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Metal Magic: Cutting and Shaping Angle Aluminum

In another segment of KITPLANES' Metal Magic series, editor at large Paul Dye shows you how to accurately cut and artfully shape even large...

Cracked Exhaust

Exhaust cracks can be insidious, although sometimes they leave a gray-looking residue. Use a bright flashlight and inspect them every time the cowling is...

Progress Report: Bits and Pieces of HOG

OK, so we’ve got that 100-watt solar panel firmly bolted to the hangar roof. Let’s take the other pieces that we have to have...
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Metal Magic: How To Back Rivet

Master aircraft builder Paul Dye demonstrates how to "back rivet" metal for a clean, consistent look, and offers suggestions to avoid common mistakes. This series...

Fast, Flat and Simple

Nearly every kit aircraft will require a large, flat worktable for some part of its construction. Large and flat are the important qualities that...

Stage Right

Of all the milling machine jobs I do, 99.99% involve clamping work in the mill vise. Occasionally, a project comes up where the part...

HOG Prime Mover

Time to stop messing around. Time to fish or cut bait. Time to…oh, you know all the rest of that stuff. Me? I’m getting...

Missing Safety Wire

The jam nut on this flap motor is required to be safety wired to prevent the nut from coming loose. There is a lot...
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Metal Magic: Installing Nutplates

Every screw needs a place to go, and for many metal airplanes, that's into a nutplate. KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye shows you...
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Metal Magic: Blind Rivet Techniques

Paul Dye discusses blind or pull rivets—and why they're not just like hardware-store "pop" rivets.

In Case You Missed it

Around the Patch

The Editor-in-Chief discusses how the improper cut of his instrument panel affected the performance of his Dynon autopilot; by Marc Cook.

Pole to Pole!

Around the world over both poles (part 1). By Bill Harrelson.

FRED to Florida

After more than 50 years, Eric Cluttons original prototype is still flying. By Geoff Jones.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.