My, How Time Flies at Mark Twain Hobby Center

My, how time flies. Dan McEntee, our longest part timer (32 years) stopped by yesterday and showed me the first Mark Twain Hobby Center newsletter. It was dated November 1980. Since it was only 2 pages I thought that it would fit into this post. What is really interesting are the products and prices from 33 years ago. One great example was the Lindberg Blue Devil Destroyer plastic model kit. Back then we had it on special for $17.99. Now they retail at $129.95 with a street price of about $80.00. Or how about the Kraft 6 channel sport series radio with servos and receiver for $235.00. Those were the days.

One other thing that you don’t see much of any longer is the fact that I typed this newsletter on an electric typewriter. I know, some of you that are quite young are asking what is an electric typewriter. Heck, sometimes we didn’t even use correcting fluid, we just typed right over the mistake.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy going back a few years in time.

Dennis

PS Don’t expect these prices to be valid today. (That’s a disclaimer)old newsletter

old newsletter-1


Are You Immersed In Your Hobby?

World War 1 Soldiers in France with a Bee Suit

World War 1 Soldiers in France with a Bee Suit

While this picture is not related to any of the hobbies that we carry at Mark Twain Hobby Center, I am using it to ask you “Are You Immersed In Your Hobby”? This fellow certainly is. This is a group of World War 1 soldiers in France obviously taking some needed rest. The “Bee Suit” that the one soldier is wearing is actually a swarm of honey bees. To do this he took the queen from the swarm and placed her on his clothing up around his neck. When the rest of the swarm located her they lit onto his clothing and neck and hung out forming the “Bee Suit”. Obiously, this soldier had the hobby of beekeeping back in the states and was used to being around the bees as he is very comfortable with them. Do you take the time to show people your hobby, or spend time telling others about the neat things that you do? Do you get really excited about the things that you do or build and want to share it with others? I certainly do and think that if you were to put out a survey it would show that those that enjoy their hobby the most are the same ones that share their excitement and joy with others about that hobby. Clubs are a great place to find others that have the same hobby interest and passion as you. How about sharing with others through such outlets as nursing/adult day care centers or at the library or in the schools?

Over the years that we have been in business, we have put different groups in touch with hobbyists that would go out and spend a little time with others sharing their interest and passion. One such event dealt with older men in an assisted living facility that enjoyed building balsa stick models. Dan McEntee spent time with them talking about the models and showing what was available and tips on building these models. The feedback from the facility was phenomenal as each person shared their memories of building models as a kid. Or about the times that were spent with Cub Scouts giving tips on building better Pinewood Derby cars.

Check with your church or local community center to find out the possibility of setting up a beginning model building class or take a youngster out to the field the next time you fly. You will be surprised at the effect that your enthusiasm will have on them.

Take a look at the soldiers that surround this bee hobbyist. Want to bet some of them will go back to states and set up a bee hive.

Spread the word, hobbies are fun

Dennis


Fall Sale

Well, here we go again. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 16,17 and 18) only. Mark Twain Hobby Center will be having a 20% OFF whatever you can carry to the register sale. So load your carts into your car and come on in. Just as a reminder this sale does not include gift cards, lay-aways, consignment or used items or special orders of our Ebay store. However, anything else that does not fall into those categories is on sale, even stuff that would normally not be discountable.

This is our way of saying thank you to all of our valued customers and friends.

Mark Twain Hobby Center 20 percent off sale

Mark Twain Hobby Center 20% OFF sale


Spacerail 5

Well things are heating up here at the store as the holidays are just around the corner. I was a bit surprised to learn that Christmas is just 49 days after today. So the rush is on and the commercials will go from political to holiday stuff. At least the holiday commercials are less irritating. Anyway, we received something new the other day that just fascinated the heck out of me. While I may be easy to distract, this thing is really cool. It’s called Spacerail and the whole idea is to create a series of rails that large ball bearings roll down much like a roller coaster and then are transported back up the elevator to begin the process all over again. You can change the tracking to just about any configuration. Far out! Here is what the manufacturer says about this thing:

spacerail level 5 ball bearing roller coaster toy. Space Rail 5

Spacerail level 5 ball bearing roller coaster toy

“SpaceRail is a line of do-it-yourself toy rolling ball roller coasters. Cut the length of the track to the correct size, form cubes and loops, attach them to metal rods in the plastic base and you are ready to go roll! SpaceRail is a crazy, self-perpetuating gizmo that will delight kids and adults alike.After unboxing SpaceRail and figuring out how to put it all together, the fun starts. Place two marbles into the central shaft and watch as they shoot off down the rails, taking the hair pins, gaining speed on the dips and looping the loop until they reach the bottom of the central shaft and start over again and again. It’s potentially a never-ending self-perpetuating spectacle. SpaceRail is the perfect gift idea for anyone who loves physics, science or just marbles.”

Currently we are carrying 2 different versions of the Spacerail . There is a Spacerail Level 3 and Spacerail Level 5  and they make wonderful gifts to yourself or others. Here is a video showing the Spacerail in action. Keep in mind this can be configured to unlimited styles and this is just one person’s style:

Keep on rolling,
Dennis