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Godspeed Art Waugh

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Godspeed Art Waugh
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, June 9, 2022 12:15 PM

It is my sad duty to announce that Goldhammer passed away yesterday morning. He was suffering for lung and heart issues for some time and his neighbor just called me to let me know.

I really didn't know him as well as I would have liked because he was a private man. I know he was married a couple of times and his last relationship was his first wife, Jean. They never remarried but he called her "his lady". Jean passed last year, and he was never the same and he seemed to give up after that.

He had served in the Air Force for some time before he became an auto body repair and painter and lived the past many years in northwest Oregon.

He had given his neighbor his contact list which included me to pass the sad news on.

Godspeed Art, you were a friend of mine, were always kind to me and will be missed. Crying


Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, June 9, 2022 12:24 PM

Farewell my friend. You will be missed.


God, Family, Models...

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On deck: Who knows!

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, June 9, 2022 12:31 PM

Wow,a great contributer here he will be missed.

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Thursday, June 9, 2022 1:07 PM

   Missed indeed.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, June 9, 2022 1:16 PM

I was fortunate enough to have the great privelage of meeting Art. What a wonder man. He is truly missed. Godspeed Art, don't forget about sending some inspiration our way from time to time.


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A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, June 9, 2022 1:28 PM

Awww, sad news indeed. RIP my friend. 


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Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, June 9, 2022 4:43 PM

Sad news indeed. Art and I live about 40 miles apart, we got together for breakfast several times and he introduced me to the Oregon Mid Valley Modelers club. Together we donated well over 100 model kits, to the vet's homes within a days driving distance and the Mid Valley club. Art also bought many building supplies and paint for the vets, he was a man of modest means, but I know he spent a considerable sum on those supplies.

Often "his lady" would join us for breakfast, she had just bought a new three wheel motrcycle for cruising our scenic area. I feel strongly that after her passing, Art just seemed to have lost the will to go on. He was friendly and rather quiet, but not at all withdrawn, he engaged well in conversation. I really enjoyed hearing the recollections of his Air Force service, and his considerable knowledge of the SR-71, while stationed at Beale AFB.

Art was a man I am very glad to have known, even for just a few years. You're a very good lad, Art, Bon Voyage.


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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 9, 2022 5:18 PM

Oh this is heartbreaking. We have lost another good soul. I wish I met him.

I can imagine him in heaven building models. 

Thanks for informing us.



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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, June 9, 2022 5:54 PM

Rest In Peace Goldhammer/Art. I did not know him well, but we got along well enough on here.


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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton



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Posted by lurch on Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:28 PM

I didnt know him that well. But he was a great insperation to me. Sounds like he was a great person. He will be missed here . Rest in peace my friend and I bet you will build many models where you are at. Take care and send lots of knoledge our way. 

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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:33 PM

Sorry to hear this sad news. He always had a kind word for my sometimes questionable building attempts. I've learned a lot from him over the years and will miss him. Art, hope I get to meet you at the great workbench in the sky(if and when the Man upstairs invites me up there). Rest In Peace and God Bless.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, June 9, 2022 10:37 PM

"I think that's always worried me about being one of the Few is how we keep on getting... fewer."  -- The Longest Day, FO David Campbell (Richard Burton)

Fair skies and favoring winds, Goldhammer (Art).


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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, June 10, 2022 9:29 AM


    This is what makes life Suck! Good friends wether you met in Person or not. GoldHammer, May you have Fair Winds and Following Seas. You'll certainly be missed!!

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, June 10, 2022 9:37 AM

Very sad to hear this.  He will be missed.



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Posted by Real G on Friday, June 10, 2022 2:00 PM

Aw man, another forum "Good Guy" heads west.  Fare thee well, Goldhammer.  You will be missed.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 10, 2022 7:36 PM

Yeah, I hate to hear this. Goldhammer was always a great guy. 

RIP my friend. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


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Posted by rob44 on Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:42 AM


May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand."

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:53 AM

Sad news, RIP Goldhammer!


"I can't get ahead no matter how hard I try, I'm gettin' really good at barely gettin' by"

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:13 PM


  Well, said!

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Saturday, June 11, 2022 1:05 PM

I saw the post immediately but was set back a bit so I didn't respond. I knew of some of his medical situation but had no idea evidently how severe it really was. 

Situations like this always seem to hit those of us in the modeling community hard sometimes. Any relationships we establish in the forum seem to have a profound effect when we loose one of our friends. Art and I had a very nice forum relationship. While I did not know him out of the forum, he was always a positive influence to anyone he associated with.

I hope and pray that all of his surviving family members are coping well and have been blessed with a sense of peace to sooth their loss. For us, another modeling peer has fallen and cannot be replaced. I guess our Father needed him in his larger forum.

There is no doubt that he will be missed here. Until we meet again Art.....

Ben / DRUMS01

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)


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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, June 11, 2022 2:29 PM

This is sad news, indeed.  A good, kind, and knowledgeable man, I wish him peace.

Rest easy, Art.

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?




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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, June 11, 2022 4:14 PM

Like Drums I read this a couple days ago but didn't know how to repsond.  Although I never met any of you I definitely feel a connection.  We all share a hobby we have a passion for.  Art/Goldhammer responded and guided me on several forum topics as I learned more about this hobby.  Im forever grateful for the help he showed me here on these forums.  He will be missed.  
Heaven just got much better at building plastic models

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, June 12, 2022 6:50 AM

Sad news for sure.

Sounds like those of you who had a chance to know Art, either in person or in priviate communication are quite fortunate.

Never a fun job to pass along bad news, but thank you for doing it, Steve.

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:29 AM

I have had to be away from FSM a lot and everytime I come in to visit, I learn we lost someone.  I had a number of great correspondence with Art through the yeare here. He will be missed.  

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  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Monday, June 27, 2022 12:08 PM

Life has kept me away from the forum for a while, sad to see this. I didn't know him outside of this forum but I really appreciated his depth of knowledge in many areas and his willingness to share that knowledge and help me and others learn.

Thoughts and prayers for his friends and family.


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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, July 3, 2022 6:57 AM

After getting some normality back to life and being able to re-connect to the Web and FSM I read this. It comes like a punch in the gut, but thanks Steve for letting us know. Like many others I did not know Art well, but always enjoyed his input. I wish I had known him better. Rest in peace brother.

At the going down of the sun

And in the morning,

We will remember them.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned


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