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Firewall Forward: Carburetors and Troubleshooting

In the next installment of KITPLANES Firewall Forward sponsored by Tempest editor at large Paul Dye gets up close and personal with the evergreen...

Design Process: The Rudder

The fixed portion of the vertical tail of an airplane provides directional stability. The rudder provides directional control. When the pilot deflects the rudder, it...

That’s Shear Nuts

The aircraft bolts we use to build our projects will always be paired with an appropriate nut to complete the mission of holding components...

What a Darling(ton) Noisemaker

Mostly we’d like our airplanes to be quiet. Somehow, “airplane” and “quiet” don’t belong in the same sentence. We’ve got roughly 5000 explosions per...

Another Alternator Gotcha

Well, it seems to be the season for alternator problems, as just this week I had to diagnose another interesting one. As with any...

Cogswell’s Molds, Part 2

Last month I discussed the slump and drape molds that Steve Cogswell used for making fiberglass concealers/accessory panels for his RV-8. (Also see “A...
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Firewall Forward: Intake and Exhaust Systems

In the next installment of KITPLANES Firewall Forward sponsored by Tempest editor at large Paul Dye takes a close look at intake and exhaust...

No Brake Fluid

Perhaps brake lines in the cockpit should be part of the preflight? This aircraft was moments away from having no left brake due to...

Consider a Second Look

I would chance a guess that most aircraft kits are primarily built by one person. While some projects are constructed by groups or teams...
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Firewall Forward: Compression Testing

Unlock the mysteries of the aircraft-engine leakdown test, otherwise known as the differential compression test. KITPLANES engine meister Paul Dye breaks down the process...

In Case You Missed it

Engines of Change

It never fails to amaze me, this choice in powerplants for our Experimental aircraft....

Cleco Card

If you are like most metal airplane builders, you probably have a couple of...

Error Chain

CozyJet dead-stick. Losing an engine was the least of the problems. It was a brake fire that almost destroyed this one-of-a-kind homebuilt.

That’s Shear Nuts

The aircraft bolts we use to build our projects will always be paired with...