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Old May 31, 2009, 10:37 PM
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"Hot Hots" build

Starting a new build project. It will replace my deceased sport/"toss around" plane that I "dumb thumbed" in a few weeks ago. Motor and radio gear from that plane will be used here.
It's a 3D, sport flyer that originally appeared as a build article in a 2002 RCM. I picked up the kit from a fellow flyer that had it for several years. He didn't have any plans, other than the partial, reduced print in the magazine article, but he loaned me his already built example to help figure it out.

The original plane, from the build article:



Basic fuselage construction begins:
















Fitting motor and fuel tank. Not much room to work with:






Landing gear will be held in place with stainless steel threaded inserts and bolts.





aft wing attach plate installed:


Over all look to this point:
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Old Jun 01, 2009, 08:52 AM
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Doesn't look a whole lot different then the original "The HOTS" designed by Dan Santich, back in the 80s. One of my favorite airplanes. Built one from a Midwest Kit in 1986 and from plans in 2005. Lightness is your friend! What is this version powered with? The original was designed for .40.

The original was a one piece airplane and was small enough this wasn't a problem.
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Old Jun 01, 2009, 11:12 AM
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Hammerd,

Nice plane!

Your building board is very nice as well. Is the metal top boned to the wood that it is resting on in the pic? Also, what gauge metal did you go with? Are your clamping structures made from high density polyethylene?

Thanks!

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Old Jun 01, 2009, 01:58 PM
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Same guy designed this plane. He has designed several different versions, and now his son is carrying on with it. I'm putting my OS 46AX in this one.
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My building board is 18GA "paint lock", glued to a lamination of MDF. Ridiculously heavy, but very straight and stable. The angles are cut from 1/4" acrylic.
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Old Jun 01, 2009, 02:09 PM
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Thanks Hammerd,

I'm going with 16GA.

I bet your bench is just a tad on the far side of 100lbs?

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Old Jun 01, 2009, 03:15 PM
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Around 125 lbs. Way overkill, but it was left over from a job so I'm using it.
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Old Jun 01, 2009, 03:35 PM
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I'd use 3/4 iron clad if I got it for that price!

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Old Jun 01, 2009, 11:46 PM
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Some sheeting and fitting around the engine. The fuselage looks a little bizarre at this stage.









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Old Jun 02, 2009, 01:21 AM
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Very nice craftsmanship.

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Old Jun 03, 2009, 12:15 AM
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Thanks.
Finalized the fuel tank and plumbing. I also capped and sheeted the belly pan.
Need to build the tail so I can rig the controls before closing the top of the fuselage.







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seems like every build is waaaaaaaaay easier the second time around.
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Old Jun 03, 2009, 10:49 PM
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seems like every build is waaaaaaaaay easier the second time around.
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Old Jun 03, 2009, 10:59 PM
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Built he tail feathers tonight.

I don't have full size plans (I'm cheap), so I enlarged the plans from the magazine. I only used them for a reference, they loose a lot of quality enlarged, but the overall outlines and sizes are useable. I cut all the stock using my tablesaw and miter gauge, so everything comes out square and proper. By ganging mirrored pieces together (tape) while cutting, both sides of the stab and elevator came out the same.







Leveling the parts:







Preparing the skins:







The pressure's on:

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I mean since you've already built one hots, the second one builds a lot faster, because you already know what to do.
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Old Jun 04, 2009, 03:30 PM
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This is my first "Hots".
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