New Train Photos Added to Our Online Collection

This morning I have added a number of new train and trolley photos to our online Flickr collection. The original slides, with the exception of 4, were taken by Al Kalmbach, the founder of Kalmbach Publishing in Wisconsin. Kalmbach publishing is the producer of Trains magazine and Model Railroader magazine. Blackhawk films out of Davenport Iowa duplicated the original slides and sold them to collectors. Kalmbach photographed these primarily during the 50’s and early 60’s.

We have several thousand slides and photos in our collection and as time permits I will add them online.

Trolley Photo

Trolley photo from our collection of train photos

Happy viewing,



DML Die Cast C-17 Special Offer

Kevin has worked a special deal with DML for more of the die cast C-17 models at a substantially lower price. This beautiful diecast model is the Globemaster III operated by the 62nd Airlift Wing (62 AW). This formation containing 7,200 personnel is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington. The active-duty unit is part of the Eighteenth Air Force of the Air Mobility Command.

When these models first arrived in early summer we were able to price them at $44.95 which was discounted from the retail of $55.95. With this SPECIAL OFFER we are able to sell the limited stock for $24.95. That is 55% OFF the retail price. Now that’s a deal. If you have ever seen one of these impressive aircraft you will never forget the experience. They are huge!

Built by the  Boeing and is used for strategic airlift purposes. Currently serving  within the air force ranks of the USA, Australia, Canada, NATO, Qatar and the United Kingdom.

Grab one today before they are all gone.

New Airfix Resin Bridges for Military Modelling or for Train Layouts

Just received a couple of new Airfix Resin Bridges for Military Modelling or for Train Layouts. These beautiful bridges can be used for both military diorama building and model railroading. The detail is especially good and with some painting and weathering would fit nicely in your HO scale train layout. The full span bridge can be used either as a pedestrian or road bridge and is based on a style found all across Europe. They are both resin model kits and do require paint to complete.  That’s it, as all of the modeling is built in, no assembly required. The physical size is about 11 long by 2.5 high by 5 wide for each. The “broken” bridge would be great as a falling down bridge on a train layout.


Happy modeling,


What up?

Things are always a little nuts around here at Mark Twain Hobby Center. There are always some new products arriving in the warehouse and of course tons of restocks. Rachel does a great job keeping things straight back there in receiving. I would imagine that there are times when she is a bit overwhelmed after FedEx and UPS have arrived. Anyway, here are just a couple of new things that are hot!

1/8 scale DXR8-E Pro Roller Off-Road Buggy Rolling Chassis

Duratrax 1/8 scale DXR8-E Pro Roller Off-Road Buggy Rolling Chassis

This is the new 1/8 scale DXR8-E Pro Roller Off-Road Buggy Rolling Chassis by Duratrax.

Or how about the TKR5000 by Tekno RC.

Tekno Radio Control TKR5000 EB-48 Electric racing buggy

Tekno Radio Control TKR5000 EB-48 Electric racing buggy

Here is a link for more information:
and finally, we received the NEW 2013 Walthers HO Reference book in today. What a great book to sit down and drool over the cool train items and layouts that are shown.

Walthers 2013 HO Scale Train Reference Book

Walthers 2013 HO Scale Train Reference Book

Well, that is it for now. Keep on hobbying……….


Regatta – St. Louis Admirals R/C Model Boat Club – Newsletter

The Saint Louis Admiral Radio Control Boat Club are preparing for their 24th Annual Regatta at the Boat House in Forest Park September 29th and 30th, 2012. This is a fun event with lots of boats to see running in the lake.

Here is a link to their information page:

Regatta – St. Louis Admirals R/C Model Boat Club – Newsletter.


Plan your calendar so that you can attend sometime during the 2 day event.
Happy sailing,

See What is due out by Revell – Monogram this month



We Get
New Releases First!

As a Revell Preferred Partner, we receive the new Revell and Monogram
model kits earlier than other retailers. Visit our store and look for a
special Revell Preferred Partners display that includes this month’s
newest plastic models. And, don’t forget to grab a copy of the advance
order form located on the display to pre-book your order for items
coming in the next couple of months! For a look at what’s new this
month, just read below. Click on a product image for more information.


These new releases are due any day.

'50 Oldsmobile Club Coupe

85-4254 ’50 OldsmobileTM
Rocket 88
Club Coupe 2n1

All new tooling!
Exclusive details include:

  • Separate frame
  • Stock car racer interior
  • Rear fender skirts and chrome trim
  • Scale: 1:25
Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

85-4011 Shelby® Cobra
427 S/C®

Part of the value-priced Dream
Rides series.
Exclusive detaillling includes:

  • Opening hood with fully detailed
    427 cubic inch engine
  • 2 piece wire wheels and side
    exhaust system
  • Separate raised convertible top
  • Scale: 1:24
69 Dodge Charger Daytona

85-4910 ‘69 Dodge Charger Daytona

Exclusive detailing includes:

  • Aerodynamic nose section with
    photo-etched grill insert
  • Detailed 440 Magnum engine
  • High post 3 piece rear wing and
    separate fender scoops
  • Scale: 1:25
68 Pontiac Firebird

85-4905 Chip Foose ’68 Pontiac®

The first in the NEW Chip Foose
Exclusive details include:

  • Chip Foose Design wheels
  • Pontiac® 400 c.i. Ram
    AirTM engine
  • Optional race engine parts and
  • Scale: 1:25
Dodge Viper RT/10

85-4010 Dodge Viper RT/10

Part of the value-priced Dream
Rides series.
Exclusive detailing includes:

  • Hinged hood section with detailed
    V-10 engine
  • Coil spring suspension and 4 disc
  • Separate side exhaust
  • Scale: 1:25
UH-34D Marine Helicopter

85-5323 UH-34 D Marine Helicopter

Exclusive detailing includes:

  • Detailed cockpit and interior with
    separate side door
  • Recessed panel lines
  • Underside winch details
  • Scale: 1:48

What Makes a 4-Star 40 Fast for RC Pylon Racing by Paul Geders

Here is a great article written by Paul Geders of Saint Louis on how to supe up your Sig 4 Star Forty for club pylon racing. Paul has raced with the Spirits of Saint Louis Radio Control Flying Club for many years and has the experience and technical knowledge to give you a hand in building a winning racer. Take a few minutes to read this article, then go out and join the racing fun. Click on the link to read this:

What Makes a 4-Star 40 Fast for RC Pylon Racing by Paul Geders

By the way here is a link to the Spirits RC Flying Club website for more information on the club and their activities:

Hope you enjoy this,


Mark Hann’s Garden Railroad in Rural Missouri Newspaper

Greeting everyone,

In the last issue of Rural Missouri magazine that is put out monthly by the Rural Electric Cooperatives there was a wonderful article on our friends (and customer) garden railroad. Mark Hann has been working on his railroad for many years and this was a neat article showing Marks handiwork. Here is a link to the article:

Mark stopped by and gave me a disk with a number of the photos that were taken by the author of the article, Kyle Spradley. I posted the pictures on our Flickr site and here is a link to see all of the photos :

Also there is a cool video that was taken with the miniature camera that is in the cab of one of his locomotives. Watch it here and enjoy:

It goes to show what you can do with model railroading and gardening. Mark also has a neat G scale (same size) in his basement for those days when the weather is not pleasant to be out enjoying.





Traxxas Robbie Gordon Speed 1/10 SLASH

The Traxxas Robbie Gordon Speed 1/10 SLASH 2WD RC race truck had only been available through Robbie Gordon and they were really not for sale but promotion. Due to a shipping error from Traxxas to one of our suppliers we were able to get hold of some and have them available ready to drive. Here is a link to them on the website:

This is one cool truck. Take a look at the other graphics:

They will go fast so don’t delay.

Have a great day.


Norfolk Southern’s St. Louis District: NKP 765, Part 1 – YouTube


Here is a very nice video of the Nickleplate 765 Berkshire loco that came through on the Norfolk Southern lines this past weekend for Employee Appreciation events. The still photo in this post is from the St Louis Post Dispatch article.

Norfolk Southern’s St. Louis District: NKP 765, Part 1 – YouTube.