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.
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 www.hobby1.com .
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!
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.
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.
Well, that is it for now. Keep on hobbying……….
As so many of you are aware, Eric Brooman has been one of the top of the model railroad builders for many years. Eric’s photographs of his layout have graced the covers of Model Railroader and Model Railroad Craftsman many times as well as other publications and books. The other day Eric brought in a disk with a few of his photos for us to share and enjoy. So here they are. Hope you like them as much as we do.