Westfall Special past and present.
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Building Unusual

Westfall Special past and present.
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Kitplanes April 2020

April 2020

On the cover: Scott McDaniels pilots his RV-6A near the Van’s Aircraft factory in Oregon. Scott—who works at Van’s in the company’s prototype shop—carefully rebuilt the airplane, which he acquired after it had been damaged. Photographed by Ed Hicks near Portland, Oregon.
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2020 Propeller Buyer’s Guide

Finding the right prop.
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March 2020

On the cover: Paul Dye and Nick Otterback enjoy an early morning flight in the Arion Lightning 340. Photographed by Richard VanderMeulen near Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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Familiar Face

A lighter, more powerful engine gives the Lightning better performance.
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Take the Glare Out of That Glareshield

Many popular aircraft kits‭ ‬utilize a sheet of aluminum to form the‭ ‬glareshield‮—‬that‭ ‬“shelf”‭ ‬located above‭ ‬the instrument panel and below the‭ ‬windshield‭. ‬While this component‭ ‬provides a cover to the avionic components‭, ‬it also can function as a mirror to send blinding sunlight into your eyes and block‭ ‬your vision‭. ‬A more accurate description […]
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A Wooden Kneeboard for Tablets

While I owned my‭ ‬Fisher FP-404‭ ‬‭(‬“Restoring a Stored Homebuilt‭,‬”‭ ‬February 2017‭), ‬I was using an Android smartphone running the free Avare navigation app for what limited cross-country flying I‭ ‬did with that plane‭. ‬As it was a wooden‭ ‬plane‭, ‬a homemade wooden holder for‭ ‬the smartphone seemed more in keeping with the wood structure […]
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Sporty’s PJ2

For a couple‭ ‬of hundred bucks‭, ‬why‭ ‬argue about whether a handheld VHF‭ ‬com radio is worth having‭? ‬Top-of-the-line tablets can cost five times as much and navigate with‭ élan, but no com. The VHF market isn’t nearly so vibrant as things that run apps, but Sporty’s is out with a new one called the […]
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Dimple die polished

Home Shop Machinist: Power Polishing Promise

Back in the February 2019 issue of KITPLANES®, I promised a column about polishing on the lathe. I’m finally able to make good on that promise thanks to this month’s project: a dimple die tool that I made as a companion to last month’s project, the Findlay punch. A dimple die (also known as a […]
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Kitplanes February 2020

February 2020

On the cover: Joe Flood flies Big Toot, Tommy Meyer’s Lindy Award winning, tandem biplane. Photographed near Oshkosh, Wisconsin, by Richard VanderMeulen.
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Geared Drives Remembered

The innovative work of Bud Warren contributed much to the homebuilt community and saved many an engine from being relegated to the scrap heap. By Rick Lindstrom.

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Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Changing a Perfectly Good Airplane

Designing and building a modified RANS S-9, part 2. By Michael Ryer and John Wells.