Whew! September has been one busy month for us here at The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop. Over Labor Day Weekend we took the Mobile Unit to the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival. That was a three day event for us and we had a great time. The weather cooperated for once (although it did get a little toasty in the afternoons) and we had a chance to meet a lot of people and introduce them to our shop.
Following that we headed the Mobile unit down to Racine, Ohio for their Party in the Park weekend. Mother Nature was not so kind to us that weekend as the Saturday we were there saw gloomy skies, chilly temps, and lots of misty rain. The sun did not actually poke through until 15 minutes after we packed it in (of course!). We still got to meet a lot of great people and once again spread the word about our store.
The next weekend saw the mobile unit on the road to Beavercreek, Ohio for a model show. Murph and Colton were in charge of this event and had a great time selling all kinds of models. At the same time, we were also taking the bus north to the Age of Steam Roundhouse for a fantastic tour of a live, working roundhouse. After the tour, we sat down to a wonderful lunch of Amish style cooking. I was afraid we were going to have to roll some of the folks to the bus after the all-u-can eat feast! Because the AOS is not open to the public for general tours, we agreed not post photos of the property. However, you can see our intrepid group onboard the bus as we head up to Sugarcreek.
The final weekend saw us taking the Mobile Unit to Zanesville for the Y-City Scale Modelers 17th annual contest held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. This time it was Don and Noah and we had a great time meeting all the modelers! There were over 200 fantastic entries in the show, with some really unique approaches to modeling. If you have never been to a model show, you should try it some time. The level of craftsmanship is always astounding and it’s a great way to pick up some ideas for your next project.
After all that, we will be taking the Mobile Unit to the Fairfield County Fair. Stop by and visit us there. We will be next to the Old School House all week.
Just in from Vaterra is this 1968 Ford F-150 RTR Pick Up. It comes completely ready to run with everything you need to hit the streets. You can even trick it out with aluminum options parts and different style wheels, all sold separately. Out of the box it has low-profile tires on large-diameter 54mm wheels, realistic brake disc and caliper details, a Dynamite 15-turn brushed motor, and includes a Dynamite 7.2V 1800mAh Ni-MH battery and a Dynamite 200mAh 9V AC charger.
Also just arrived are the Kick Flips from ECX. These are 1:36 scale 2WD vehicles and feature a Desert Truck and a Monster Truck. These little guys are completely ready-to-run with everything needed to drive in one box. These have the reliability of 2.4GHz technology, slow/fast throttle settings and a convenient transmitter, integrated quick charger, and the AAA batteries you’ll need to power it. Drive big on the small scale today.
We now have the Temper Rock Crawler from ECX. Rock crawlers are designed to dominate and drive with maximum torque and scale realism. This little 1:18 scale, 4WD rock crawler can conquer the harshest terrain and even hang with its 1:10 scale big brothers at a very affordable price (hint: under $140).
In O scale we have this smoking tank car from MTH. This fully assembled car features operating smoke inside the tank that wafts out the tank filler cap. Operates on any track with any transformer. Includes an on/off switch.
If you are looking or some unique scenery items for your layout, we have just the stuff. Here is some dried cornstalks from JTT Products. Also, some flowering hedges from Scenic Express. They add that little extra bit of detail to really make your layout standout.
Staying with O scale, we have these nifty Coca Cola themed vehicles from Atlas. A 1953 Chevy pickup truck and a 1959 Volkswagen Van.
In HO scale we have this beautiful Kato Amtrak GE P42 Genesis (Phase Vb) locomotive. It features a coreless truck-motor drive paired with a super-heavy solid metal body mechanism that doubles the number of motors while increasing the traction potential and weight for smoothness and pulling power. This model can handle curves as small as 14-5/16″ for operation in spaces normally reserved strictly for N Scale models! Other features include directional headlights and tail lights on both the front and rear for operation as a lead engine, double-headed, or a trailing unit, and illuminated pre-printed numberboards.
In the modeling world, we have some new armor kits from Takom. There is a German 128MM Flak 40 Zwillingaa Gun in 1:35 scale and a German Bundeswehr Loader FUG 2.5T also in 1:35 scale. Both are nicely detailed kits with a very fine fit and finish.
We have also added some new items in the Gundam line. In addition to some new models, we now have the bases to display them, as well as the Gundam marker pens to help you bring out that extra level of detail!
Once again it is time to start thinking about the holiday’s. Christmas is only 3 months away, and we are again extending our normal layaway period an extra 15 days. So starting the first of October, you can take advantage of a 75 day layaway. This means that you have until December 15th to pay off your items. We still require the normal 20% down, with payments made every two weeks. This will insure you have your item in time for Christmas.
That’s it for this month. Again, be sure to stop by and see us at the Fairfield County Fair the week of October 11-17. We would love to visit with all of our loyal customers! Plus, there has been a rumor going around that we may be raffling off some pretty nifty R/C items (but you didn’t hear it from us!!!)