Stack Talk – Vol 3. Issue 8


SSHS Mobile Unit
SSHS Mobile Unit

Fall is rapidly approaching and that means football, falling leaves, and cooler temps. It also means that the Smoke Stack Hobby Shop Mobile Unit will be hitting the road.  We know many of you travel long distances to get to our shop, and this is our attempt to bring the shop to you. Over time we hope to expand our reach into many of the communities where our customers live.  We are starting small to get the feel of things, so our first trip of September will be to the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival. If you are in the area on September 5th, 6th, or 7th stop by and see us.

September 12th the Mobile Unit will be in Racine, Ohio for their Party in the Park Festival. Come on down and enjoy the classic car show with us.

September 19th will find some of us on the road to the Age of Steam Roundhouse (see below) while the Mobile Unit will be on the road to Dayton for the Dayton Area Plastic Modelers Fall Invitational.  The show will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The Vineyard Annex. 4051 Indian Ripple Rd., Beavercreek, OH and is open to all interested modelers and their models. Click here for more information.

Age of Steam Roundhouse (click for larger image)

We still have some tickets available for the Age of Steam Roundhouse Tour on September 19th. Your $60 ticket gets you roundtrip  bus transportation to the Roundhouse from Lancaster, a two-hour tour of the facility, and an Amish buffet lunch at the Dutch Valley Restaurant in Sugarcreek. Tickets can be purchased by calling the shop at 740-653-0404. You may also purchase tickets online at our web site. Click on EVENTS in the left menu.This is a rare opportunity to visit a practically new, working roundhouse. This is not some museum piece or a falling relic. The AOS Roundhouse actively rebuilds and restores steam engines from around the country. For photos and additional information on the roundhouse, click here.

In the last blog post we talked about the Yuneec Q500 with the 4k camera. Our in-store demo unit has the HD camera, which while not as powerful as the 4k, is still pretty darn good.  You can see a sample of it here, as we took the Yuneeq outside the shop and went straight up to film the Lancaster area. This also gives you a pretty good idea of just how stable the Yuneeq is and how easy it is to fly it. It looks like it’s on a rotating pole, but that is actually just how stable this large quadcopter is! The initial view is looking towards the intersection of Rts. 22 and 33. Then we pan left to follow Rt. 22 as it heads toward Chillicothe, eventually coming round full circle.


Lionel O-27 MoonPie Box Car (click for larger image)

Just arrived is this O-27 compatible MoonPie box car from Lionel. It has die-cast,sprung trucks, operating couplers, a metal frame, and opening door.  We are also continually adding to our consignment collection of O scale locomotives and rolling stock. There is an assortment of MTH Railking and Premier stock, Lionel, Atlas, and Williams.  Also a large and very nice assortment of die-cast vehicles. You can see most of these items on our web site under Estate Sales on the left menu, but there are quite a few special items that are not listed online, so be sure to stop in to check those out..

Dromida Vista (click for larger image)

Another new arrival is the Dromida Vista quadcopter.  The Vista is slightly larger than its predecessor, the Ominus, and also comes in  4 color selections (red, blue, green, and white).  While this new beast may not have the power to reach the moon, it will do quite well in your backyard. The frame is made of a rugged plastic that can take a lot of abuse. There are four flight modes (Easy, Normal, Advanced, Expert) to assure an easy learning curve and also allow for some advanced aeronautics.  This quad can also perform flips at the touch of a button.  It comes with a Dromida MR100 SLT radio with digital trims, flight mode button and flip button.  The transmitter is powered by four included AAA batteries. And the receiver is compatible with other SLT transmitters such as the Tactic TTX650.  Finally, there are high-intensity multi-color LEDs for easy tracking and orientation. Included in this ready-to-fly set is an 850mAh 1S LiPo battery and a USB type charger.

With the cooler weather approaching it means some of you will be shifting your hobbies indoors. In anticipation of that, we have started to stock many more accessories in N, HO, and O scales. Figures, buildings, trees, vehicles, fences, etc. Too many to list here. You’ll simply have to drop in and check them out.

TrakPowerSolderingStationFor those of you that like to build, we now have the TrakPower digital soldering station. The digital LED display shows selected temperature, heating status, and operational alerts. Push button controls adjust heat in precise 1 degree increments. The security key locks in the selected temperature, preventing accidental changes. This unit will hold the selected temperature within 1.8 degrees F (1C) while idle.

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Our last model show (at the IPMS Nationals) really depleted our in-house stock of plastic models quite a bit. So since then, Murph has been busy getting some new exciting models lined up, paying particular attention to building up our sailing ship inventory.. We have already seen a selection of newer car and boat kits arrive, and we are expecting some nice new armor and aircraft kits in the near future. More details on those when they arrive.

September is promising to be a very busy month at the SSHS. We have almost every weekend booked with some kind of event. Hopefully we will see you at one of those. If not, drop in to say hello and browse the aisles – every week something new and different arrives.

Stack Talk – Vol.3 Issue 7


Model Gallery (click for larger image)

We attended our first IPMS (International Plastic Modelers Society) Show at the Columbus Convention Center.  We had a great time, saw some incredible models on display from all over the world, saw some of our customers and met existing and new suppliers.  We sponsored The Delaware Room where we set up our both.  We sold a lot of model kits!  Many that you have been looking at for too long–and that means we’ll be restocking with new kits.  We are already looking forward to the next national event to be held in Columbia, SC next year.

That same weekend, our rock-heads (Noah and Colton) competed in Logan and raffled off a Deadbolt!  A great time was had by everyone, especially the lucky winner.

Coming up there are a number of events that we will be attending during September and October.  With our mobile trailer (AKA The Smoke Stack Mobile Unit) we’re planning to visit many of the places that our customers travel from, so keep checking our events section and read the newsletter.

First up is the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival.  We will be there all three days (Sept. 5-7) so make sure to stop by and see us.

ALL ABOARD!!!  On September 19, we will be hosting a trip to The Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek, OH.  This trip will be limited to the first 50 reservations.  The cost is $60 and will include bus transportation there and back from Lancaster, admission to the roundhouse, and a buffet lunch at the Dutch Valley Restaurant.  We will leave Lancaster at approximately 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The tour begins at 10:00 and last about two hours. Following the tour we will head to the restaurant, then after lunch, back to Lancaster.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at the shop (740-653-0404) or click here to purchase your ticket online.  Don’t delay…this is a rare opportunity to see a real, working roundhouse in its prime. Tickets will go fast!  Reservations must be in by August 31st.

(Sorry, per the Roundhouse rules, no children under 10 are permitted)



New from Athearn is the Genesis SD70ACe in EMD demonstrator colors. It comes with or without DCC and sound.  The loco features correctly-sized operating ditch lights, snowplow, front and rear trainline air hose with silver tips, multiple unit (MU) hoses with silver tips, and coupler cut bars. There are also train line air hoses, flat or tapered front and rear anticlimbers, windshield wipers, tinted side windows, mirrors, detailed and painted cab interior with control stand, display screens, and detailed crew seats. Whew!


For those of you preparing to lay some track in HO scale, we now have a nice selection of track laying templates to help you get the perfect curves and straights in flex track.  Ribbonrail and Tracksetta both offer templates in a variety of curve radii as well as straight sections to help you get that perfect looking trackwork..

Yuneec Q500

From Yuneeq we have the updated Q500 that now has the 4K camera. This camera is so high def, it makes your high def TV look bland.  Seriously, this camera is so advanced there are only a handful of TVs even on the market yet that can do its picture justice. But don’t let that stop you from being the first kid on the block with this ultra cool machine. It features a Personal Ground Station with built-in touchscreen, integrated 3-axis precision gimbal camera, 4K/30fps ultra high definition video, 1080p/120fps slow motion video, user controlled video resolution, white balance and light exposure, 12 megapixel photos with No-Distortion Lens, and a Handheld SteadyGrip for capturing video footage on foot. Our in-stock item also comes with two batteries and a light-weight aluminum case.


Also just in is the Inductrix Self Leveling quad from Horizon.  The Blade® Inductrix™ drone is an ultra micro machine that can be flown just about anywhere. Four specially tuned EDF rotor systems give this modern quad the appeal of a jet. As a result, performance feels incredibly smooth with far less noise than a conventional propeller rotor system. Durable rotor housings inherently prevent damage whether it’s bumped into walls or falls into the grass. Brilliant LED orientation lights and a sleek body design help keep you going in the right direction. Innovative SAFE® technology with self-leveling makes staying in control easy, even if it’s your first flight.  This RTF quad includes both red and blue bodies, a 150mAh 1S 3.7V 25C Li-Po flight battery, and a USB Li-Po charger.

RC4WD Beast II Kit

On the ground we have the RC4WD Beast II 6×6 Truck Kit. This kit features  Custom Designed for True to Scale Looks, Realistic Aluminum Ladder Frame Chassis, R3 Single Speed Transmission, Center Mounted Realistic 4×4 Transfer Case, Cast Metal Axles with Locked Differentials, and much more.  Click here for all the details.

Aquacraft Lucas Oil Catamarn

There is still lots of warm weather ahead of us, which means it would be a great time to launch that new boat. From Aquacraft we have the Lucas Oil 4S Catamaran. Some of its features are a hull that is painted with hand laid fiberglass, a catamaran design with drop tub interior, 1800kV brushless water cooled 6-pole motor, 4mm bullet connectors, Tactic TTX240 2.4GHz 2-channel pistol grip radio, and a 60A ESC with 5.2V/2A battery capacity. Needless to say, this baby will MOVE!

We are also continuously adding to our consignment collection. We still have a lot more pieces to catalog and get in store, but as we do, we also add them to our web site.  Be sure to check online for all the latest additions.  There is a great selection of O scale locomotives, rolling stock, die-cast and figures with much, much more yet to come.

That’s it for this month. Stop in and see us at all the events while you’re out and about.