Stack Talk – Vol.4 Issue 4

NEWS

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The Hocking Valley Model Railroad Club has begun  construction of an HO scale layout in the shop. The layout will be built completely of items that can be purchased in-store. It will consist of a combination of Bachmann E-Z track and Atlas sectional and flex track. The club plans on leaving sections of the layout in various stages of finish so the viewer can see the before and after effect. The club meets weekly, so stop in and check out the process. And if you can’t make it in, check out the photo gallery to see the layout as it progresses.

EVENTS

2nd Annual R/C Day and Swap Meet
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 food.. As usual there is no charge to participate. Just come and run what you brung!
Swap Meet
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.
3rd Annual Smoke Stack Hobby Shop Field Trip
This year’s big event will be on August 20th. We are planning a trip to Bellevue, Ohio to visit the Mad River and Nickel Plate Railroad Museum. The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum was opened in 1976 as a lasting bicentennial project featuring our local railroad heritage. It has since become the largest rail museum in Ohio.

From there we will move on to Kemper Rail Park to take part in Rail Fest 2016. The Kemper Rail Park is a special viewing area and is situated at the West end of Norfolk Southern’s Bellevue Terminal, the largest classification rail yard on NS, and the 2nd largest in the United States. You’ll see trains headed to, and coming from Chicago, Fort Wayne, St Louis, Toledo, Detroit, Columbus, and nearby Sandusky. You’ll also see the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad come in and out of Bellevue. 100 train movements per day through this area is possible, with a variety of foreign locomotives as well.

Additional details, including pricing, will be made available as we get those sorted out. Of course, the trip fee will include round trip bus transportation as well as lunch. 51 is currently in negotiations with various parties, and once she has them beaten into submission for reasonable pricing, we will pass that along. 🙂

NEW ARRIVALS

After a long wait, the Traxxas X-Maxx is back in stock (in a limited quantity). This behemoth is a small 5th scale monster truck. it has innovative new features that include;

  • Exclusive Self-Righting Action, if vehicle rolls upside down – just press a button on the transmitter and in most cases the X-Maxx will flip upright onto its wheels.
  • One handed body mount and removal system eliminates body posts and pins.
  • Battery Retention System eliminates body clips or hook and loop straps
  • Shock towers also serve as carrying handles and level supports when vehicle is placed upside down for maintenance.

It comes in red or blue.


New from Blade is the ZeyrokTM RTF Drone with Camera & SAFE® Technology. This drone comes fully assembled and features an incredibly durable, lightweight unibody airframe. It’s available in brilliant yellow or vibrant green color schemes and features brilliant LED orientation lights with status indication. You can remotely control the 750p/1.3MP camera. The Zeyrok comes with a large 750mAh 1S Li-Po flight battery and convenient USB charger.

We now have the new Walthers 110′ foot motorized turntable. This length is typical of bigger tables built from 1900s on – some still in service today. It will hold locos up to 15-1/4″ (38.7cm) long. The table features a Control Box for use on DC or DCC layouts with programmable indexing for up to 99 tracks. There is also one*touch 180-degree bridge rotation and a simplified LED display.

From Lionel we have the Hudson Key Rack and the 1957 Coat Rack. Both are made from die cut 18 gauge steel with a durable powder coated paint process that resists scratching and UV fading.

For the modelers, we have a nice selection of new arrivals. They include:

  • Takom MBT “Chiefton” MK11
  • Meng Russian MBT T-90A
  • Asuka Models U.S. Sherman M4 “China Clipper”
  • AMT 1971 Dodge Charger R/T
  • Revell ’67 Nickey Camaro

Please click here to see many more new arrivals.

CABOOSE

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.