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11 new products at iHobby

While the focus at iHobby expo was on consumers, we found new products to interest retailers; here are a few of our favorites.

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By Elizabeth Nash
Published: May 11, 2016
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1. Light Genie
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2. Cornerstone 110’ Motorized Turntable
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3. 2016 HO NYC R-17 Subway sets
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4. Large Scale 2-6-0 Grizzley Flats R.R. (Emma Nevada) Steam Locomotive
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5. HO SD38 Diesel Locomotive
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6. HO EMD SD70Ace diesel locomotive - BNSF
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7. Ho Big Boy Steam Loco, DCC with Sound #4014
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8. D9 Bulldog 1:10 Front-end RC drift car
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9. Short Course truck Muscle Baja Bodies
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10. Sofft Tools
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11. Bent nose Plier & TK 3600-Photo-Etch Tool Kit
The 2016 iHobby Expo was a show in transition. Held in Edison, N.J., March 11-13, this year’s event turned its attention to consumers for much of the three-day run. And with the added draw of the Greenberg Train and Toy Show, which shared the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center with iHobby, thousands of hobbyists roamed the aisles despite the unseasonably warm weather outside.

Although some big-name manufacturers were missing, and many R/C exhibitors chose to attend the RCX show that same weekend in California, there were still new products to see—especially in the model railroading booths. Here are a few that caught our attention.


MODEL RAILROADING

1. Light Genie
Model Rectifier Corp.
Light Genie (No. 025000, $49.98) is a wireless system with a 2.4GHz transmitter. MRC had a large layout at its booth with flickering street lights and controlled four-way stops to show off Light Genie’s capabilities. With 12 outputs, Light Genie can control 24 light bulbs or 48 LEDs. The receiver is divided into five zones. Each zone can independently turn on lights, as well as dim or brighten them. Light Genie offers more than 20 different lighting effects including se-quential flashing, strobe lighting, fast flicker to produce a fire effect and double strobe.

2. Cornerstone 110’ Motorized Turntable
WM. K. Walthers
Scheduled to be available by late April, this user-friendly turntable (No. 933-2851, $349.98) is a must-have detail for engine terminals. It holds locomotives up to 15-1/4” long and has programmable indexing for up to 99 different tracks. Includes one-touch, 180-de-gree bridge rotation in either direction, and comes complete with motor and control box for use on layouts with DC or DCC train control.

3. 2016 HO NYC R-17 Subway sets
MTH Electric Trains
These all-new subways are available in Northbound and Southbound four-car powered sets and non-powered two-car add-on sets (No. 80-234*-*). Each car is extremely detailed and has a durable ABS body, metal chassis and detailed undercarriage. Those featuring Station Stop Proto-Sound 3.0 cost $379.95, and those that are DCC-Ready cost $279.95.

4. Large Scale 2-6-0 Grizzley Flats R.R. (Emma Nevada) Steam Locomotive
Bachmann Trains
This eye-catching locomotive (No. 81489, $1,250) was on prominent display at the Bachmann booth. Expected to be-come available by the end of the year, its features include an electronic printed circuit board to accommodate any control system. There is a fully function-al Stephenson valve gear with operating piston valves, crosshead pumps with piping, Johnson bar and linkage. The suspension is capable of providing smooth operation on uneven track. Operators have the option of adjusting the timing and count of stream chuffs.

5. HO SD38 Diesel Locomotive
Athearn
Although the cut-off date to place orders has already passed, retailers can still check with their dealers or fill in a backorder form with Athearn for these highly sought-after trains. Their expected delivery date is late January 2017. Locomotives without sound cost $134.98, and those with sound cost $184.98. Paint schemes include Bessemer & Lake Erie; Conrail; CSX; Elgin, Joliet & Eastern “J” Logo; Norfolk Southern; and Penn Central.

6. HO EMD SD70Ace diesel locomotive - BNSF
WM. K. Walthers
Each of these limited-edition BNSF roadnumbers is a one-time run. They are available in standard DC versions (Nos. 910-9801, 910-9802; $129.98) and SoundTraxx Sound & DCC (Nos. 910-19801, 910-19802; $199.98). The cars come fully assembled and can easily handle 18” radius curves. Includes a heavy die-cast chassis and constant and directional lights.

7. Ho Big Boy Steam Loco, DCC with Sound #4014
Hornby Hobbies
The wheel arrangement on this new locomotive (No. HR2638, $459.99) has a unique 4-8-8-4 alignment, with four leading truck wheels for stabilization followed by two sets of eight driving wheels and ending with four supporting trailing truck wheels. This positioning allows for turns up to 20 degrees.


RADIO CONTROL

8. D9 Bulldog 1:10 Front-end RC drift car
Dean Tech
The first weight-realistic drift car from Dean Tech, the D9 Bulldog (No. CR10100001-kit, $554.01) features a true front-motor and belt shaft drive train. The design offers a closer, more realistic weight distribution that mimics the physics of real-world drift cars to allow prolonged high-speed drift action. Designed from the ground up, 98 percent of this car is carbon fiber and aluminum. The carbon plates look terrific underneath the body.

9. Short Course truck Muscle Baja Bodies
Parma
Colorful truck bodies lined the display tables at Parma International’s booth. Most notably was #85 (No. 1250) and #68 (No. 1248), both 12” wide. The Muscle Baja has unique styling and plenty of wheel clearance to mount it high or low. The clear .040” body includes window paint masks, decals and Easy-Peel body mask. Each new Baja body costs $39.99.


TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES

10. Sofft Tools
PanPastel
The newest generation of sponge tools for applying water-based material. With these applicators, the visible brush stroke is eliminated (as shown in the image above), and the finished product looks more realistic thanks to micropore sponges that are semi-absorbent. The sponges are more manageable than a brush, re-usable and easy to clean. Covers (No. 6200*) and knives (No. 6500*) are available in round, flat, oval and point.

11. Bent nose Plier & TK 3600-Photo-Etch Tool Kit
Xuron Corp.
Of all the specialty tools offered by Xuron, two products stood out. The bent nose plier (No. 486, at right, photo courtesy of Rio Grande Inc.) is useful for makers working with chainmaille. The 90-degree bent nose makes picking up and transporting the smallest jump ring effortless. The brand new Photo-Etch Tool Kit (No. TK3600) was designed for scale-model builders working with delicate photo-etch. It includes three tools for cutting, bending and holding—the Professional Photo-Etch Scissor (No. 9180ET), TweezerNose™ Plier (No. 450) and the Micro Bending Plier (No. 575).

Elizabeth Nash is associate editor of Model Retailer.
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