Finally!! Warm weather is here and with it all the fun of the great outdoors. And we took advantage of that with a fortunate rescheduling of our annual Spring Swap Meet. It was originally scheduled for April 25th but the threat of nasty weather forced us to move it back one week to May 2nd. And boy are we glad we did. The original date turned out to be cold and rainy while our rain date was beautiful, with sunny skies and temps in the 70’s. We had a great turnout and I think everyone had a good time. Of course, Murph was grilling up his famous hot dogs and there were lots of bargains to be found.
Our intrepid Rock Heads (Colton & Noah) will be traveling down to Lebanon, OH the weekend of June 6th for a rock crawling meet. They will be competing with dozens of others in various classes for fame and fortune. We’ll let you know how they did.
Now that the warm weather appears to be here to stay, be sure to stop in and see all of the fun items we have. I won’t go into all the details here, but for the remote control people we have cars, trucks, planes, boats, helis, and drones.
For those that prefer a little more bang for the buck, we have a great selection of Estes rockets from kits to ready-to-fly complete with launch pads. And of course a variety of motors for that epic launch!
We have boats too! From brushless powered speed merchants to catamarans, sail boats, and air boats. Check out this great way to enjoy summer fun.
June 14th is almost here and that means our first annual Smoke Stack Hobby Shop RC Day at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds is too! This is shaping up to be a great way for our customers to come out and run their vehicles (nitro or electric, big or small) on a large, open playground. And best of all, we are offering this event for free! No admission charge!! The event will last from noon to 3 p.m.
We have the use of the horse track directly in front of the grandstands. Our plan is to have a number of tracks set up – a rock crawling area, an oval race track, a road course style track, and a drag strip. We’ll rotate among the tracks for some formal racing (at least as formal as we at Smoke Stack get) and when we’re not racing you can run your vehicles. All we ask is that everyone practice common courtesy towards other vehicles – no smashing and crashing. Some of these cars cost small fortunes!!!
If any of you would like to volunteer to help out, either as race marshals or race directors, please see Don the day of the event.
We are also going to have a number of demo vehicles available to us courtesy of Traxxas. Due to the limited number we’ll have, you will be able to check one out for a 5 minute period, which should be enough to let you get the feel of the vehicles. This will be a great opportunity for those that are thinking of taking the plunge into the RC world to actually try a vehicle before purchasing.
RC means not only surface, but aircraft as well. We hope to be doing some demos of beginner aircraft as well as a few drones.
Of course, Murph will be there cooking up his famous hot dog lunch with a drink and chips. So bring an appetite as well as your vehicle.
If Mother Nature decides to play nice this time we should have a great day. Due to scheduling challenges, there will not be a rain date. If it begins to look like weather will be a factor, check our web site and our Facebook page for updates.
We finally received our shipment of SmartSignals from Z-Stuff for Trains. At this point we only have the O scale version, and in a limited supply. But they look nice and promise to be a nice, easy to install addition to any layout. See our previous article about these nifty signals here.
Still speaking of trains, we have just recently expanded our selection of Thomas and Friends. Besides some really neat sets, we now have a great choice of individual locomotives, including Thomas with speed activated sound and moving eyes. The analog sound system includes whistle, puffs, and steam exhaust upon stopping. We have a selection of individual cars, and figures and some wooden accessories that we have found can pair well with the powered Thomas pieces. In fact, using Thomas as a feature in a more traditional layout is a great way to add variety and enjoyment for all ages. Check out our display for ideas.
New from Broadway Limited is the 2-8-0 Consolidation w/DCC and sound. This beauty is available lettered for B&O or for the Ohio Central. Its compact wheel base and die cast construction makes this a real treat for steam enthusiasts who seek a high quality model with cutting edge detail and design that will run on smaller radius curves. It features a Paragon2 Sound and Operation System with authentic sounds and prototypical operation in both DC and DCC environments. It has factory installed engineer/fireman figures, synchronized puffing smoke with each chuff, and variable puffing smoke intensity and timing. It can run on code 70, 83, and 100 rail with a minimum radius of 18″.
In the surface RC department we have a trio of new arrivals. First up is the Arrma Senton 6S BLX short course truck. for those of you familiar with Arrma, this is the SCT version of the Arrma Kraton. This is RTR truck is a 60mph+, 4WD, brushless vehicle with a high-quality 2.4Ghz Radio Transmitter and Receiver, Wheels and high-performance dBoots Tires, waterproof ESC and Steering Servo, super-efficient NiMh Battery Pack and Multi-region Wall Charger.
From Associated we have the RTR 4WD ProRally. The ProRally is a factory assembled AWD (all-wheel-drive) rallycross-inspired RC car based on the popular ProLite 4×4 platform. The ProRally comes Ready-To-Run out of the box and features a Reedy brushless motor, XP water resistant speed control, and high-current T-Plug Connectors. The XP 2.4GHz radio system is fully adjustable and provides reliable long distance control. We have the vehicle available in two paint schemes.
In modeling, we have just added a new assortment of balsa and basswood from Midwest Products. We are also getting ready for the IPMS (International Plastic Modelers Society) national convention to be held in Columbus this summer. We will be at the show and won’t be hard to find. Just look for the Smoke Stack Hobby Shop room. We will have a number of tables., so stop by and say hello. The show will run July 22-25 at the Columbus Convention Center.
That’s it for this month. Hope to see you on June 14th at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds for RC Day!!