One of the best-loved Mad magazine comics is "Spy vs. Spy." It features two film noir-era spies who have the most inventive methods for sending the other to kingdom come. I was thinking of those guys this month as I watched sales increase daily for the release of our new book, Armored Trains.

The incredible demand for this book got me wondering, which is the bigger hobby--military modeling or model trains? The fact is that initial sales for Armored Trains put it at fifth best all time for New Vanguards, behind US Nuclear Submarines: Fast Attack, German Panzers 1914-18, Vietnam Riverine Craft, and Huey Cobra Gunships.

Certainly trains by themselves are not in the league of these military heavyweights? Something else must be going on here! I'd love your comments on this "hobby vs. hobby."