Central California’s Santa Margarita Ranch hosts the Best in the West Antique Tractor and Machine Show every year on Memorial Day Weekend. Featuring Rob Rossi’s Pacific Coast Railroad with the original Disneyland Railroad Coaches, and a host of other wonderful machines from years past, this is one of a kind event is a must-do for any rail fan! Here’s a video recapping our experience there in May. Enjoy.
Here’s a quick Thunder Mesa Update video featuring a few areas of the layout that I’ve been working on over the last several months. More to come. Thanks for tuning in! You can see all new video releases on the Thunder Mesa Studio YouTube channel.
Engine 6, the Ollie Johnston, pulls ore train duty at the June 1st, 2019 Open Studio and Train Day. Open Studios happen on the first Saturday of each month in Jerome, AZ. Details on the Thunder Mesa Studio website. Hope to see you there!
Here’s a video look at the evolution of the scene at Hanging Rock on my Thunder Mesa Mining Company model railroad. Hanging Rock is a former railroad construction camp that now serves as a haunt for outlaws. This is an area that has grown and changed over the last couple years and hopefully this will give some insights into the process. Enjoy!
Check this out! There’s a big thunderstorm blowing in over the Thunder Mesa tonight, rattling the windows and waking up the dogs in Hanging Rock. This new thunderstorm simulation was achieved with components from Iron Penguin Electronics and will premiere live for guests at our March 2nd Open Studio!
They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and that has certainly been true of 2018 on the Thunder Mesa Mining Company model railroad! Here’s a look back on the year with all the projects and people who made it so special. Thanks to all the friends who helped make 2018 a great year for Thunder Mesa Studio and the TMMC and I hope to see you all in 2019! Happy New Year!
It’s a beautiful day for flying, so climb aboard our airship as we go Soarin’ Over Thunder Mesa! Yes, it’s time for another Thunder Cam and some wide-open, overhead views from high above the layout. Enjoy!
Since I'm often asked about the scenery and structure techniques used on the Thunder Mesa Ming Company and other projects, I've decided to produce a new series of YouTube videos with a step-by-step, "how-to" focus. Welcome to the first two videos in that new series, "How To #1: How to Build Scenery with EPF and Sculptamold" and "How To #2: How to Paint Rockwork and Add Ground Cover." These video brings together both new and existing footage to show scenery building and finishing techniques, and to answer the most common questions about how things are done on the On30 Thunder Mesa Mining Company layout. There are several more "How To" videos in this series on the way so don't forget to subscribe on YouTube. Thanks for watching!
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Celebrate Independence Day at Thunder Mesa Studio
Celebrate America’s Independence at Thunder Mesa Studio on Wednesday, July 4th! See what’s new on the Thunder Mesa Mining Company Model Railroad, an operating 1/4″ scale narrow gauge display featuring spectacular scenery, lights, animation, and sound. Then stick around after dark for an all new digital fireworks show in the skies above Thunder Mesa! Meet local artist D.L. Meek and see what’s new on his drawing board. Note that this event replaces the usual first Saturday open studio.
Plenty of free parking at the venue! Full details here.
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Big Thunder Creek is front and center on the Thunder Mesa layout and a favorite spot to do a little train watching. All sound effects were recorded live on the layout. Enjoy.