May Model Retailer Cover with PDF

May 2014

Roll with the tide
Smart hobby dealers know how to handle both expansion and contraction
4 ways to engage with a new brand of customer
Modern consumers find traditional advertising a turnoff; learn how to get the message out
Houston, we have sales
As the weather warms, model rocket demand blasts off
Business credit basics for a better financial future
A good credit score makes it easier to supply and grow your store
Train Show Inc. to take over Great Train Expo shows
Randy Bachmann has reeled in another one. Train Show Inc., the parent company of Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show, the Great Midwest Train Show and the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour, annou...
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Howard Hitchcock to lead Lionel
Howard Hitchcock, who previously served as Lionel Electric Trains’ senior vice president and general manager, has been named the company’s new president. Today’s move comes just two...
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Calabrese leaves Lionel
Jerry Calabrese has stepped down as president and CEO of Lionel Electric Trains. “Lionel is one of those rare American companies that has endured for 114 years,” said Calabrese, who had b...
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AMA leads group calling on FAA for drone regulations
It’s time for the FAA to regulate unmanned aviation, said a group of 33 organizations and industries with a stake in the matter. The Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Association for Unmanne...
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Stevens announces 28th annual Open House
Stevens International will once again open its doors to all dealers interested in touring its warehouse. The hobby distributor will hold its 28th annual Open House July 21–28 and September 8&nd...
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Revell to offer, promote Testors products
The Testor Corp. and Revell have formed a partnership to integrate some of their products, according to an April 4 press release. Through the agreement, Testors brand paint will be identified within ...
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Table Top Expo sells out exhibitor space
The National Retail Hobby Stores Association has sold out exhibitor space for its 2014 Table Top Expo. The show is scheduled for April 27–30 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Reta...
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Garrett Metal Detectors
Garrett Metal Detectors, founder celebrate milestones
More than 250 Garrett Metal Detectors employees gathered April 1 to celebrate both the company’s 50th anniversary and the birthday of its founder, Charles Garrett. “The two standards that...
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Hobby Lobby
Debate rages over Hobby Lobby contraception case
A divided U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments March 25 in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the case in which the owners of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store that sells general hobby supplies, have cha...
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WizKids Asmodee
Asmodee to bring WizKids games to Germany
WizKids Games and Asmodee GmbH have entered into an agreement to deliver several WizKids titles to the German market. “We aim to replicate the successful growth and support we've experienced in...
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Model Retailer covers the business of hobbies, from financial and shop management issues to industry trends and the latest in product releases. We provide hobby-shop owners and managers the tools and information they need to be successful retailers.

What’s Selling: Games
Below are the What's Selling responses from our September survey on the games hobby segment. HobbyTown USA College Station, Texas Board Games: Mayfai...
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What is your store's return policy, and how often do you utilize it after the holidays?
Michael Magee, Hub City Hobby, Hattiesburg, Miss., said: “We accept returns only on unused merchandise in resalable condition, and then only for...
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What are some of the ways your store goes the extra mile for customers?
Gerry Satterwhite, Greenville Hobby Depot, Greenville, Texas, said: “I sometimes give a big discount on items to special customers, or just gi...
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Whats Selling Games - March
Below are the What's Selling responses from our March survey on the games hobby segment.Hub City Hobby Hattiesburg, Miss.Board games: Mayfair Game...
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How to Build Realistic Scenery
This special issue gives proven techniques you can trust to make scenery as realistic as possible.
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Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition

This is the one-source guide modelers need to learn to install trackwork properly for smooth operation in any scale.
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Historic Trains Today
Explore the history and heritage of railroading with Historic Trains Today.
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Building Dioramas
Acclaimed modeler Chris Mrosko explains how to build dioramas that showcase models and create dramatic scenes, as well as offering expert modeling tips.
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