March was a busy month for us as some teasers of warm weather brought the R/C people out of hibernation. As a result, we have stocked even more vehicles, drones, airplanes, helicopters, and boats and are constantly adjusting our selection so that you have the widest possible variety of vehicles to choose from.
At the end of the month, we took the show on the road to the F.O.R.K.S. annual Air Show and Swap Meet at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. There was a great turnout and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The weather was nice enough that Butch was able to take our large Yuneec drone outside for some demo flights.
April has started just as busy as March ended as we headed west to a couple of shows. First we attended the Springfield Train Show on April 3rd, then went off to Dayton for the WrightCon Model show on April 8th and 9th. We can now take a breather as we prepare for our very own Smoke Stack R/C Day at the Fairgrounds on June 26th. We are also going to fold our outdoor hobby swap meet into the same date at the fairgrounds. This will hopefully assure us of better weather than we have been getting the last few years in April.
Next up on the schedule is the 2nd Annual R/C Day and Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds. this year’s event will be held on June 26th from noon – 3 p.m. New this year we will have In The Box Concessions and Weldon’s Ice Cream on site to provide a culinary feast for all the attendees. As usual, it is free to come and run what you brung!
Also new is the Swap Meet portion of the day. Due to limited space at the hobby shop, we have decided to hold the Swap Meet at the fairgrounds in conjunction with the R/C Day. So bring your hobby related items to sell or trade. Set up your own tables, spread a blanket, or sell out of your trunk.
New in HO we have a couple of beautiful steam locomotives. The first is a 2-8-0 Consolidation from Broadway Limited lettered for the Ohio Central RR. It features Paragon2 sound and operation system with authentic sounds and prototypical operation in both DC and DCC environments, factory installed engineer/fireman figures, synchronized puffing smoke with each chuff, and variable puffing smoke intensity and timing.
The second is also from Broadway Limited and is a Milwaukee Road S-3. It too features factory installed engineer / fireman figures, synchronized puffing smoke with each chuff, and variable puffing smoke intensity and timing. In addition, the S-3 also has the new Paragon3 Sound & Operation System FEATURING ROLLING THUNDERTM with Authentic Sounds and Prototypical Operation in both DC and DCC environments.
In O scale we have two new arrivals from MTH – a PRR box car with blinking safety lights, and a Norfolk Southern outside brace tank car.
From Miniatronics are these nifty mobile highway signs that illuminate either DETOUR or CAUTION CONSTRUCTION AHEAD. They are available in either HO or O scales and include a 3 VDC transformer.
The Grade Crossing Signal Controller from Walthers adds realistic flash to all SceneMaster crossing signals and controls up to 4 signals. It includes four optical sensors.
New from Proboat is the 17″ Miss Geico Catamaran. This is a complete Ready-to-run set that includes a 6-cell 7.2V Ni-Mh Speedpack battery and a Dynamite charger. The brushed motor is a 380-size and it provides high torque and a surprising amount of speed.
On the Nitro side of things Aquacraft has the impressive 32″ Miss Vegas Deuce Hydroplane. This beauty is Ready-To-Run and comes with a 2-channel Tactic TTX 240 2.4GHz pistol grip with two TSX200 servos and a SuperTigre .18 cu. in. water cooled motor with starter backplate and grooved flywheel for optional belt starting.
In R/C vehicles we have the Vaterra Ford Fiesta Rallycross 1:10 4WD RTR. It comes with AVC (Active Vehicle Control) and is capable of 55+ mph when equipped with a 3S 30C LiPo battery. It includes a waterproof ESC and steering servo and a Dynamite 330Kv, 4-pole brushless motor.
Also from Vaterra we have the 2015 K&N Ford Mustang Drift Car in 1:10 scale. This RTR set features shaft-driven 4WD, realistic brake disc and caliper details, waterproof ESC and steering servo, Dynamite 7.2V 1800mAh NiMh battery, and a Dynamite 200mAh 9V AC charger.
For the rock crawlers we have a wide assortment of crawler parts and accessories from the likes of Vanquish, BeefTubes, KNK, STRC, and White Knuckle RC.
For modelers, we have started to expand our model paint selection. We now carry a select line of Tamiya paints, and are constantly adding to the collection. Modeling accessories continues to grow as we now have paint mixers, model turntables, modeling mats, and a selection of car detail parts.
As always, don’t forget our selection of Pre-Owned / Estate Sale items. It constantly changes as new collections are acquired and brought online. And visit our web site, www.smokestackhobby.com, for all the latest products, shop news, and event listings.