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A Remembrance of Wayne Eugene Moyer

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A Remembrance of Wayne Eugene Moyer

Wayne Moyer, aerospace engineer, globally-recognized model car builder/collector and writer of thousands of magazine how-to and product review articles, grew up on a farm near Lancaster, Ohio. Once out of high school, Wayne pursued his college degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. After graduation, Wayne worked for nearly 40 years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio.

Wayne admitted to being a car enthusiast from his earliest years. The car he drove during college at UC was a 1955 Ford two-door. A little known fact was that Wayne and I both went to UC and lived in the same dormitory. We never actually met during college, but I'd noticed this '55 Ford in the parking lot. That's when somebody told me who it belonged to. What caught my attention was that this (I later learned) devoted Ford guy had swapped the stock grill out of it for one from a '54 Chevy! It was almost 10 years before Wayne and I met, but just by accident. Our friendship lasted more than 40 years.

Wayne's interest in hobby stuff continued along with a concentration on 1/144th scale ships and 1/72nd scale airplane models. I'm sure he must have slipped in a small scale model car project here and there just to stay in touch.

Wayne emphasized that though he'd been a “car nut” (as well as an “airplane nut”) for as long as he could remember, he never had any intention of becoming a writer. Wayne said the collecting of 1/43 scale die-cast models began in 1966 and he decided to write a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early 1970’s he bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and again wrote a story about the build. The story was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John Day liked it and sent some more kits for review and, well, things (according to Wayne) began to snowball and got way out-of-hand!

Wayne claimed to have written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazines continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, they were still in his collection at this writing) were joined by about 3,500 additional 1/43 models. Wayne admits to have never travelled outside the United States, but this hobby gave him an opportunity to make friends of all descriptions, around the globe. Laughingly, Wayne pointed out that this was something that would likely never have happened if he hadn’t bought those first Ford GTs.

It is estimated that Wayne produced nearly 1,800 magazine articles that were published, and he had plans to add many more, which did not happen, sadly, with his April 1 passing.

Through the years, Wayne wrote for Scale Auto Enthusiast starting with the second issue. He was a columnist, writing Collectors Showcase, from 1982 to 1993, and continued writing for SAE after Kalmbach Media bought the pub and changed its name to simply Scale Auto. In addition, Wayne was a how-to contributor to Model Cars where he also was a columnist. His material has appeared in nearly every model car-related publication in print known to mankind ... as he and I used to say.

Locally, Wayne was the original host of a model car group that started in 1975 with three other guys meeting in his home’s study. That group eventually grew to a couple dozen enthusiasts who ultimately would need a lot more space and moved to the local county library conference room.

Wayne was one of the original gang that began making the annual trek to Maumee (near Toledo) Ohio, for the model car swap meets and NNL shows that sort of got that whole ball rolling. That was in the late 1970s and was staged at the Lucas County Recreation Center next door to the original Toledo Mudhens baseball stadium.

Wayne Moyer was truly one of a kind and will not be replaced anytime soon. Thank you Wayne for the education, entertainment, and fellowship.

 

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