Tony Naccarato, a inspiration

You know, Tony is an inspiration to all of us and should be. He dedicated his life to teaching youth aviation and launched so many careers that are leading us to the skies and beyond.

He never complained about things. He just did something to change the world instead. He has inspired me to do the same and it’s my passion with the remainder of my life to do the very same.

This is why I started the Ventura Aviators. It has been somewhat of a disappointment in the lack of response for local schools and youth groups. I was asked more than once why I felt teaching kids aviation and aerospace was so important? I think if you have to ask that question you need to reexamine yourself and your perspective. To me nothing can be more important for the human race than the exploration of space. It might be the one thing that brings us together more than any war or petty pursuit. We have enough of that.

So I will dedicate my life to spreading a passion that those in aerospace have to youth. Who knows, if you inspire one boy or girl they could be the one that grows up to make that warp drive engine and lead us to the stars.

Join me if you dare, stop complaining about the world and do something about it. Tony Naccarato did.

Tony Naccarato

Thank you my wonderful friends at Smith Brothers for posting this.

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Tony Naccarato. Tony passed Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. It is hard to put things into perspective, as Tony was one of the “good guys,” where things like this should not happen. But it was part of the big plan and it is easy to point out all the good he did with his life. Tony was a standout guy, who put others first. He dedicated his life to serving others- his family, his country, his friends, and his passion for hobbies. We lost count how many times Tony took a youth aside to teach him or her the lessons of flight and r/c aircraft. Those youth are now responsible adults, who are taking up careers in aerospace, engineering, and successful walks of life. It all started with a gentle, helping hand, a hand touching another on a remote control. Tony’s passion for all-things-air and helping others will leave a huge mark on our society. There are few out there like him and he will be sorely missed. Smith Brothers would like to wish his son Ryan and his family members our deepest condolences during this difficult time. We loved Tony with all our hearts and we will let his legacy live on at our store. He taught us so much with his generosity, patience, and compassion. Rest in peace Tony. We love you.

I wrote this this morning. It was hard to find the right words but they are from heart:

I will miss my friend so much. We had so much fun Building and flying together
“He was the best pilot I ever saw”.
Tony, everytime I fly you’ll be there, with all of us that loved you and flew with

I got off to a good start today building the master of the fuse. Using the original plug and a BT-60 I used some old leading edge stock I had which turned out to be the perfect filet shape. Later once the glue dries I’ll be able to sand the filet to the blended and concave it needs.

The wings are shaped closer to the NASA plans. Less wing area and more sweep. The top side vertical fin is cut and built from balsa. I still have the lower fin to do.

Both fins will be covered in 2 oz. soft wave glass cloth and West Systems epoxy. Once the fuse and the filets are all blended and contour they to will be glassed and epoxied. Also there will be slots in the wing filets to plug the balsa wings into.

The tails and will be part of the master. Once primered and scribed with panel lines this will all be hard molded and fuse will be made of epoxy glass.

More to come…

BF-109 finished

I’m calling this Vintage Model Company BF-109 finished. I hope to fly her next weekend I have a rocket launch this weekend. I know in the fires? Yes. It’s an NAR launch at Lucerne Dry Lake Bed where there are no fires. But I digress.

This is a great kit and I’ll be ordering their Spit next. This model was a joy to build and has great scale lines.

The paper patterns worked well for skinning the nose. I was sceptical. It worked beautifully without having to place balsa between the longerons.

I needed 8 grams of nose weight and what I did was to mix epoxy and buck shot together and using a popsicle stick and carefully dropped the mix through the nose block opening with great success.

Full up weight with a two loop 1/8th braided motor is 1.40 oz. A little heavy but at least she will never fly away from me, 😉

Great build and I highly recommend VMC for their kits, customer service, quick low priced shipping to the us and more.

Time to launch

I have a rough prototype. It came out about 11 oz though a bit heavy for my tastes and can be made lighter. Tail cone piece will need to be vacuum formed. That will save a lot and the fins made from plywood. The resin is a bit heavier. Nose cone is OK but could be made lighter but the model needs nose weight to be stable as it is. But it should fly on a E12-6. We will find out next weekend. Of course a better recommendation of a better 24mm motor I’m open too.