Justin Peters Starlet progress in one hangar visit.


Here are a few pictures to wrap up Justin’s 2.5 day hangar visit. It is a story of good times and great progress.  As you read, make your own plan for progress this season.



Above, the finished motor mount.  It was a lot of calculation, measurement and work, but we charged him the same price as one of our production mounts. I have always regarded Individual enthusiastic builders with unique projects as an opportunity to demonstrate my support of homebuilders. There are plenty of businesses which either ignore them or regard them as a deep pocket to be picked, but I have a very long track record of treating them more than fairly.  The flip side of the coin is such builders must understand, and be patient for when we can do such work in our schedule. Justin is such a builder.


The intakes on the floor were test fit, the shiny one is a panther, the gray one is a Vagabond, a variant of a Zenith intake. Neither one fit, so we carefully measured for a custom one.



Above, Sunday morning was foggy, but Justin’s 3.0L Corvair put down a perfect test run. It had no issues at all, we just did a fine adjustment on the E/P-X ignition and it was good.  The engine is built exclusively from parts from SPA and myself.  Justin got started in the fall, and had the engine 95% ready by the end of the Barnwell Corvair College last November.  Knowing we were going to build a mount, I asked him to bring the engine also. The engine turned 3,370 rpm on the test prop. We took an oil sample to send to Larry Nelson at Lab One, and after it cooled we used the engine to check for cowling options, intakes and exhausts.



Above, Justin holds an MA3-SPA carb in place while we study the space between the engine and firewall for a carb installation on a custom intake. He is very skilled with tools, he works HVAC as a regular career.  That type of mechanical work makes for craftsmen who are good with hand tools, good at planning several steps ahead and good at diagnosing solutions, He is well suited to building a unique airframe. Most people new to homebuilding would be far better served by a more common airframe, but Justin’s skills and his willingness to enlist assistance, make his choice realistic.



Above, Justin samples my backyard range and 60 year old Remington 513T “Rangemaster”. He is an experienced hunter and skilled marksman. He nailed the yellow steel plate dead center, hit the remains of the Chinese multimeter barely visible in red, and went on the shoot the 1/4″ edge of a steel plate laying on top of the backstop, all off-hand.



Above, a smile while fitting a nose bowl and standard spinner. the mount looks low but it is taller than it appears, the crank is 45″ off the ground in wheel landing position. This will not be a clearance issue at all with a correct diameter prop. Notice how the gear and suspension angle was corrected since the first pictures 2 days ago.  This is the kind of thing we can rapidly correct in the hangar.



Above, the satisfaction of progress, of having a plan come together. Later in the year, when the outcome of the Super Bowl has long faded, Justin will take his airplane out to the flight line for its first time. This will happen because he made a plan and decided he would work on his plane this day and spend the balance of it driving the 855 miles back home. He chose to do this rather than be a spectator today.  Nothing wrong with having fun, but make sure it isn’t a poor substitute for what you really wanted to do this year.




About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at www.FlyCorvair.com and in more than 50 magazine articles.

6 Responses to Justin Peters Starlet progress in one hangar visit.

  1. Patrick Panzera says:

    Totally awesome! Thank you!!!

  2. toomanyps says:

    You folks do nice work. Would love to visit your shop one day.

  3. Mike Townsley says:

    This is so refreshing to read about. Thanks for your support of homebuilders!
    Pastor Mike Townsley
    Walford, Iowa

  4. David says:

    Cant wait for see the first flight photos!! You guys do good work!!

  5. Justin Peters says:

    Thank you for the compliments William. Thank you for your hospitality. Thank you for your dedication to experimental aviation. When I was considering this project, the motor mount was the largest hurdle to jump. In one weekend you and Vern were able to build the mount, correct the landing gear sag, size up intake and exhaust, run test my engine and test fit different nose bowl/cowling options. After a 14 hr drive home, I now have the Starlet in my work shop. I will be completing firewall forward in the next few months because of our accomplishments this weekend. Thank you and Thank Vern. I look forward to talking to you soon.
    Justin Peters

  6. Tracy says:

    Justin – It was hard for us to leave Barnwell when you were so close to finishing your engine. It was great working with you and seeing the progress that can be made in a few short days. That’s what the colleges are all about!
    Congratulations on finally finishing it and running it without issues. That feeling of accomplishment will always bring a smile to your face. Remember that feeling when things seem overwhelming and not progressing as “quickly” as you think they should.
    I cannot wait to see your plane in flight with you at the controls!
    Thank you also to William for making another pilot’s dream closer to reality. That’s the true spirit of aviation and the homebuilder community.

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