April 2015

Make way for boomers
Postwar ‘kids’ are still at the core of hobbies, but their needs are changing; creature comforts will keep them coming back
Are shows still relevant?
Manufacturers, dealers and retail experts offer concerns, support
Keys to winning a loan
Banks — and the economy — have come back to life after the Great Recession; here’s how to court lenders for the best terms
When praise beats a raise
If you can't award wage increases to your best workers, there are things they'd rather receive than money — believe it or not
Stevens: A family affair
The big hobby distributor traces its roots back to a home-based business started by the present owner's parents in the 1950s
Gen Con considers its future in Indy
Gen Con CEO Adrian Swartout sounded a cautionary note on March 26, hours after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101), which allows businesses to refuse...
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50th issue of Burlington Bulletin
The Burlington Route Historical Society is celebrating the 50th issue of its flagship publication, Burlington Bulletin. Authored by Chicago, Burlington & Quincy historian John W. “Bill&rdquo...
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Gen Con and others protest new Indiana law
In an open letter dated March 23, Gen Con, the Seattle-based consumer and trade gaming convention, urged Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to reconsider his support of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restorat...
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Noch names Topp managing director
On Feb. 1, German model railroad scenery manufacturer Noch GmbH & Co. KG named Sebastian Topp as managing director. After five years as Noch’s marketing manager, Topp, 32, will serve as seco...
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Thieves bag $80,000 in model trains
Two burglars in the early morning of March 16 made off with hundreds of model train locomotives, rolling stock and other products from English’s Model Railroad Supply in Montoursville, Pa. &ldq...
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Remco co-founder Isaac Heller dies
Isaac Heller, who with a cousin, Saul Robbins, founded the toy company Remco Industries in 1949, died March 7. He was 88. After World War II, Heller, a former U.S. Navy electronics specialist, acquir...
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Online sales tax gets bipartisan push
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. have teamed to reintroduce the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would enable s...
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Hitec signs Drake as factory driver
Hitech RCD USA signed Adam Drake as factory driver, expanding his duties from running Hitec’s Revolutionary 9000 series of brushless servos to piloting vehicles with the Hitec Lynx 4s radio and ...
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VE Day
Italeri marks V-E Day in special packaging
Italian kit manufacturer Italeri will place selected 1:35-scale Allied, Soviet, and German military models in special “V-E Day” packaging to mark the 70th anniversary of Germany’s su...
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Asmodee, Queen Games strike distribution deal
Canadian games distributor Asmodee announced a distribution partnership with German games publisher Queen Games for the U.S. and selected international customers, ending Queen’s exclusive agreem...
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