Stack Talk – Vol.3 Issue 4


Coming up April 25th is our annual Spring Hobby Swap Meet.  Once again it will be held in our parking lot from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  All hobby related items are welcome.  There is no charge for sellers.  And we will also have Murph working the grill and doing his $2 lunch of hot dogs, chips, and a drink. If it looks like Mother Nature will not cooperate and sends us lots of rain, check our web site for updates and a rain date.

Our rock crawling crew has been faithfully visiting Mt. Pleasant on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.  Almost 20 cars show up each weekend.  Click here to see a video of the gang on a beautiful Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago (no rock crawlers were harmed in the making of this video).

CGO SteadyGrip™ (click for larger image)

If you enjoyed the quality of the rock crawling video above, it was made with a CGO2 camera mounted to the CGO Steady Grip hand-held gimbal.  The CGO SteadyGrip™ is a ground handle designed to extend the CGO-GB 3-axis gyro stabilized camera from the sky to the ground, allowing you to capture amazing action shots easier than ever before. The camera pitch controller allows precise camera angle control on the go using your mobile device as a display. The Steady- Grip’s ergonomic design is capable of holding up to a 6.4 inch mobile device.  All action in the video above was taken using this device.  And it was all shot by hand – no rails or tripods were used.  The SteadyGrip retails for $149.99 (camera and compatible Device [Android or iOS] not included).

Ruckus BLS
ECX Ruckus BLS 4WD (click for larger image)

For some time now, the ECX Ruckus has been our best selling 1:10 scale 2WD monster truck.  Now we are pleased to present is brushless sibling.  And not only is this vehicle brushless, but it comes equipped with an AVC® Equipped 2.4GHz waterproof receiver and SpektrumTM DX2E 2.4 GHz transmitter.  And on top of that, it’s four-wheel drive!  The motor is a Dynamite® TazerTM 3300Kv 4-pole 540-size and the included battery is a Dynamite® 8.4V 3300mAh NiMH.  The ESC and battery come pre-wired with high-current EC3TM connectors while the Spektrum servos and electronics are waterproof.  Click here to see a video of the Ruckus in action.

I mentioned AVC above.  So what exactly is it?  AVC™ (Active Vehicle Control™) technology uses a combination of sensors and software algorithms to adjust steering and throttle output at a rate faster than humanly possible, allowing for a more manageable driving experience. The level of stability provided by AVC technology can be adjusted to suit your preference and feels completely natural. AVC Heading Hold and Throttle Management features make driving perfectly straight and taking precision turns at high speeds more manageable than ever before. There is no lag in response or limits on your control. With AVC, you’ll feel like you’re driving a finely tuned vehicle, one that handles with precision at any speed and through every turn.

Circuit BLS
ECX Circuit 4WD BLS (click for larger image)

Joining the Ruckus in our ECX brushless lineup is the Circuit Stadium Truck.  It has the same AVC technology as the Ruckus and is 4WD as well.  It has the same motor and battery specs as the Ruckus detailed above.  Watch the Circuit in action here. Both vehicles are ready-to-run out of the box with the included battery and battery charger.  Upgrade to a LiPo battery to take full advantage of their brushless capabilities.

Fury BLS
Arrma Fury 2WD BLS SCT (click for larger image)

Last up in our new brushless lineup is the Arrma Fury Short Course Truck.  The 2WD Fury boasts a 540 size, 4000kV brushless motor and brushless ESC with push button programming and 35A continuous/ 180A burst ratings.  It has strip-resistant, hex head hardware throughout as well as a composite motor mount.  The ADS-5 steering servo is completely waterproof.

Lionel Pilot series 4-8-4 J-Class (click to see the full image)

In the train department we have just received a very special delivery – a Lionel Pilot series Legacy 4-8-4 J-Class.  Produced in limited numbers, Lionel “pilot” engines are finalized with no decoration applied. It’s a unique way to appreciate the fine form of your favorite engine, examine it’s many separately-applied realistic details, and to elevate your locomotive to true collector’s status. A special clear coating is applied to the metal on these fully operable, undecorated engines to protect them for years to come.  The list of features for this locomotive is pretty impressive and quite lengthy, so I’ll touch on just a few.

  • LEGACY Control System equipped – able to run in LEGACY Control mode, in TrainMaster Command Control mode, or in Conventional mode with a standard transformer
  • Odyssey II Speed Control with On/Off switch
  • LEGACY RailSounds system featuring:
    – CrewTalk dialog and TowerCom announcements, each with different scenarios depending on whether the locomotive is in motion or stopped
    – Six official railroad speeds with Crewtalk dialog
    – DynaChuff synchronized with 32 levels of intensity as the locomotive gains speed
    – LEGACY “Real-Time Quilling Whistle” control with instant response for realistic signature ‘quilling’ and correctly timed warning signals
    – Single hit or continuous mechanical bell sounds
    -Sequence Control plays the sound effects of an entire trip, including warning sounds and announcements, based on the movement and speed of the locomotive
    -Current speed and fuel dialog, refueling sound effects
  • IR Sensor equipped
  • Wireless Tether connection between locomotive and tender
  • ElectroCoupler on rear of tender
  • Directional lighting including operating headlight and back-up light on rear of tender
  • Illuminated classification lights on the front of locomotive
  • Synchronized fan-driven smoke unit
  • Adjustable smoke output
  • Interior illumination in cab
  • Flickering firebox in cab

This list represents about half of the features of this beautiful locomotive.  If you are looking for a truly unique and collectible loco, this is one you have to stop in and see!

Also new in O-Scale is a nice collection of water towers featuring John Deere, Norfolk Southern, and Amtrak logos. Click on each image below to see a larger version.

NS John deere Acela

For the pilots out there we now have the Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon RTF w/CGO2 camera.  The Q500 Typhoon is a complete aerial photography and videography (APV) system that records full HD 1080p 60 FPS video and takes 16 megapixel still photos.

We have really expanded our selection of trains sets in all scales.  From Lionel to MTH to Bachmann we now have the largest inventory of trains and sets in the Fairfield County area.  Stop in to see our selection of DCC and DCC ready locomotives in HO and N scales.  If you are new to DCC, we have many DCC equipped locos for under $80.  We carry a large selection of rolling stock to go with those locos too.  And if there is something we don’t have that you would like to see us carry, whether it be trains, scenery or accessories, send us a note at  We are always happy to hear from you and want to make sure we stock the products that you want!

Yuneec Q-500 Typhoon (click for larger image)

The Q500 arrives 100% factory-assembled and test flown, so it is “ready to fly” out of the box. The Q500 includes the aircraft, a 1080P HD camera, a CGO2+ 3 axis precision gimbal, the ST10+ personal ground station, 2 batteries, a charger and an 8GB microSD card. In addition, there are a number of accessories including a sun shade, car charger, USB adapter/charger and an extra set of 4 rotors.

The ST10 personal ground station is a 10-channel 2.4GHz RC transmitter that supports a 5.8GHz video downlink that delivers streaming video to the built-in screen of the transmitter.

While the Q500 offers a superior flying experience, it is the quality of the video and still images that sets it apart. The CGO2 GB combines the 12 megapixel, 1080p/60FPS camera and the 3-axis brushless gimbal into a single unit that captures smooth, steady aerial video and still images in vivid detail.

The Q500 has another really cool feature – Follow Me.  You can set the quad to follow you around (just be sure to avoid areas with many trees or power lines).  Click here to see this feature in action.

This quad is HUGE.  It’s very impressive to see in person.  But at the same time, it is one of the most stable and easy to fly quads we have ever seen.  We test flew ours and even inexperienced pilots were able to control and have a blast with it.  It comes with the same camera and gimbal that was used to record the rock crawlers at the top of this edition.

Upcoming events on our calendar include our RC Day at the Fairfield Country Fairgrounds on June 14th, the IPMS 2015 National Convention July 22-25, and a special event we are planning for September (more details on that later).

Well that’s it for this week.  Time to go and mow the yard (better than shoveling snow) !  Hope to see you all at the swap meet.