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The Hots (Midwest Hots 40). Radio control sports model. Midwest kit no 156.
Quote: "The HOTS by Dan Santich. For .15- to .45-size engines. A winning fun flyR/C design for novice and expert alike.
NEARLY EVERY R/C club in the country has a fun-fly contest some-time during the flying season. These contests usually bring out Ugly Stiks, Quickie 500s, Cougars, Little Stiks, etc. They are all excellent airplanes. The only problem is that they were not designed for fun-fly contests! They all have their limitations in one way or another.
Matter of fact, there is not a purebred fun-fly airplane presently on the market. The Hots is going to fill that void.
If we take a look at a typical fun-fly, it goes like this: Most loops in a given time, most touch-and-go's, most spins, limbo, roop (roll-loop-roll-loop, etc), and numerous other such tasks. Most times a fun-fly becomes a demolition derby as guys try to outdo each other. I can't count the number of beautiful airplanes that have bit the dust simply to get one more spin or one more low pass under a limbo. It seems silly to risk all that work and money for one more spin, but I've done it too.
Well, my friends, have I got something for you. The Hots is simply the wildest, most maneuverable airplane I've ever seen. To fly it is like taking on a mechanical bull at twice the fastest speed. It will turn on a dime and give 12 cents change! It loops tighter than a control line model. It climbs so fast it is out of sight in 15 seconds. Add to that the capability of flying around at walking speed and you not only have a fun-fly airplane, you have something that is a pure ball to fly at any time.
What we have here is a simple-to-build inexpensive model that just flies like crazy. Add to that the versatility of engine usage and there seems to be something for just about everyone. With a .15 engine on it, it's a real sweetheart. With a .29 or .35, it gets rambunctious. With a hot .40 or .45, it is truly bedlam unleashed.
If you add up the qualities of the airplane - it's fast building, inexpensive, versatile, capable, and adaptable - you can see the possibilities. We all need something like this. It will fit in a Toyota in one piece. It is a departure from my usual scale designs and perhaps that says something. I wanted something capable and yet disposable. In two evenings I built the first one and now I have two more - all in one week! My scale ships take months.
So, let's build the thing.
Construction. The first thing to consider is engine weight. If you use a .15 to .19 size engine, use a Kraft or CB mount to achieve proper balance. You must add weight to the tail if a CB type mount is used with a larger engine. We want the lightest possible airplane. With an Enya* .40XTV, my Hots weighs 3-1/4 pounds.
The second thing to consider is wood. Select only contest-grade balsa of the lightest possible weight. The third consideration is adhesive. I built mine completely with Hot Stuff. Don't use epoxy or resin of any kind, as it's too heavy.
The last thing is covering. Select the lightest covering you can find. I used Micafilm.
Start the fuselage by cutting out the plywood parts. Then cut the other fuselage pieces as shown on the plans. When you assemble F-1, F-2, and F-3 to the fuselage sides, glue them to one side only and check that they are vertical with a triangle. Then glue the opposite side in place. When you pull the ends together, make sure the fuselage stays straight. Don't add the fuselage top pieces until the wing is completed. Add the bottom and make the lower hatch. Mount the gear and glue the lower nose pieces on. Cut and glue the stab pieces together, but don't glue them to the fuselage yet..."
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Update 10/10/2016: Added kit wood parts list, thanks to Jeff.
Update 23/06/2018: added kit review from R/C Model World, September 1988, thanks to RFJ.
Update 02/08/2018: added original article from MAN April 1984, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsHi, I love to browse the Outerzone site. I noticed that you have not got a photo of a completed Hots. Attached is a photo of the "Hots" I built from a scale up of the original American MAN plan [model photo & more pics 003]. The model was later kitted by Midwest. It was a great fun machine with a ST 40 engine. Believe it or not when it was past its R/C days I converted it into a control liner [more pics 004].
AlfBritchford - 19/05/2017
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