May 2016

10 ideas to grow your business
Even if your store’s sales have plateaued, these ideas will help boost your customer base, popularity and bottom line
If disaster strikes your small business
When bad things happen to a good business, there are steps you can take to get back on track­—but you must be prepared before the crisis occurs
Critics need a little TLC
When customers leave a bad online review, attention and diplomacy are keys to a positive outcome; here are smart ways to mend your fences
Focus on Retailers: BlueJacket sails along
A Maine model-ship company and retail store continues its long, storied history
American Excellence offering model kits
German die-cast firm American Excellence will now be offering a selection of small scale model kits, U.S. trucks in small scale and more products in 1/24 scale. One of the new products is NEO's 1/43 ...
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Birds vs. model aircraft club
A model airplane club in North Carolina called the Flying Tigers of Jordan Lake may have to vacate the area they fly aircraft due to the presence of endangered birds. The area is a grass airstrip loca...
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SpaceShipOne R/C test model on display at National Model Aviation Museum
The National Model Aviation Museum is now exhibiting the SpaceShipOne R/C test model. In 2004, SpaceShipOne became the first privately built and operated vehicle to achieve manned supersonic spaceflig...
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Burglary at hobby store in Arizona
The latest in a series of smash-and-grab burglaries has hit Queen Creek, Ariz. An unknown man ran his car into the front window of Superstition Hobbies early in the morning of March 28. After breaking...
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Revell initiates changes with new president and model line
Revell GmbH has announced the details of its plans to make major changes within the company, including staff changes and new products. This news coincides with Revell's 50th year in business. In term...
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The good, the bad and the future of iHobby
This year’s iHobby Expo, held March 11-13 at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, N.J., was a show of changes. The most apparent is the change of location, as most previous expos...
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New Drone360 Magazine Hits Newsstands and Mailboxes with a Bird's-Eye View of Drones (aka Unmanned Aerial Systems) and the Industry
Waukesha, WI – (March 1, 2016) – Drone360 magazine launches as a subscription magazine this month, and it’s full of helpful information for everyone from hobbyists who want to buy a ...
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Lee Riley of Bachmann Trains passed away
Lee Riley, vice president of Product Development at Bachmann Trains, passed away Friday, March 4. This sad news came just days after Riley announced his retirement. Richard Janyszek, Bachmann’...
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3DLabPrint makes 3-D model R/C for $20
3DLabPrint released a series of four 3-D printable R/C aircraft for all levels of experience. The Czech-based online shop provides plans and instructions for making 3-D printed aircrafts that can be m...
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Bachmann's Lee Riley to retire
Published: Monday, February 29, 2016 on Bachmann Trains has announced the retirement of H. Lee Riley, Vice President of Product Development, effective March 31, 2016. A distinguish...
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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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