Great RC Flying Video to Watch

This is a great video to watch even if you are not into RC flying. The guy flying this is only 20 years old and is phenomenal. While you can learn certain things on the simulator, the only way to really get this good is to go out and fly (and crack up a few planes). I really envy modellers  that can fly like this. Just click on the image for the link to watch.

This originally came from Model Airplane News Magazine’s website and was written by John Reid.  Here is their comment:

“When Gernot Bruckmann stepped up to fly at last weekend’s Tucson Aerobatic Shootout, the crowd knew they were going to watch something special. A native of Villach, Austria, this young man is only 20 years old and has been flying model airplanes since he was 14 years old. So far he has competed in about 160 contests in different categories. After watching this video, I think you’ll agree with the judges who awarded him first place in this year’s Freestyle competition! He is now a 4-time Tucson Shootout 4-minute Freestyle champion, 3 Time E-TOC champion, 2 time EXFC Champion, 2 time German Acro Masters champion, and he is also the German and Austrian Champion in Acro Gliders.”

Hope you enjoy this,

Keep flying



Walthers 2013 N-Scale Reference Book for Model Railroading is here

Well, it’s that time of the year when the weather begins to change and for many that means it is time to give up the outdoor activities and head to the basement to work on the trains. And the people at Walther’s knows this quite well as they schedule their annual release of the Walther’s Reference Books for model railroading. These “catalogs” are famous for the sheer amount of model train stuff that is shown by the different manufacturers. They are correct in calling it a reference book. I enjoy spending many hours just flipping through to see what is available or for ideas. The HO scale book was released a few weeks ago and was mentioned in a previous post and yesterday the N Scale book arrived.


Here is the official Walther’s blurb on the the book:

“For 80 years, Walthers has been committed to the fine tradition of model railroading.

The annual Walthers Reference Book is a ‘must have’ for model railroaders – those with years of experience as well as those just getting started.

Exciting new features in 2013 include:

* All-New Wall Calendar

* Easy-Access Up-front Hobby Shop Listing

* New Name Train Stories

* And More!

It’s a usable, collectible resource. Don’t just take our word for it…

“For most any model railroad project I work on, I turn to one of the Walthers Reference Books. Walthers Reference Books have been an important resource for me, especially when planning modeling projects. While the Internet is a great tool for finding information, it works best if you already know what you are looking for. With the printed Reference Book, you can easily browse selections of products, which can be great for generating ideas. Many times over the years I’ve started looking for one thing, only to find something better just a few pages away, which ultimately makes a better finished model. The Reference Books are a great modeling tool.”

-David Popp, Managing Editor, Model Railroader magazine

As always, there are thousands of new and current product listings plus Information Stations, inspirational Magic photos and model railroading resources.”


If you are interested in Model Railroads or even just model diorama building take some time to check these reference books out. They really are neat to see.
Happy Modeling

Vic Smith’s City Edge Model Train Layout

I am sure that you have seen the large photographs in the store showing parts of Vic Smith’s City Edge model railroad layout. Vic has been working on this urban masterpiece for many years now, even  producing a DVD of the operation and scenery called City Running . Here is a link to a Youtube video that Vic put together showing some of the bits and pieces of his layout:

This is such an incredible model railroad with an awesome amount of urban (city) detail, grit, people, vehicles and much more. Usually, you can see Vic either in the store or at many of the model railroad events that take place in the area. Grab the video in the store or online at .
Happy modeling,


Hobby Clubs and You

Over the years I have seen many a hobbyist go strong in their particular area of interest only to peter out as time went on because they did not have anyone to talk with that shared the same interest. Or there were times when the kids soccer games were over and the hobby interest was rekindled and the search was on to rejoin the group or club once again. While the number of clubs or number of members might not be as great as it was years ago before competition with the web or television there are a surprising number of groups or associations out there with your particular hobby interest. Here is a list of groups that we have put together:

I am sure that there are some clubs or groups that were missed, and I welcome your response to let me know of them. Whether your interest is Model Railroading, Radio Control Airplanes, Boats or Car/Truck racing, War Gaming, building Scale Models, it really doesn’t matter, there is a group of like minded people like you. As a rule there are also blogs and forums on the web that cater to your interests as well. Even if you are not a “club person” per say, just hanging around friends that share the same interest has always been motivation to keep plugging away at a project for me and will do the same for you.

I encourage you to look into and join or support the local hobby club or association that shares your hobby interest.

Keep on hobbying


Saint Louis Admirals Annual Regatta at Forest Park Boat House

The Saint Louis Admirals Radio Controlled Boat Club had their 24th Annual Regatta on September 29th and 30th at the Boathouse in Forest Park. Each year the boats keep getting better and better. Here are some pictures that were taken at the regatta and originally posted on their Facebook page. You can either click on the picture below or the link to see all of the pictures on Flickr:


If you enjoy RC boating (scale or non-scale electric) give the Admirals a call or visit their website here for more information on the club. Having known many of the members for a long time, I can assure that you will have a great time with this group.
Keep on floating,


I just received an email from Bob McNeil about this special excursion that is taking place. Here are the details:
“Wabash Special” excursion ride on the Columbia Star Dinner Train 
Sunday November, 4th 2012. 
Board Train @ COLT Transload facility.
6501  North Brown Station Rd. Columbia, MO  65202
Be there by 1:30pm.  Ride will be 2 1/2 – 3 hrs.
Cost will be $33 per ticket, this includes tax.
 Young children riding on laps are free, (please only one per paying ticket.)
There is NO food served, however beverage bar will be available at extra cost.
Rare opportunity to enjoy a ride up the COLT RR Branch line with other railfans.
Marty Paten – Local Historian will be riding to share history of Railroad.
Please make reservations by Saturday October 27th
Seating is Limited, first come first served.
Please Do Not Call the Columbia Star Dinner Train for Tickets or information.
Reservations or information may be obtained by: 
or by phone – David Ackerman # 573-817-5683
Those sending checks in the mail must be postmarked by October 27th.
There will be no refunds after October the 27th.
   Send Cash, or Checks payable to “Columbia Star Dinner Train”  to:
Wabash Special Excursion
c/o Matthew Sabath
7404  N Wishing Well Dr
Columbia, MO  65202

New Production Custom Made Aircraft Display Cases

Protect your 1:72 plastic or die-case model airplanes from the elements while displaying them in style. This case will allow you to do both with the included Hobby Master airfield display base. Airplane not included.

Inside Length: 10 5/8″ (26.99 cm)
Inside Width: 7 7/8″ (20 cm)
Inside Height: 4 1/2″ (11.43 cm)

These cases are custom made for us by Showcase Products and are beautiful to say the least with a black stepped base and very clear and clean seams. This particular setup includes the Hobby Master airfield base which shows the models off quite well.

Happy modeling


Building Scale Model Aircraft – Monogram B-29

This guy did a neat job of modifying a Monogram B-29 kit with electric motors and lights. Take a look at the video and enjoy.

Building Scale Model Aircraft

Here is a picture of the model as it is presented by Monogram. This model is still available as Monogram 855711

monogram b-29 plastic model aircraft kit

It is fun to watch the props turn. This video was from the website and I believe that the modeler’s name was Oscar Gagliardi.

Happy Modeling



Mark Twain Hobby AT NHRA Midwest Races

Last weekend at the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison Illinois (just across the river from Saint Louis) Traxxas set up a booth showing their RC trucks and cars.  Mark Twain Hobby Center was represented in the booth by Sean Cason, Dennis Fischer, Darren Vancour, Bob Fowler, Sherrie Stueck and Jerry Dean. Way to go guys (and Sherrie). For more pictures check out this link at KPLR TV: