October 2015

Co-opting competitors
Working with other hobby shops may seem counterintuitive, but it has a lot of benefits — for their business and for yours, too
Open to buy
Having the right amount of the right stuff at the right time is the goal of good inventory management — and it’s not all guesswork
Are you ready for EMV?
Chip cards are here to stay, and unprepared retailers may be at risk
1-72 Mercury Spacecraft
Horizon Models launches first kit
Australian-based Horizon Models has released its first product—a 1:72 model kit of the Mercury Spacecraft, which contains parts to make two spacecraft, decals printed by Microscale and photo-etc...
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Andy Sperandeo, former editor of Model Railroader magazine, passed away
Andy Sperandeo, a long-time staff member at Model Railroader magazine, died Oct. 2 at the age of 70. A native of New Orleans, Andy started working at Model Railroader in 1979 and was promoted to edit...
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Adobe: Mobile retail needs a boost
Only 45 percent of consumers are satisfied with retail applications, and just 47 percent are satisfied with retail mobile websites, according to a 2015 digital marketing survey conducted by Adobe. Thi...
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A thief and his dog make off with expensive drones
A man carrying a puppy in and out of a HobbyTown store in St. Charles, Ill. is suspected of stealing two drones with a total value of $1,700.  The crime took place on Aug. 22, according to owner...
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2016 Volvo S90 design exposed, thanks to die-cast model
The final design for the exterior of the 2016 Volvo S90 has been leaked online, thanks to undercover shots of its scale die-cast model. When Volvo had 2,000 die-cast models of the car’s new de...
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DC wins Batmobile ruling
DC Comics has prevailed in a suit brought in 2011 against Mark Towle's Gotham Garage for producing Batmobile replicas.   A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld DC Comics&r...
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Force Friday spurs double-digit gains
Industry data-tracker NPD Group reports that Disney's Sept. 4 global "Force Friday" rollout was a great victory for the Star Wars empire of licensed products, with triple-digit growth in some areas as...
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Rapido Trains launches mystery product at Exporail
Rapido Trains will be hosting its first-ever North American product launch party on Oct. 12 at Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum near Montreal. The new product will be revealed at a 10:00 a.m. pr...
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Daron Worldwide Trading, Toys and Models Corp. merge
Ronald Marx, president of Daron Worldwide Trading, and Jan Halvorsen, founder of Toys and Models Corp., have combined their business activities. Both companies have been producing collectible aircraft...
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Smart Toys and Games names new national sales manager
Smart Toys and Games, Inc., has announced Iris Solomon as the new national sales manager in its specialty area.   Prior to Smart Toys and Games, she was North American channel sales manager for W...
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611 In Steam
This special publication covers the debut of the restored Norfolk & Western No. 611.
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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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Lionel Trains: Best Layouts & Store Displays
This publication will showcase a full range of colorful and collectible model railroad layouts made by Lionel's craftsmen.
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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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