Recommended tool list for building the EMG-6 electric motor glider
This is a work in progress, and we will add to this as we continue to go through the construction drawings and videos.
Most everyone considering the project of building the EMG-6 electric motor glider will already have handtools. The list the handtools individually would be a futile exercise as there are many ways to skin a cat when it comes to putting a nut and bolt together on an airplane. Normally speaking a small $100-$200 craftsman tool set with inch and metric sized tools and primarily 1/4 inch drive sockets will do most of the work that you need on the aircraft.
Sheet Metal Tools
Tin Snips (Left)(Right)(Straight)
1/8 Copper Cleco’s (100)
5/32 Black Cleco’s (10)
3/16 Brass Cleco’s (10)
Cordless Drill, or any drill.
Drill Bits,#40, #30, #21, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8
Pop Rivet Gun (Puller)
Die Grinder with assorted bits, Sanding Discs And Scotch Brite Pads.
Fabric Covering Tools
Scissors and Pinking Shears
Welding Tools for 4130 welded steel frame and control system.
The welding tools are only required if you’re going to be doing the welded portion of the kit. This is one area where you can save a substantial amount of money on the cost of construction. The cost of the tools are much less than the cost of the pre-welded components. And you will still own the tools when you’re finished.
Tig Welder. (Because most of the airframe is thin wall tubing the size of the take welder can be relatively small and the cost of the welder can be as low as $1000)
Oxyacetylene Welding Torch. (All of the welding on the EMG-6 can be accomplished within oxyacetylene welding torch kit. Cost as low as $200)
Small Bench Grinder
Die Grinder with assorted bits, Sanding discs, and Scotch Brite pads.
Assortment of Files
Metal Cutting Bandsaw (The harbor freight small metal cutting bandsaw ($250) is highly recommended but not required)