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Wes’s second shot is of a full flaps down position (above) of his Velvetat rest at home in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The slots are more apparent in this view. This is Wesley’s demonstration device (at right) to show what the design of the plywood pieces look like and how they work. They are in the full lower extension of the Velvet flap design.

ditional small notch. The hinge kits will soon be available for anyone who wishes to try the concept.

Wes let me know recently that he now has hinge kits available for sale. There are two versions. Version I is the original used on his Velvet 3. It allows 45 degrees of deflec- tion on the main flap and 221

⁄2 degrees on the

intermediate flap. Version II is more com- pact and allows 30 degrees of deflection on the main flap and 15 degrees deflection on the intermediate flap. The price is $12.00 for a kit, plus $5.00 shipping and hand- ling. Both kits provide detailed instructions.

Norm Dion’s Novette

I met Tony Kubes at Muncie last summer. Normally I see him at the Polk City, Iowa contest as his crew from the Minneapolis Piston Poppers follow I-35 south to attend the early May contest just north of Des Moines, Iowa. He had in his possession a Norm Dion Novette, a .35 powered profile Stunter with some fairly swept-back main wings. The model has no flaps and the lead- outs need to pass through the leading edge of the wing for correct line rake, but Tony says that it flies fine.

The Novette was published in the July 1968 issue of FLYING MODELS and can be found on page 15. Plan (CF129) can be pur- chased at or by calling the toll-free number at 888-526- 5365. I have always enjoyed playing with non-flapped profiles, and this one intrigues me to the utmost.

The model mostly resembles, to my thinking, an All American Eagle by Dave Gierke. It is sleek and utilizes tricycle gear. One point that I have always pondered was that the seemed location of the engine in the pictures did not match the drawing of the engine on the plans. My thoughts are that Norm found the model a bit unbal- anced and changed the plans to make the plane a better flying Stunter for any future builders. Those thoughts have never been collaborated by anyone else, and only flying experience from Tony Kubes could give me an answer.

Allen’s “Wizzer”

A trip to one contest bolstered my decision to purchase a starter for my engines. A hot Fox .35 and tall grass are not the way to get a good take-off and a full flight. Why waste

a bunch of expensive gas, several nights in a motel, plus three meals a day only to not get a flight in at an event with the resultant zeroes on the scoreboard.

I purchased my battery powered starter on the way home from that contest. By the way, using the starter is also easier on the props, and leads to less costly visits to the ER for prop cuts. The Hobbico TorqMaster 90 Deluxe 2V Starter is available from Tower Hobbies, is listed as part number TH233, and is priced at $39.99 in the Tower Talk catalog. I found it on page 52 of issue #5 for 2013. The battery can also be purchased from Tower Hobbies and is the 12V/7A rectangu- lar battery as shown in the picture. My issue #5 catalog does not show it listed separately, but a quick glance online should be able to get you the correct price. The large tie-wraps were purchased at Lowes.

Not only does this start your engines, but it is also a 7-inch “step ladder”. I simply place my hand on top, and it gives me a boost to vertical from a kneeling or sitting position. Tower Hobbies can be reached for orders at 1-800-6327-4989 or go to Order assistance can be had through 1-800-637-6050.

Tony Kubes brought a unique profile model with him (above left) to the AMA Muncie site. It is Norm Dion’s Novettemodel powered originally by an OS Max .35S. Allen has always liked this design and is glad that Tony piqued his interest again. Allen describes the way he has assembled his starter (above right) (or


as he jokingly calls it, his “wizzer”) in the column. It assists in everyday practice and competition flights. First of all, it is a safer method of starting your engine and prevents the “contest day blues” with no scores on the board for your travel efforts.


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