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. We will have a private tour of the museum, after which you will be free to roam the grounds on your own.

After the museum tour, we will be heading to lunch at Twin Lakes Golf Course & Restaurant. Lunch will be an all-you-can-eat buffet.

From lunch 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.

Cost is $70 and includes your roundtrip transportation, the museum tour, lunch, the Kemper Yard viewing, and snacks and drinks on the bus.

Departure from Lancaster will be at 7:30 a.m. and we anticipate returning at 7:30 p.m. Our departure point will be Lowe’s on Rt.33 in Lancaster. Parking will be at the end of the lot, furthest from the store.

If you are located in Columbus, we are working on a pickup spot in that direction so you don’t have to come all the way down to Lancaster.  And for those of you who were with us last year, we have upgraded the bus! 🙂 We will have an on-board bathroom, reclining seats, overhead luggage area, air conditioning, DVD, and Wi-Fi.

Click here to purchase tickets on-line. Or call the shop at 740-653-0404. Tickets are limited to the first 55 reservations.

Stack Talk – Vol.4 Issue 5

NEWS

The Hocking Valley Model Railroad Club continues construction of an HO scale layout in the shop. So far track is down and painted, the layout is wired, and roadways are being added. Check out the photo gallery for all the photos showing the layout in progress.

EVENTS

2nd Annual R/C Day and Swap Meet

This month 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. We plan on having a road course, drag strip with timing, and a sled pulling area. 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. We will have a private tour of the museum, after which you will be free to roam the grounds on your own.

After the museum tour, we will be heading to lunch. We are still working on the details of that and will have them available when we have it finalized.

From lunch 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 final pricing, will be made available as we get those sorted out. We anticipate the cost to be in the $70-75 range and it will include your roundtrip transportation, the museum tour, lunch, the Kemper Yard viewing, and snacks and drinks on the bus. Space is limited to the first 55 people who sign up. We will send out a final notice with a link for signup once the last details are in place. Signup will be available online or via phone on June 15th.

Departure from Lancaster will be at 7:30 a.m. and we anticipate returning at 7:30 p.m. Our departure point and parking are yet to be determined. If you are located in Columbus, we are working on a pickup spot in that direction so you don’t have to come all the way down to Lancaster. Oh, and for those of you who were with us last year, we have upgraded the bus! 🙂 We will have an on-board bathroom, reclining seats, overhead luggage area, air conditioning, DVD, and Wi-Fi.

NEW ARRIVALS

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

  • AMT Der Beetle Bus
  • MPC ’69 Barracuda
  • Revell Joey Logano #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion
  • AMT Ghostbusters ECTO-1A

After a long absence, we once again have the Vaterra 1968 Ford F-100 RTR Pick-up. It features:

  • Officially licensed 1968 Ford F100 body
  • Shaft-driven 4WD with sealed differentials
  • Low-profile tires on large-diameter 54mm wheels
  • Realistic brake disc and caliper details
  • 2.4GHz radio system with batteries
  • Includes Dynamite 7.2V 1800mAh Ni-MH battery
  • Includes Dynamite 200mAh 9V AC charger

Please click here to see many more new arrivals.

Just arrived from Yuneec is the Typhoon H.

Equipped with six rotors, a 360-degree gimbal camera and retractable landing gear all at an unprecedented price, the Typhoon H is set to provide the latest professional grade features to consumers everywhere.

The 360-degree gimbal with the new CGO3+ camera allows unlimited panning for breathtaking 4K videos and 12 megapixel stills. The landing gear retracts during flight to seamlessly remove itself from the shot for unobstructed views. New programming features add new flight and image capture modes including Point of Interest, Orbit, Curved Cable and Journey.

The newest drone in the Typhoon family still meets Yuneec’s standard of being ready, easy and safe to fly. Innovative new safety features include ultrasonic proximity detection to assist in avoiding large obstacles, and a failsafe system which allows Typhoon H to remain stable and land if a motor should fail.

The Typhoon H comes with the professional quality Android-based ST16 controller, which has a large 7-inch integrated display and HD 720p video downlink for stunning real-time video reception.

With the ability to add mission-specific modules, the Typhoon H is the next generation platform for enthusiasts and professionals. Planned add-ons include a high performance collision avoidance module based on Intel® RealSense™ Technology and an advanced IR camera module

The Typhoon H maintains the Typhoon family’s focus on safety with features such as Geo-fencing, Variable Speed Control, Dynamic Return Home, Low-Battery Return Home and FAA No Fly.


We now have the Bachmann Digital Commander HO train set featuring E-Z Command. This is an HO Scale Ready to Run Electric Train Set with GP40 & FT diesel locomotives. Create your own fledgling railroad empire or work with a friend to coordinate freight and switching operations. The exclusive E-Z Command digital control system lets you independently control the speed, direction, and lighting of two decoder-equipped locomotives. The set includes 56˝ x 38˝ oval of nickel silver E-Z Track.

From M.T.H. we have the 1955 GM Aerotrain. It features 2 precision flywheel-equipped motors, Proto-Sound 3.0 featuring passenger station Proto-Effects, lighted interiors, directional headlight, and operates on O-31 curves.

CABOOSE

We’re planning a big Father’s Day weekend sale, June 16-18. Check our website or stop in and shop our specials.  And visit our website,www.smokestackhobby.com, for all the latest products, shop news, and event listings.