Supermarine Aircraft Mk 26B

Quick and nimble, with distinctive elliptical wings: The Spitfire was a classic WW-II fighter plane. Now a 90%-scale kit, true to the original, makes this inspired design available to the homebuilder.

Stretching The Envelope

Flying the SuperSTOL Stretch XL with a 180-hp ULPower engine.

Wag-Aero Super Sport

The easy-to-build, high-wing Wag-Aero Super Sport CUBy combines the Cubs classic looks with modern technology and materials, increasing both maximum weight and payload. Using engines of up to 150 horsepower, the Cub offers great short-field performance, high roll rates and easy glideslope control-a great option for those who cant afford vintage prices.

Taylor Monoplane

Bob Grimstead has way too much fun and gets plenty of wind in his face as he flight-tests the plansbuilt Taylor Monoplane.

Legacy Act

Marc Cook takes a close look at Erik Larson’s Legacy and finds out why Lancair’s rework of its seminal 200-235-320-360 design is as swoon-worthy as its predecessors.

Zenith 750 Cruzer

Zenith 750 Cruzer: Civilizing the 750 for the asphalt crowd.

Waiex-B

The B stands for bigger.

The $30,000 RV-9A

Two builders helped each other build RV-9As, each employing significantly different outlays of cash. The results are impressive in both cases, but for different reasons. They help us ponder the question as we build: What is something worth? By Marc Cook.

Hatz Classic: A Homebuilt Waco

First-time builder Ron Sieck’s Hatz Classic biplane comes charmingly close to perfection. By Ed Wischmeyer.

Traveling Machine

Van's two-seat RV-12 LSA proves itself as a surprisingly travel-friendly cross-country airplane. By Marc Cook.

In Case You Missed it

Marking Rivet Locations

Laying out rivet patterns can take a lot of time, especially when the drawings...

Builder Liability and You

There are ways to protect yourself from lawsuits when you sell a homebuilt aircraft. These include accurate and complete documentation of the building process, adherence to manufacturers instructions during the build, a good record of safe flight over a period of time, third party liability insurance protection and a signed liability waiver.

Build Your Skills: Fabric

The fabric has been applied to the airplane structure, its been tightened properly, and now its time to apply the first chemical coat to seal it. Ron Alexander takes you through the process and also introduces the various ways of attaching the fabric.

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook weighs the relative merits of perfectionism in building and maintaining homebuilts versus using the aircraft for its intended purpose: flying.