Grease Options

As supply-chain problems continue to make it hard to find the products you seek, it is worth noting that not all manufacturers have the...

Ten Degrees of Presentation

The call came. At the other end was Kevin King, the owner of the resurrected Blue Mountain EFIS from last month’s Home Shop Machinist...

This Is an EXCELlent Idea

For a long time after I bought my first airplane (N2014V, the Cessna 120 heavy), the problem of keeping the aircraft data (weight and...

Making Patches

Saving a metal cowl from self-destruction.
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Metal Magic Special: Paul Dye Shop Tour

Join KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye for a quick tour of his home shop. A multi-airplane builder, Paul has collected tools and techniques...
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Firewall Forward: The Oil Change

Let's get started with the KITPLANES Firewall Forward video series, sponsored by the Tempest Aero Group. In this episode, our editor at large Paul...

Plastic Tubing No-No

The symptom was a static system that leaked like a sieve when tested. Further investigation discovered this AN fitting being used with plastic tubing. AN...
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Firewall Forward Video Series Introduction

A new video series about the major firewall-forward tasks a new airplane builder needs to know.

Temporary Resuscitation

Last month we tackled the wobbly control stick on Kevin King’s SQ2000. This month was going to be about making an adapter to fit...

Can You Keep It Together?

Part of your aircraft kit-building journey will require you to temporarily fasten various components together. For example, maintaining precise alignment while drilling parts that...

In Case You Missed it

Unairworthy: Missing Safety Wire

Some bolts have drilled heads for a reason: They are supposed to be safety...

No Restrictions?

Restrictor fittings that are easy to make.

Going Around

Gallons of ink have been dedicated—with only minor effect—to figuring out what it is...

Practical Electrical

Whats all this reliability stuff anyhow? By Robert L. Nuckolls, III.