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Wayne Moyer, Collector’s Showcase

Wayne Moyer, writer/builder

Wayne was born in a small Ohio town in 1941 and began building model airplanes as soon as he was allowed to hold a single-edge razor blade: X-Acto knives hadn’t been invented yet! With the advent of plastic model kits he branched out into car and ship models as well.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati as an AeroSpace Engineer in 1964, Wayne began a 37-year career as a Conceptual Design Engineer at Wright-Patterson AFB and participated in the preliminary design of most current USAF systems, retiring after serving as Lead Engineer for the ATF (now F-22) Conceptual Design/Evaluation Phase.

Wayne wrote his first model story (on Ford GT’s, a continuing interest) in the Fall of 1972 and became a reviewer by accident; John Day liked a story he wrote about Day’s second 1/43 scale kit and sent him a box of kits with the request “do it again, please”. Since then he’s written somewhere around 2000 stories (“1778 that I’ve been paid for at this point and 200-300 more for club publications or magazines that went out of business owing me money”) for at least 43 different model, aviation, automobile, and racing magazines. From 1983 to 1994 he was a weekend photojournalist covering NASCAR, Indy car, IMSA, SVRA, and SCCA races and provided photo documentation to several 1/43 scale model manufacturers.

A private pilot since 1969, Wayne’s biggest kit project to date has been building a Van’s RV-12 two seat airplane, making its first flight in September 2010. Wayne and his wife Kay have four daughters and eight grandchildren, none of whom share his interest in model building.

Atlantis Models

1950 Alfa Romeo Type 158 and the 1949 Lago-Talbot 4.7L Grand Prix

We received the new double kit of the 1950 Alfa Romeo Type 158 and the 1949 Lago-Talbot 4.7L Grand Prix kits, both in 1/24 scale. We love the retro looking art work for the boxes. Each of the kit is modeled in either red (Alfa Romeo) and blue (Lago-Talbot). The kits have engines, which will make those who love to detail classic inline six-cylinder engines happy. The only thing we don’t like, but it’s an easy fix, is the use of a clear insert that you have to paint silver to replicate wire wheels. We will run a series of articles on creating your own wire wheels, and sources to purchase aftermarket wire wheel kits as well.

I have seen the Lago-Talbot referred to as Lago-Talbot, and Talbot-Lago. So which way is correct? It looks to us that both are: It depends on the car you are referring to. This car, the Lago-Talbot Grand Prix 4 1/2 liter, was from the racing works at the Talbot-Lago factory, and it seems to replicate the 1949 version of the car that was all over the world in F1 races of that time.  We have seen factory race team trailers from that period with Talbot-Lago painted on the sides. If anyone has some insight to this, please let us know.

If you would like some reference photos, check out this link from one of our favorite web sites,–Alfetta-.html


Here are a couple of in-progress photos of the Alfa Romeo 159 Alfetta. The photoetched and aluminum wire wheels are from a Profil24 kit (The Maserati Birdcage Tipo 63 kit), and look fabulous! Check out the Profil24 web site to order.


Here is the Alfa Romeo 159 kit in primer. The top and body seams have been filled.


The aftermarket aluminum and photoetched wheels from Profil24 are gorgeous!



After a couple of quick coats with Ferrari Russo Red paint, and the Profil24 wire wheels, this kit is starting to look great!


Model Cars Magazine & Galaxie Limited Race Car/Trailer Contest

Model Cars Magazine and Galaxie Limited have partnered together to bring you one of the most innovative model car building contests ever!

The idea is to build a Model Cars Magazine Racing Team, consisting of a race car model and any one of the Galaxie Limited trailer kits (21’ tandem axle, 36’ tri-axle, or 38’ tri-axle fifth-wheel), featuring your own version of the Model Cars Magazine racing team graphics–incorporating the current red and white MCM logo–to come up with the ultimate race car/trailer/graphics combination. The car can be any type of race car (NASCAR, drag, F-1, Sprint, Indy car, Bonneville, etc.).

The winner of this year-long contest will not only receive some great prizes (and maybe some contingency prizes as well), but the winning entry may be used to create a special edition set of decals for everyone to enjoy! Also, if your race car is based on a Galaxie Limited kit (‘48 Chevy or Dragster) along with your Galaxie Limited trailer, you will receive a double bonus as well!

So put on your thinking caps and see what you can come up with! You have a full year to get this done, as we will feature the winners in the August/September 2014 issue of Model Cars Magazine. Stay tuned for more updates, including official contest rules and a list of prizes, as well as some ideas sent in by some of our readers and builders. For now, get those creative ideas flowing and start planning your entry!


The MCM/Galaxie Limited Photo Contest Update


1) The race team MUST use any of the Galaxie Limited trailer kits.
2) The trailer MUST have the MCM logo on it. Art work for the logo can be found at the MCM web site   Once on the site click on “Contests” in the menu, in the black bar at the top. That will take you to the contest information. Scroll down and you will find downloadable art for the red and white logo and the logo with the Mercury, either logo is acceptable.
3) The race vehicle can be anything you want, even a race boat. Putting the MCM logo on either the race or tow vehicle is optional. If either the race or tow vehicle are made from any Galaxie Limited kit the winner will qualify for additional prizes.
4) The trailer may be modified, but must be recognizable as a Galaxie Limited trailer.
5) Using a tow vehicle is optional and not required.
6) All entries must be in our hands by July 1, 2014. After that date no entry will be considered for any of the prizes. Submit your photos via e-mail or mail on a disc to us at contest @ or Model Cars Magazine, Photo Contest, P. O. Box 89530, Honolulu, HI 96830. Remember to allow enough time for delivery if you use regular mail.

The rules are simple and designed to allow you to be as wild or mild as you want. Think out of the box and be creative. Wild paint schemes, create your own version of the MCM logo, it’s up to you. We are putting together a bunch of cool, fun prizes for the winners. Good luck and get busy building.




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eModelCars is back up and running!

Hopefully this will work out great. I have uploaded a whole new program/interface, and it’s pretty cool! You can use your Facebook ID to create a user account and log in, or you can do it without one. You do need a PayPal account to register. Sorry, this is to make sure the site stays free of spammers, jammers, and hackers.

Issue 177

Inside the May/June 2013 Issue:

Building a 1/16 Scale Drag Boat

Scratchbuilding School
Scorpion, Part 12

Rally Cars!
A look at WRC Rally Car Models

NNL East 2013:
Coverage of the coveted 2013 East Coast Show

Cruz’s Corvette:
Building a factory stock ’62 Corvette

Hubley Hot Rod:
A look back at Hubley’s Diecast ’32 Ford Kit

Gasser I; Rescued, Recycled, and Rebuilt
Cliff Read’s Studebaker Gasser

Gasser II: Unfinished Business:
Tim Boyd completes a long-stalled project…finally!



Issue 176

cover176Inside the April 2013 Issue:

Bill Coulter shows how to build a cool NASCAR Olds based on the new Revell 1950 Oldsmobile kit.

Tips, Tricks, and How-To’s:
An easy way to detail radiator grilles

Scratchbuilding School:
Scorpion, Part 11

Pickup Trick:
How to create a ’32 Chevy Pickup

Box Art Bio:
Brad Leisure’s Trumpeter Falcon box art

 Rare Bird:
Gladen Enterprises’ Aerocar Kit

NNL West, 2013
Coverage of the West Coast’s biggest show

Issue #175

cover175Inside the February/March 2013 Issue

Okie Al’s Swap Meet and Model Show
March 3, 2012 • Merced, California

Sunshine State Challenge
March 17, 2012 • Ocala, Florida

Model Car Sunday
May 6, 2012 • Puyallup, Washington

Citrus Nationals #4
May 19, 2012 • Riverside, California

Desert Scale Classic
May 19, 2012 • Phoenix, Arizona

IPMS San Diego
June 2, 2012 • El Cajon, California

Lower Left Coast NNL
August 18, 2012 • Carlsbad, California

Classic Plastic Model Exhibition
September 16, 2012 • Lawrence, Massachussetts

Three Rivers Automodelers
September 30, 2012 • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NNL Nationals #33
October 6, 2012 • Sylvania, Ohio

Tacoma Area Modelers in Scale
October 7, 2012 • Lakewood, Washington

Tidewater Automotive Modeler’s Society 2012
October 27, 2012 • Norfolk, Virginia

Issue #174

cover174Inside the January 2013 Issue

Tips, Tricks & How-To’s
Making a simple sanding tool

Tips, Tricks & How-To’s
Two Masking with magnets

Scratchbuilding School
Scorpion Part 10

Model Clubs for Youth
Introducing the next generation to the hobby

Tamiya Red Bull Racing Renault RB6
Gregg takes a look at this brand new F1 kit

Trophy Tubs
A pair of vintage-style hot rods from Tim Boyd

Not Your Normal ‘57
Steve Deisley’s ‘57 Chevy is a little different

Role Reversal
Doctor Cranky vs. The Old Man

iHobby 2012
Len Carsner gives us the lowdown on the latest kits