October 2014

Plenty to see at NTS
Manufacturers show off innovative new products in Cleveland
Brighten up your store
Discover the secrets to a joyful workplace and how it affects your bottom line
Marketing: Stick to the plan
Create, organize and implement a successful marketing plan with measurable results
10 smart ways to control workers' comp expenses
Reducing costs requires attention and commitment, but the reward is a safer, healthier workplace
Slow day? Grab a broom
Take advantage of downtime by getting your store back in shape
Trainfest 2014 to add space, attractions
America’s largest operating model railroad show just got bigger. Trainfest 2014 has added 15 percent more floor space to accommodate more operating railroads, show organizers announced Sept. 17...
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Fire destroys Lake Junction Models
A fire broke out at Lake Junction Models LLC on Aug. 26. The building, located in Webster Groves, Mo., and all of its contents were destroyed, according to owner Bill Hoss. The cause of the fire was u...
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White River Productions acquires Railroad Model Craftsman, Railfan & Railroad
White River Productions of Bucklin, Mo., has acquired Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines, as well as the book line formerly published by Carstens Publications. Existing subs...
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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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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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Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition

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Historic Trains Today
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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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