Walthers 1995 H.O. Catalog. Both the novice and expert railway enthusiast will find that this 896-page catalog is full of useful materials and information about model trains. Listings include train sets, tracks and accessories, scenery, structures, figurines, and supplies designed to make the model-train experience as realistic as possible. The volume also offers an extensive index and a glossary of train lingo. Cost: $16.98, plus $5 shipping and handling. Contact: Walthers Model Railroad Equipment, 5601 W. Florist Ave., P.O. Box 3039, Milwaukee, WI 53201; (800) 4-TRAINS.
Miniature Gazette: The Official Publication of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts. This free quarterly, full-color magazine is filled with tips on how to establish and maintain a collection of doll-house miniatures. In addition, the magazine lists the times and dates of national doll-house conferences and workshops. For people who are interested in starting their own collection but don’t know how, a shop directory is also included. Contact: NAME, Membership Services, 130 North Rangeline Rd., P.O. Box 69, Carmel, IN 46032; (317) 571-8094.
Tower Hobbies: The World’s Premier Supplier of the Finest in Radio Control Models. Tower Hobbies, specializing in remote-control aircraft, cars, and boats, has published its 1995 catalog. In it, modelers can find all the parts and accessories needed to build and race sports cars, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, boats, and airplanes. The radio-controlled models listed are available at various skill levels. Cost: $3. Contact: Tower Hobbies, P.O. Box 9078, Champaign, IL 61826-9078; (800) 637-4989.
The Squadron: The Hobby Shop in Your Mail Box. The B-17 Flying Fortress, Grumman F4F Wildcat, and USS Kitty Hawk--these are just a few of the many military models available through this 71-page catalog. Companies such as Revel and Tamiay offer model kits of fighter planes, tanks, submarines, and even military personnel. All kits come with instructions and decals. Books about the technical and historical aspects of different war machines are also included, along with a complete list of paints, brushes, files, and other modeling supplies. Cost: $4.50. Contact: Squadron Mail Order, 1115 Crowley Dr., Carrollton, TX 75011-5010; (214) 242-8663.
A version of this article appeared in the August 01, 1995 edition of Teacher as Hobbies