Dirk Mason President of Dads WorkShop Inc.
by Jay Smith
Jay Smith: How did you get involved with model aviation?
Dirk Mason: For my 11th birthday, my dad took me to the
hobby shop where I got my first string control Line] and it
blew me away. I was the happiest kid ever in the whole world.
A moment I feel every dad should have with his son! That day
I was marveled by him—he made an investment in his son
that will last through eternity.
We entered the hobby shop, and to a kid it was like entering
into a dream world, or to coin a phrase, “a candy store.” I went
to the right side of the store where my friend told me the
string control stuff was and that’s when I saw it: a biplane
called the Li’l Red Baron.
I stayed up all night [to] build my first string control and I
have been hooked in this hobby world ever since, thanks to a
dad who loved his son enough to invest in his happiness.
JS: How has model aviation impacted your life and/or career?
DM: My first job after I got out of college was at the GE
[General Electric] aircraft engine group, where I spent seven
years of my life working on GE aircraft in Albuquerque, New
Mexico. I was awarded a $500 gift certificate for a clamp I
designed to hold the part of a GE F110 engine inner working
part that had to be made in a vacuum chamber under
extremely high heat at zero atmospheric pressure, so the part
could be metabolically changed in structure to ensure it was
durable enough to handle the stress of the power this fine
engine could produce!
JS: What disciplines of modeling do you currently participate in?
DM: I participate in lots of things, but one right now is racing
drones with MultiGP. Right now I am not doing so well. [I]
had some mechanical problems that have grounded me on a
couple of races, but I am still trying.
JS: What are your other hobbies?
DM: Too many to count! I am a over of all hobbies and
right now, since the summer season is about
to begin, Dads WorkShop is supporting
boat racing. I have yet to find time to fly
my first love—airplanes. We are now
promoting the new on- and off-road
FPV racing of cars and truggies and I
just became a Bachman Train dealer
working on getting trains in the
shop, along with scale-size tanks
Hobbies outside of my
shop are hunting, fishing, and
shooting firearms, and safety
is always important.
JS: Who (or what) has
influenced you most?
DM: My dad! He was my dad
as well as being one this nation’s silent heros whom we honor
every May on Memorial Day. He served in World War II, the
Korean War where he received three Purple Hearts, and in
Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star that is displayed
at the corporate hobby shop.
I was blessed with an angel from heaven from whom I
learned as he passed from this world back into the charge of
God. This man who was sent by God loved me and he will be
my dad eternally. I can only pray now that he is proud of his
son! I created my dream to try and give some kid that same
feeling I had when my dad took and invested his hard-earned
money in his loving son. Hence the motto, “Welcome to
Dads WorkShop where love is a good investment!”
JS: What do you feel the role of the local hobby shop is today?
DM: Well, many things, and one where the joy and love of
a hobby can be shared with every family member. Girls are
not to be left out here. The hobby shop is where you can
come and start a loving experience with your loved ones, get
involved with them, and help them shape who they want to
be or have locked up inside of them.
Look at the story of Shaun “Nytfury” Taylor. It’s a little
different, but he didn’t know he had a gift until he unlocked it
by doing what he liked. Now he is one of the world champions
racing what? Drones!
Wow, how far we have come with technology and it is
changing so fast. We need a place where we can be dads who
are revered as what we really are—guardians of our most
prized loved ones. It is priceless to share the hobby shop
experience where love is a good investment! Thank you for
allowing me to share my investment with the world!
168 Model Aviation JULY 2017 www.ModelAviation.com