Fall is officially here. The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping, the Buckeyes are rolling, the modelers and train guys are getting into the season, and 51 is plotting. Not being a football fan, she thinks the fall season is a little boring. So to liven things up, she is introducing our first ever, first annual, First Sunday at the Smoke Stack event….for the first time (she made me type all that 🙂
What all that means is that the first Sunday of November marks the Smoke Stack’s return to Sunday hours for the winter season. Starting November 2nd, we will once again be open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. And on the first Sunday of the season, we will be celebrating that opening by having all the staff in house so that you can chat with the guys (and 51) about your hobby topic of choice. This will allow the folks who are not able to see us during the regular work week, or on Saturdays, to get in and visit with us, pick up that hobby item you might need, and pick our brains for hobby advice. You can also inspect all the new products we have on hand for the winter season. And of course, we will have the usual popcorn, cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate.
For us, November means the start of the holiday shopping season. We have been busy since late summer planning our winter and Christmas line-up, and many of those products have started to arrive. In addition to some of the Halloween railroad items and quadcopter reviewed last issue (click here to see the review of the Dromida Ominus), we are getting shipments of new Lionel Christmas cars, MTH rolling stock, HO and N scale accessories, model kits, and some nifty new R/C cars and trucks. Keep reading for some additional info on some of these products.
Work on The Big Dog Scenic Railway continues as Murph is getting close to completing his painting of Mt. Westcamp and Butch is putting the finishing touches on a number of bridges. Next up will be adding scenic details to make the railroad come alive. In addition to adding buildings and nature scenes, we are also working on adding lineside signals, with the assistance of long-time customer David Perkins.
We have been busy doing some minor shop adjustments. We cleaned up our airplane parts section so that the parts are easier to see and find. We then tackled the model paint section and moved some of our paint racks up higher so that those of us who are challenged in bending over and peering at minuscule writing 6 inches off the floor can now actually see the paints we are looking for (or in our case, make restocking so much easier). And we organized the model accessories a little nicer too. Finally, we took a shot at the train accessory wall and attempted to make that cleaner too (we still have some work to do there).
Just in is the new Kodo quadcopter from Dromida.
You can pay two — even three — times more for a camera-equipped quad if you want to. But why would you do that when you can have the KODO for just $59.99? It’s as complete as any ready-to-fly quad out there, shoots crystal-clear photos and videos, does flips at the touch of a button and measures just 3.5 inches (90 mm) diagonally.
And that’s just part of the story. Don’t let its’ small size fool you. The KODO is one tough little bird. Smart construction makes it first-timer tough and big-time durable.
Still, while the KODO is hard to damage, it’s one easy quad to fly. Its advanced electronics include a stabilization system that puts a 3-axis gyro and 3 accelerometers to work keeping the KODO right-side up and level. Plus, the radio gives you a choice of three flight modes — Easy, Normal and Expert — so you can start with it, stay with it and most of all, have fun with it! In fact, with the Auto Flip button, you can do 360° flips like the pros your first time out!
It’s complete, too; the KODO is ready to fly, with nothing to buy. You get everything, in one box, right down to “AAA” batteries for the 2.4GHz radio.
Our in shop tests have show the KODO to be an easy flier and we highly recommend it. Look for a more in-depth review on this great little quad soon.
We have the largest selection of 1:10 scale R/C cars and trucks in the area. And we have just added some 1:18 vehicles to the lineup. Now available are the ECX Ruckus and Torment and the Dromida BX-4, MT-4 and SC-4. They are all water-proof, 4WD vehicles that provide loads of fun at an affordable $109.99.
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Next month we will be spotlighting even more new products for the Christmas lineup. And don’t forget, we offer a Christmas Layaway plan as well as Smoke Stack Hobby Shop Gift Cards!