September 2014

Rebuilding iHobby Expo
Trade show organizers hope slight changes lead to incremental improvements
Railroading reality check
A reflection on the state of the model railroading retail industry
Take command
Everything you need to know about the new standard in toy trains
Business records: What you should keep, and why
A primer on good recordkeeping, with advice on both for tax time and for good business management
The gift that keeps giving
Gift cards and certificates offer add-on sales, new customers and community goodwill
Days of Wonder
Days of Wonder merges with Asmodee
The Asmodee Group is set to expand its reach in the U.S. after it recently acquired game publisher Days of Wonder Inc. The move, technically a merger, will place Days of Wonder under the Asmodee umbr...
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Gen Con, Mayfair Games raise $40K for charity
Gen Con 2014 was a hit at the turnstiles, but the hobby gaming convention also received plenty of support for its official charity partner, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. With the help of a $20,000 d...
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Publisher of Railroad Model Craftsman closes
Carstens Publications, Inc. closed permanently on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Carstens Publications, Inc. has been publishing Railroad Model Craftsman and other hobby magazines from its New Jersey offices ...
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New Stevens website feature points to dealers carrying Stevens' products
Hobbyists can now find out exactly which dealers have acquired the newest products from Stevens International. The company announced its new Stevens Hobby And Retailers Enhanced Search (SHARES) on Au...
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Minicraft Models
Minicraft relocates, names new management
Minicraft Models has relocated its corporate offices while at the same time naming new leadership. The company announced on Aug. 18 that it has appointed Lewis Nace, a longtime hobby industry member,...
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Seagull Models
SIG, Seagull Models reach distribution agreement
Seagull Models has named SIG Mfg. Co. as its exclusive distributor for the United States and Canada. SIG announced the agreement Aug. 14. It will take effect Sept. 1. Seagull manufactures more tha...
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Märklin to expand distribution network
Wm. K Walthers will no longer exclusively distribute Märklin GmbH products in North America, beginning Jan. 1. Märklin plans to expand its distribution network in the North American market....
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Obituary: Dr. Thomas Catherall of Märklin
Dr. Thomas Catherall, 71, a former digital consultant for Märklin Inc., died Aug. 1 following a stroke. “Tom’s colleagues at Märklin Inc. and Märklin GmbH will miss Tom&rsq...
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Professor Motor
Professor Motor to distribute Ninco slot cars
Slot car dealers must now to turn to Professor Motor Inc. for their Ninco sets. Ninco Desarrollos SL named Professor Motor as its exclusive wholesale distributor in the U.S. and Canada. Professor Mot...
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Walts HobbyTown
HobbyTown drops 'USA,' adds several new stores
From a rebranding effort to the addition of an iconic independent hobby store, HobbyTown has been quite active lately in getting its name in front of hobby customers. And, yes, that name is “Ho...
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What’s Selling: Games
Below are the What's Selling responses from our September survey on the games hobby segment. HobbyTown USA College Station, Texas Board Games: Mayfai...
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What is your store's return policy, and how often do you utilize it after the holidays?
Michael Magee, Hub City Hobby, Hattiesburg, Miss., said: “We accept returns only on unused merchandise in resalable condition, and then only for...
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What are some of the ways your store goes the extra mile for customers?
Gerry Satterwhite, Greenville Hobby Depot, Greenville, Texas, said: “I sometimes give a big discount on items to special customers, or just gi...
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Whats Selling Games - March
Below are the What's Selling responses from our March survey on the games hobby segment.Hub City Hobby Hattiesburg, Miss.Board games: Mayfair Game...
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How to Build Realistic Scenery
This special issue gives proven techniques you can trust to make scenery as realistic as possible.
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Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition

This is the one-source guide modelers need to learn to install trackwork properly for smooth operation in any scale.
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Historic Trains Today
Explore the history and heritage of railroading with Historic Trains Today.
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Building Dioramas
Acclaimed modeler Chris Mrosko explains how to build dioramas that showcase models and create dramatic scenes, as well as offering expert modeling tips.
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