setup for my lathe is to have the compound slide set to...