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Tools and Tips

These tools and tips have proven invaluable in the successful construction of my kitplane.  Sometimes I learned the hard way that there was a better way, or that a different tool would have made a difficult job much easier. Maybe something you see here can help you avoid troubles of your own.


I have quite a collection of tools, and sometimes I accidently had the right tool for the job, but every once in awhile I needed something very specific.  In those cases I'm glad I bought exactly the right tool instead of making do.  Read here about the tools I found invaluable.

Or, go here tell us about your best tools, to read what other Kit Plane Advice readers have to say about tools, or to ask your own questions about Kit Plane Tools.


Throughout the building process, I've discovered a few things that the kit instructions didn't quite cover, or things that I found particularly useful.  I've divided these into sections:


Although the new RV kits are all match drilled, and don't require them, jigs can still be very useful.  They help hold parts as you work, and especially as you rivet.  Here is a little bit about the jigs I made and used while building my RV-8.

Transporting an Unfinished Airplane

I’ve had to do a complete cross country kitplane transport twice.  I guess that’s one of the hazards of being in the military.  Here's how I did it.

Tell Us About Your Best Kit Plane Tip

By now you have probably scanned through the site. My idea was to provide some help to the next guy building. Do you have some tips that others may find useful? Send them to me, so I can include them here for others to learn from. Or do you just need a tip to help get through a tough spot on your project? Ask away.

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