Stack Talk – Vol. 1 Issue 1

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Stack Talk, the official newsletter of The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop.  We hope to bring you all the current news and happenings concerning the Smoke Stack and the hobby industry in general.

Stack Talk will appear monthly and we will cover topics in all the major areas that we sell – R/C cars, truck, boats, helicopters and planes, all scales in model railroading, plastic models, paints and accessories, and the other general hobby areas.

If you haven’t done so yet, please visit our web site at While we do have some of our products listed, be assured that we are working on the site daily to bring you the latest items we have to offer.

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In future issues we plan to expand on this newsletter and bring you more features on how-to ideas, tips and tricks, and product reviews.

Current Events

  • Join us August 3rd, for our first ever Sidewalk Sale! In conjunction with the downtown Lancaster sidewalk sale, we will be having a sidewalk sale at the Smoke Stack. We will also offer a $2 hotdog lunch.


Summer is in full swing and so is radio control.  We have diversified our R/C car and truck lineup and brought in some exciting new vehicles.  If you’re into nitro, we now have the ECXTM Revenge type NTM buggy.  This vehicle provides entry-level surface enthusiasts with a rugged and fast, yet affordable 1/8-scale buggy.  Built on a bulletproof chassis, the Revenge Type N buggy comes locked and loaded with a 4-wheel drive power system that was developed to handle even the most abusive of drivers, while the SpektrumTM 2.4GHz radio system includes the waterproof SR200 receiver, waterproof electronics and Dynamite® .21-size poer system.  All this make you wonder why the model doesn’t cost hundreds more!

1SQ V-CamFor those who like to do their R/C’ing in the air, we have the 1SQV-Cam.  This little beauty adds several new twists to compact quadcopter flying fun. Its built-in digital camera lets you shoot arial videos, with transmitter-activated ON and OFF.  An LED illuminates each motor pod for exciting maneuvers after dark.  And its TAGS-FX Sensor Fusion stabilization system – featuring a 3-axis gyro and a 3-axis accelerometer – corrects drift as well as unwanted movement in yaw, pitch, and roll.  New pilots enjoy unprecedented confidence…experts gain the precision to execute perfect maneuvers.

Back on the ground again, we have the Losi Tuff Country XXX-SCT RTR.  This vehicle is a perfect combination of quality engineering and superior RTR performance. It is based off one of the most successful RC platforms in RC history and is loaded with advanced features. An impressive Dynamite® 3300Kv brushless system is powered by an included, long-lasting 3000mAh LiPo battery and IOW balance charger. All this with a superior Spektrum™ DX2L radio system means the Tuff Country delivers superior handling and extended range operation of this brushless powerhouse on the track or in your neighborhood.

For the plastic modelers, we are aggressively expanding our model selections.  We have already started to add quite a few late model cars as well as the classic muscle cars we all love.  Modeling tools have also caught our attention as we have expanded our paint lineup, added many new X-Acto tools, and are starting to add a number of accessory details for both military and civilian models.


barrelAlthough summer is in full force around here (in the upper 90’s this week as I write this) we are already starting to think about Fall and Christmas. Those are the times when the model railroaders are out in force.  To prepare for that we start our ordering process now and have even started to receive some nifty items.  For those who model in the larger scales, we are now carrying Hartland Locomotive Works products.  These engines and cars are made here in the U.S. and feature fine detailing and brass parts.  We even have a garden railroad kit that mounts to a half whiskey barrel and includes an engine, cars, track and hangers, transformer, and water fountain.

GreyhoundFor O scale we also have the Mike’s Train House Greyhound bus station and the optional bus station dock.  We even have the Lionel Lone Ranger set featuring  a General-style steam locomotive, an operating “Lone Ranger and Outlaw” car, an old-style truss rod gondola with covered box loads, and a 19th century baggage car equipped with Wild West sounds!

For the other scales stay tuned as we start to build up for the “indoor” season.