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September 2016

12 tips to make the sale
Five retail experts offer tactics for dealing more productively with customers and making cash registers ring a merry tune
A dealer's road map to show security
Selling at a show is a great way to promote your store; use these simple tips to keep your experience hassle-free

Looking good on Pinterest and Twitter
Showcase your eye-catching products on visually charged social-media sites
Trains rule at Big Little
New Jersey shop is a model-railroad haven, but it offers customers much more
caboose Hobbies
World's largest model train store is closing
Caboose Hobbies, located on South Broadway in Denver, will close its doors on Sept. 25. It lost the lease at its current location a few weeks ago and the owners, Duane and Joanna Miller, had to deci...
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Ludo Fact
German game manufacturer LUDO FACT opens new location in U.S.
Ludo Fact GmbH has acquired the controlling interest in Jessup Paper Box in Lafayette, Ind., giving it a new location in the U.S. This new branch, called Ludo Fact USA, was revealed at Gen Con on Aug....
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caboose Hobbies
World's largest model train store has to move
Caboose Hobbies, located on South Broadway in Denver, has lost the lease at its current location and must move by October 10.   Because it is the world’s largest model train shop, this mea...
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Asmodee F2Z
Asmodee to acquire F2Z Entertainment
Asmodee announced July 22 that it had entered into exclusive discussions to acquire F2Z Entertainment Inc. Over the last two years, Asmodee has acquired the rights to Days of Wonder and Fantasy Flig...
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Big Airplanes, Big Events Part of Boeing’s 100th Anniversary at OSH16
The 100th anniversary of The Boeing Company, the world’s largest commercial and military aircraft company, will bring a unique collection of airplanes and presentations to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh...
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Store celebrates 35th anniversary
Scott’s Toys and Hobbies in Duncan, B.C., is celebrating 35 years in business. The store, located on scenic Vancouver Island, proudly boasts of being “Your one-stop-shop for all your trai...
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Comic and graphic novel sales reach $1 billion in 2015
According to a new estimate from ICv2 and Comichron, comic and graphic novel sales reached the $1 billion mark in 2015. ICv2’s Milton Griepp and Comichron’s John Jackson Miller estimate th...
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HMA’s MRID Council honors awards recipients
The 2016 recipients of the Hall of Fame and Bobbye Hall Awards received their recognition plaques from the HMA’s Model Railroad Industry Division (MRID) Council on July 10. The ceremony was held...
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Kalmbach publishes adult activity books
Kalmbach Publishing Co. is jumping into the adult activity book business this fall with four releases—three coloring books and one dot-to-dot book. More are planned for the coming year. “...
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R/C drifting club for youth
Twenty-three-year-old Hayden Gager has set up a remote-control car-drifting club in Coventry, England, to help youth socialize and learn more about the hobby in a safe environment. The Drifters RC Cl...
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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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