Spinner Bulkhead Clocking

Spinner woes were the topic of midsummer musings on Van’s Air Force this year. Specifically, Bill from Virginia commented how, after getting his Hartzell...

The Case of No Rotor RPM Indication

I am now in the flight-testing stage with my Hummingbird helicopter. Personally, I’ve always liked the 40 hours of required flight testing as it...

Plug-Gapping Tool

If you read Paul Dye’s article “Automotive Plugs in Lycomings” in the August 2023 issue, you know that using inexpensive automotive-style single-electrode spark plugs...

The 13 Command(ment)s

For most people, 10 are enough. Laying out a PC board, you’ve got a few more. Remember, now, I’m trying to show you the basics...

Cabin Air

Do not use the engine compartment as a source of fresh air or heat, as there is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Countersinking for a Flush Fastener Fit

In last month’s column, we talked about the procedures needed for installing flush rivets and screws in our kit aircraft projects. As builders we...

Oil Filter Slicer-Off-Er

The process of inspecting an oil filter is not complicated. Slice the top off using a filter cutting tool. Extract the cartridge that holds...

Teflon Tape

Do not use Teflon tape on any fuel system connection. It can deteriorate and leave particles and remnants, which can clog the fuel system,...

Dimpling for Beauty and Speed

Each time you install a fastener on your airplane kit, consider whether the head of that fastener (rivet or screw) should protrude above the...

More PCB Fun

OK, this one is the witch of the bunch. You’ve had two months to download and read all the instructions for Circuitmaker/Traxmaker, and I’m...

In Case You Missed it

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Alternative Energies

One plane, one pilot, 5 tons of garbage: How Jeremy Rowsell plans to crisscross the globe in a Cessna 172 powered by fuel made from recycled plastic. By Dean Sigler.

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.

Tips From the New Guy

Helpers. By David Boeshaar.