November 2016

The right stuff
A great employee doesn’t always make a great manager; here are crucial tips for promoting wisely and helping that person succeed
Be a YouTube star
Film your way to brand awareness with these 4 video ideas that show customers all your store has to offer
Be a Santa this year
Make Christmas a little merrier for kids in need by participating in Toys for Tots
Don't be fooled
‘Free shipping’ is a short-sighted strategy for retailers; one manager explains why you should always charge for shipping
Walt's keeps evolving
A second-generation owner makes changes while staying true to his store’s goals
Bob Wilke
A message from the HMA president
A recent press release from the Hobby Manufacturers Association's new president, Bob Wilke: Greetings HMA Member,   The HMA is in a transition period with new leadership and seeking to create a...
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Trainfest 2016 approaches
Trainfest, America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show, featuring 70 operating layouts, and over 120 top model railroading manufacturers and vendors, will take place Nov. 12-13 at the Wis. S...
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AMA hosts aviation show, AMA Expo East
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in cooperation with the Westchester Radio Aero Modelers (WRAM) announced it will host the annual Easy Coast hobby trade show. The next show will be held Feb. 24-...
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Branson Hobby Center
Branson Hobby Center Open House
Branson Hobby Center will hold its 3rd annual Open House Oct. 8, 2016 from 10am to 4pm at 251 Saint James, Hollister, Mo. Attendees will be able to drive Traxxas remote control trucks and sign up f...
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NRF predicts 3.6 percent increase in holiday sales
The National Retail Federation (NRF) announced Oct. 4 that it anticipates November and December sales to increase 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion. These numbers exclude autos, gas and restaurant sales.&...
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Serious Toyz' online auction goes live Sept. 23
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JMD opens new superstore
JMD Plastics is set to open a new model railroad superstore in DePere, Wis. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. This is a soft opening, with the official grand opening to follow on Oct. 3-8. A press release...
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IDW Publishing signs distribution deal with Penguin Random House
Sept. 13, 2016 — IDW Publishing announced sales and distribution deal with Penguin Random House Publisher Services today. This multi-year contract will take effect in April 2017. Diamond Comics...
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HMA nixes 2017 iHobby Expo
The Hobby Manufacturers Association announced it will not hold an iHobby Expo in 2017. The HMA board of directors made the decision after its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 17. The iHobby website...
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Bob Wilke
Bob Wilke named president of HMA
August 19, 2016 — The HMA board members elected Bob Wilke as the new HMA president. His new role took effect immediately. He replaced Richard Janyszek of Bachmann Industries. Wilke is als...
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People & Places
  • Award-winning comic book artist and writer Darwyn Cooke passed away at the age of 53 on May 14. He is best remembered for his bold, retro style. His work includes DC: The New Frontier and Batman: Ego and Other Tails.
  • Dark Horse promoted Kari Yadro to director of Custom Programs. Yadro will serve as head of the Dark Horse Comics custom publishing and products program.
  • The 2016 German Spiel des Jahres or “Game of the Year” design award nominations were released. The three nominees were designed by Vladimir Chvatil, Phil Walker-Harding and Dorn Rudiger.
  • DC Entertainment announced it eliminated the position of vice president and executive editor, which had been held by Shelly Bond. Dan Evans III was promoted to VP Creative Affairs.
  • John Maatta replaced John Macaluso as CEO of Wizard World, Inc., with an initial contract of two years.
  • Monte Cook Games hired Sean K. Reynolds as its community relations coordinator.
611 In Steam
This special publication covers the debut of the restored Norfolk & Western No. 611.
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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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Lionel Trains: Best Layouts & Store Displays
This publication will showcase a full range of colorful and collectible model railroad layouts made by Lionel's craftsmen.
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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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