The calendar says that Spring has officially arrived. I think Mother Nature needs to get a new calendar! It’s still snowing outside as I write this. Oh well, warmer temps really are just around the corner – we can tell by all the R/C car and truck activity that we have seen lately. Cars and trucks are coming out of storage from the long winter and receiving cleaning, repairs, and updates by our expert team. If you have a long unused vehicle, or one that simply needs some TLC after last seasons use, bring it in and let our repair department work its magic on it.
Another sign of Spring is the ever increasing sightings of the G scale model railroader. This creature emerges from a long winter hibernation and starts to work on the outdoor version of what so many of us spent the winter on. Ground must be prepared or cleared of debris, track must be laid or rehabbed from the winter elements, and trains must be prepped and run. We can help! We have many new items in stock in G scale, from locomotives and rolling stock, to figures and structures, and of course track. You can see some examples in the Arrivals section.
Coming in early May we are planning our first annual Smoke Stack Hobby Shop Swap Meet. We will provide further details soon, but our initial plans are for an all scales, all vehicles, all trains, all anything swap meet. If you got it or need it, bring it and swap it, sell it, or buy it. We will also have the grill fired up and have hot dogs, chips, drinks, and popcorn for a nominal fee.
April 11th and 12th we will be having our Customer Appreciation Sale. We will be offering double Smokey Bucks on all purchases. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for additional details.
Warmer weather promises to be just around the corner, and we have just the ticket for it. In G scale we we some beautiful offerings including the gorgeous Bachmann Baldwin 2-6-0 in the classic Bumble Bee livery. It’s compatible with any G scale equipment and has an operating headlight, smoke and speed-synchronized sound, metal gears and an updated lead truck. It also comes with metal siderods, separate piping and all metal handrails.
Also from Bachmann is the large scale crossing gate. Made of durably molded plastic construction with steel tubular rails and life-like crossing gates. The gates automatically lower as a train approaches. It can be painted and decorated to simulate ground cover and is designed for use with Bachmann’s Large Scale Track. This will add animated excitement to your outdoor layout.
Finally we have the AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter, Power Edition in stock. The Power Edition includes two 1500mAh HD batteries that provide up to 36 minutes of flying time (18 minutes per battery). You can also customize your AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition with the three included additional colored propellers. And the Drone still includes HD photo and video capability. This quadricopter is controlled intuitively using a Smartphone or a tablet. The ultimate flying experience! View the Earth from above, in high definition, and share your experience on the Internet with people all around the World.
In closing, while we are not a toy store, we do make an effort to get children and young adults involved in the hobby world. We have a large number of Snap-Tite model kits from Revell which are great for children. They are easy to assemble, require little to no glue, and in many cases can be done without adult supervision. We also have a number of Tamiya kits which require assembly, but when finished, give the builder a working crawler, walker, dozer, etc. These are great for science projects, 4-H, or anyone just wanting to try their skills at building a mechanical kit.
For those who want to build a little differently, we have a nice selection of entry level train sets which are easy for youngsters to assemble and allow them to experiment with their own vision of what a train layout should look like. And to assist with that initial set, we always try to keep a fair selection of gently used items on hand. This can range from locomotives to rolling stock to figures. In some cases many of the items are still new, but we acquire them at great prices and pass that savings on to you. While we can never predict the amount of bargain items on hand, we do make an effort to have items in all scales. So get your kids involved in a hobby. Most kids love “building” and will surprise you with what they can do with a little encouragement.