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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...

Laps and Lapping

Lapping was an important step featured in two recent columns. Last month’s gauge block project and the September 2020 drain adapter both demonstrated basic...

In Case You Missed it

Light Stuff

Dave Martin and company owner Randy Schlitter wring out the RANS S-6 LSA.

Don’t Get Stuck!

Have you ever found yourself in over your head when it comes to taking on a big project?

Aero ‘lectrics

Using LEDs for lighting an aircraft has much to commend it. Low draw, reasonable cost, long life, good visibility. This month, Jim Weir takes us through the beginning steps of building these lighting systems yourself, using off-the-shelf parts and a little ingenuity.

Letters

Searching for Bear Metal After an absence of many years, I'm starting to...