Ok, so it’s a little cold outside. It’s just Mother Nature’s way of telling us it’s time to focus on our layouts, get that model built that we’ve been putting off, get that R/C car in our closet tuned-up and ready to go, or start planning for that new airplane we want in the spring. So let’s see how The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop can help with those winter projects.
To help get you inspired to work on that layout, we have some customers who have shared some photos of projects they have worked on this winter. (click the photos for a larger image)
Bob Hays has spent time this winter working on kits from J.L. Innovative and B.T.S. You can see his handiwork below. We have included a quarter and tweezers in the photo to give some perspective on the size and detail involved.
Another customer (who will go unnamed because I forgot to write it down — if you know who you are send me your name and I will make sure you get your credit in the next newsletter) has been working on a nifty logging caboose. It is from a Kadee kit and looks really nice!!
And to wrap up trains, Doug Heitman repainted one of his N scale locomotives into Buckeye colors to celebrate the winning of the first ever College Football Playoff Championship.
On the model side, Gary Vorwerk built this nice German Mark IV WWI Heavy Battle Tank. The Mark IV was a British tank of World War I, introduced in 1917. About 40 captured Mark IVs were employed by the Germans as Beutepanzerwagen (The German word Beute means “loot” or “booty”) with a crew of twelve. These formed four tank companies from December 1917. Some of these had their six pounders replaced by a German equivalent.
For the R/C people out there we have been aggressively adding to our rock crawling selection. We now have in stock 5 different rock crawlers to choose from including our latest addition, the K-5 Blazer Ascender from Vaterra and the Axial SCX10 Ram Power Wagon.
The K-5 4WD juggernaut is based on the Vaterra® AscenderTM chassis – an incredibly scale off-road platform that is engineered for extreme off-road environments. It comes completely assembled and equipped with waterproof electronics so you can drive it anywhere a full-scale off-road truck would go.
The SCX10™ Ram Power Wagon is modeled after one of the toughest civilian 4×4 trucks on the planet. This legendary Ram pickup is now available for heavy duty service work on the jobsite during the week and trail adventures with all your friends on the weekends. The beautiful two piece body can be split and used with the AX80046 SCX10™ Roll Cage Flat Bed Set (not included). The details in the front grill and both bumpers really sets this vehicle apart. As always, you can expect top level trail performance from this Axial offering.
Plastic modelers have a number of neat kits to choose from. From Orochi we have the 1:35 scale M3A3 Bradley CFV. All the wheels are moveable, there are cement-free workable track links, 2 types of markings, and mask included. Murph has given this kit his thumbs up and rates it the match of many Tamiya kits. It is a great value at only $32.99
Also just in as a restock item is the always popular Revell GMC Pickup with snow plow. The kit sells for $19.95 and is a great project to work on, especially with the weather conditions as inspiration :).
We also have a new kit from Academy – the Azera sedan. This is an MCP (multi color parts) model, meaning no painting is necessary. It can be built with or without paint and glue. And it has an accurate interior and exterior.
Finally, for those of you who have built every car model we have, the next challenge is to create a diorama. And for that we have Joe’s Power Station from Academy. This kit has highly detailed plastic pieces molded in white, gray and clear and comes with detailed reproductions of an air compressor and hydraulic lift as well as reproductions of a water can, creeper, wrench and battery, gasoline pump and building. Waterslide decals and illustrated instructions included. Add a base, some grass and trees, the vehicle of your choice, and you can have one really nice diorama.
We haven’t forgotten the train people. New HO scale rolling stock from Bachmann and Accurail are in as well as locomotives from Kato and InterMountain. In N scale many of our MicroTrains cars are now on sale. In O scale we have new arrivals in the form of Williams and MTH rolling stock. And stay tuned as most of our G scale stock will be going on sale soon!
In closing, this weekend marks the end of our holiday hours. Sunday, February 22nd will be our last Sunday we are open until November. We will continue to maintain our normal hours of Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. We will also be holding our annual swap meets in the Spring and Fall (more on those events to come in future issues). And don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 14th. This will be our first Smoke Stack R/C day at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. We are in the early stages of planning the events for that day and will provide more information in the coming weeks.
Stay warm and happy modeling, railroading, building, tuning, kitbashing……..