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Metal Magic: Drilling Like a Pro

It pays to get good with drilling because you'll be doing a lot of it.
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Metal Magic: Tools

In this episode of our video series, Paul Dye describes some of the common tools a builder of a metal airplane will use. This series...

Keeping It Simple and Affordable

The freedom to roll your own electrical system means you can make things very simple or very complex as desired.

Clean Oil Makes for a Happy Engine

You can do two things that will extend your engine’s life more than any others: Fly your airplane regularly and change your oil as...

Cylinder Hones and Honing

Honing and lapping are similar inasmuch as both employ abrasive action to remove metal and refine the finish of the surface that’s being honed...
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Metal Magic: Shop Safety

In the first episode of the new KITPLANES Metal Magic video series, our host Paul Dye, multi-time builder and former NASA Flight Director, takes...

Makin’ PC Boards

Looking back at projects in prior issues of KITPLANES®, I realize I’ve given you a lot of good ideas for circuits without telling you...

Clearly the Same?

There are two materials that are commonly used for homebuilt windshields and windows: Lexan and Plexiglas.

Where’s the Throttle?

Engine controls, and all other controls in the cockpit, should be labeled as to function and direction. It is standard practice to use black...

1990 and 2006 Redux

Way back in 1990, when I had brown hair and was a wee lad of 47, I did one of my first KITPLANES® articles...

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

Columnist Jim Weir offers his annual awards for the best products or services seen at Oshkosh/AirVenture 2007.

Build Your Skills: Fabric

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.

Air Power

The art of porting cylinder heads, whether by hand or by CNC machine, is a valuable part of blueprinting detailed engine builds or overhauls, and surprisingly subtle changes can determine how efficiently the engine will breathe.

Letters

Weight ReductionI enjoyed David Paule's article about saving weight in aircraft construction . However,...