Tall Transmission Tales

(Antennas, Chapter 3)
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Low-Cost Spark Plug Ohm Tester

This handy tester is rugged enough to be stored in your tool tray with your other spark plug tools without fear of damage. It can be built for less than $10 in less than 30 minutes. Here’s what you’ll need: Harbor Freight 7-Function Multimeter (often free with any purchase at Harbor Freight). If you don’t […]
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Temperature Sensor Restoration

Home Shop Machinist
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Antennas According to Jim (Ch. 2)

Aero 'lectrics.
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motor mount rubber

Unairworthy: Isolator Mount Problems

Rubber isolator mounts should not have a gap between them and the engine mount when properly torqued.

Antennas According to Jim (Ch. 1)

First, let’s talk about “polarization”; there are three polarizations. The first two are easy.
Blue film removal

Easy Blue Plastic Film Removal

A near-zero-effort way to remove the protective blue plastic film from large sheets of aluminum.
From left to right: A photographer’s loupe, two watchmaker’s loupes, and a folding pocket loupe.

Home Shop Machinist: Magnification

A typical day in the shop for me would be unusual if I didn’t use a magnifier at least once.

Unairworthy: Loose Tail Attach Bolt

This is a very critical bolt that attaches the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage in an aerobatic airplane. The bolt is not tight, and...
The Superior IO-360 engine stripped and ready for cylinder removal. Note that oil return lines are capped as are the intake tubes in the sump. Until the decision has been made to completely tear down the engine it is best to protect everything as you go.

Maintenance Matters: Engine Overhaul Part I

Evaluation and Removal.