Skip Mast with his large C- 130 at the Top Gun Invitational in Lakeland FL.
The USA Scale Team in Norway 1986 (L-R): Mike Gretz, Cliff Tacie, Jeff Perez, Steve Sauger, Julie
Abel, Ron Sears, Dolly Wischer, and Skip Mast.
Hercules models in striking red, white,
and blue U.S. Coast Guard colors
(several of which flew in FAI world
championships), he also built and flew
other beautiful Scale aircraft such as the
P- 51 and Sig J- 3 Cub.
“Skip Mast was a lifetime member
of the Radio Control Club of Detroit
(RCCD). The club’s website proclaims
his true love to be multiengine aircraft.
His early efforts were a DC- 3, followed
by a B- 29. Both models were glow-engine powered, and he supposedly flew
them regularly in club Pylon Racing and
“His C- 130 that followed was large
for the time. It had a 102-inch wingspan
and was powered by four K&B . 21
engines. The plans for this model were
published in his 1981 article in Model
“He built two in Coast Guard colors
and a third one in desert camouflage.
Number three presented a special
challenge for him (he loved challenges)
because he built it to be less than 6
kilograms ( 13 pounds) for it to be within
F4C (RC Flying Scale Model Aircraft)
restrictions. It was with this model that
he earned a spot on the 1984 and 1986
U.S. Scale teams for the Scale World
“Never without a project on the
building board, Skip collaborated with
George Maiorana in 1999 to build a
larger B- 29. George made molds from
the beginnings of Skip’s traditional balsa-covered foam fuselage. Skip proceeded
to build his B- 29 Fi-Fi, and George built
a Miss America 62, both powered with
.40-size four-stroke engines.
“Skip campaigned his model at
the Mint Julep Scale Meet and the
AMA Nats, and reportedly damaged it
significantly at the 1999 FAI F4C Team
Trials because of radio interference.
With George’s help (a new fuselage), he
rebuilt it to fly again!
“Skip’s last C- 130 was much larger
and electric powered. At 1/12 scale, it had
a 130-inch wingspan and weighed 38
pounds. Power came from four Turnigy
SK 35045 motors turning 14 x 10
propellers driven by four 6S 500 mAh
LiPo batteries and 41-amp ESCs. With
the help of his good friend, Tom Czikk,
he flew the big C- 130 at the 2016 Top
Gun Invitational and several other scale
events throughout Florida.
“Skip ultimately gave the C- 130 to
Tom, who intends to campaign it on the
contest circuit this coming year. Watch
for it in a neighborhood near you.
“Throughout the years, Skip
represented the US on two F4C Scale
teams: in 1994 in Paris, France, and 1986
in Oslo, Norway. He also competed in
numerous AMA Nats, Canadian Nats,
Scale Masters Championships, and the
Top Gun Invitational.
“In 2008, he moved from Michigan
to the On Top of the World (OTOW)
community in Ocala, Florida, with his
loving wife, Sue. They were members of
the OTOW RC Flyers.
“I considered him a very close friend,
but I believe that Skip was a good friend
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