Improper and Proper D-Sub Connectors

The connector in the left photo was discovered on the back of an autopilot control head that was intermittent. D-subs require a backshell (right...
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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...

In Case You Missed it

Toolcraft

The best tool for certain tasks may require a bit of ingenuity and home...

Light Stuff

After studying Experimental aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board developed 16 recommendations. Roy Beisswenger outlines the good, the bad and the still-needed.
damaged propeller

Down to Earth

Picking up the pieces.

Error Chain

Primed for a problem-engine trouble at the flick of a switch.