Stack Talk – Vol.3 Issue 6


Our first ever Smoke Stack R/C day at the Fairgrounds was a great success.  If not for Mother Nature I might have even deemed it a rousing success.  Alas, she could not keep her hands off our event (she seems to love us and follows us wherever we go!) and “showered” us with her love a number of times throughout the day.

However, until the rains came, we had a very nice turnout.  We estimated about 100 or more people showed up to run their vehicles and fly their aircraft.  We had buggies and monster trucks, 5th scale and 10th scale, rock crawlers and speed demons.  There were 4 courses set up: a rock crawling course, a road course, a drag strip, and a sled pull.  It looked like all the drivers had a great time bouncing around from area to area, testing their skill and their vehicles against the course and fellow drivers.

Once the rains came, we lost a few of our spectators, but the diehards waited it out and were soon happily sending rooster tails high into the air as they screamed down the front stretch.  By then we had added two large ramps, and everyone had a blast seeing how far and how high they could send their vehicles.

High above we had a number of drones flying and filming the proceeds.  The shop had our own Yuneeq Q500 filming the event while a Blade QX500 and a DJI Inspire were also spotted high above the madding crowd. To see some video footage of the event, check out our Videos page, or click here.

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It was also the maiden voyage of our new hobby shop trailer.  While it is slated to be a mobile hobby shop for future events this summer, it filled in as a makeshift concession stand as we had drinks and snacks available for the hungry crowd.


Here is a slideshow of some of the activities of the day.  Thanks to our in-house photographer Colton.

We had such a good time and received so much positive feedback that we are already planning next year’s event.  Thanks to all of you that came out and supported us!  And thanks to our staff and families that gave up their Sunday time to come out and help us.


As mentioned in the last issue of Stack Talk, Colton and Noah took part in a rock crawling competition near Lebanon, Ohio.  They both turned in very respectable results as Colton finished 22nd and Noah 23rd out of 52 entrants in Class 3.  In Class 2, Noah took 28th while Colton grabbed 37th place out of 115 entries.  Well done guys, and thanks for representing The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop in such a fine manner!

We have recently branched out into new territory for us.  We have started to sell some O scale train items on consignment.  A good customer of the shop passed away two years ago, and the family has been challenged by the effort involved in liquidating his train collection.  We have agreed to step in and help to sell the items.  Over the next few months you will see more and more of this collection appearing in the shop as well as online at our website.  The collection is predominately MTH Railking and Premier items as well as some Lionel, K-Line, and Williams.  There are hundreds of pieces from rolling stock, to locomotives, to accessories. Many will be listed on our website, but many others (accessories, die-cast vehicles, buildings) will be displayed in-store only.  If you visit the website, click on Estate Sales in the left navigation.

In Vol.3 Issue 2, I highlighted a logging caboose that was built by one of our customers.  Unfortunately I had lost track of who the builder was.  I am happy to say that he is now identified.  Dave Wylie of Grove City, OH is the creator of this beautiful model. Click each image for a larger view.

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Don’t forget that coming up one month from now is the IPMS National Convention at the Columbus Convention Center.  The International Plastic Modelers Society convention runs from July 22-25.  The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop will be sponsoring the Delaware Room and we will have a booth there as well.  Why not plan on visiting Columbus and checking out the fantastic modeling that will be on display there.  And stop by to say hello to us.


Just arrived from Traxxas are the latest 1:10 scale vehicles in their lineup – Craniac and Skully.

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Skully (click for larger image)






Craniac is a dark menace with its other-worldly looks. Skully is full of screaming rage  and punishing stare. Both unleash a whole new wheels-up, bone-crushing attitude to the best-selling Traxxas Stampede platform’s proven performance, incredible waterproof durability, and unsurpassed value. They are high-performance monster trucks with legendary ruggedness that’s ready to go head-to-head for monster truck driving fun.

That’s it for this month. We at The Smoke Stack wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July.

p.s. Be sure to look for the Smoke Stack Mobile Hobby Shop in the Lancaster 4th of July parade!!!



Smoke Stack R/C Day at the Fairgrounds

Sunday, June 14th will be our first R/C Day at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio

Bring your radio-controlled car, truck, plane, quad, or helicopter to the fairgrounds from noon to 3 for a fun-filled day of interactive fun.

We plan on setting up a number of race courses for the R/C vehicles including an oval course, a road-race course, a rock crawling course, and a drag strip.

We will also have a limited number of demo vehicles from Traxxas that can be checked our for short demo runs.

If the weather permits, we hope to have some aircraft demonstrations including the Delta Ray from Hobbyzone and the Yuneec Q500 quadcopter.  The Delta Ray comes  equipped with Safe technology allowing even beginners to get off the ground and fly in only a matter of minutes.

The Yuneec is s high-end drone with high-def video and still photo capabilities, and can even return to home base and land itself!!

We will have our full staff there so you can get on the spot answers and instructions.  Murph will also be there with his famous $2 hot dog lunch.  You will also get a sneak peek at the latest hobby shop addition.

It should prove to be an exciting day (if Mother Nature cooperates).  There will be no rain date as the fairgrounds are pretty booked up for the summer.  Keep an eye on our web site or Facebook page for updates if the weather should prove to be questionable.

See you on the 14th!!!