Author: Dave Meek

Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn in HO Scale

 

Welcome to this special preview of Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn in HO scale! This kit has been over 2 years in the making and Jake Johnson and I are excited to finally share it with the world. Crescent Creek Models produced an O scale version of this kit in 2019 for the 20th anniversary of Walt's Barn at Griffith Park and folks have been asking for an HO scale version ever since! Kits go on sale July 17th, 2021 - just in time for Disneyland's 66th birthday. https://thundermesa.studio/product/walt-disneys-carolwood-barn-ho-scale/

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 7: Jim Shull

Join me for a wide ranging conversation with former Disney Imagineer Jim Shull! Jim is a 33 year veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering and we delve into the highlights of his career from Mickey’s Toontown to Shanghai Disneyland. Along the way, we tackle questions like why Shanghai doesn’t have a railroad, what it’s like to be on an Imagineering team that works mostly behind the scenes, and learn about a Tomorrowland that could have been.

Building an On30 20′ Passenger Coach

 

This week I'm bashing a stock On30 Bachmann passenger coach into a fun little 20' car with no shortage of personality. This is a build I started way back in 2016 and have finally got around to finishing. What took me so long? Hope you all enjoy as I take you through the project step by step.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Locomotives of the Thunder Mesa Mining Company

 

Following last weeks video on No. 7, the Frank Thomas, I received a lot of questions about Thunder Mesa's locomotive roster. Here, then, is a complete catalog on every locomotive running or currently planned for the TMMC, with notes on construction, origin, and specific details. Special attention is given to the line's newest locomotive, No. 11, the Sam McKim; a HO to On30 conversion that was recently completed.

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Dave

Thunder Mesa Locomotive Story: No. 7 – Frank Thomas

 

Thunder Mesa Mining Company's locomotive No. 7 is an 0-4-2 Porter named in honor of Disney animator Frank Thomas. Follow along to see how I upgrade this stock On30 Bachmann engine with custom decals, paint, details, and a new "Big Thunder" style laser cut cab. Complete step-by-step how to's on decaling and custom cab assembly. Note that this video does not cover the electronics of the Bachmann Porter.
Custom decals:
https://www.cedarleafcustomdecals.com...
Micro Set/ Micro Sol:
https://www.micromark.com/Decal-Finis...

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Welcome Aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad

 

Time for another railroad adventure! The historic Verde Canyon Railroad makes a 40 mile round trip thru wild and scenic Verde River Canyon. Trains depart daily, year round from Clarkdale, AZ – just down the hill from Thunder Mesa Studio in Jerome. The old Santa Fe branch line was completed in 1912 to serve the copper mines of Jerome and continues to operate today as one-of-a-kind tourism line. Ride along and se where the inspiration for some of my red rock scenery came from! Verde Canyon Railroad: https://verdecanyonrr.com/

Dave

Thunder Mesa Limited Episode 6: David Erickson

Let’s talk about Disneyland! The host and creator of Fresh Baked Disney joins me for an insightful discussion about the Happiest Place on Earth. David has been covering the ins and outs of Disneyland for 9 yeas as a near full-time Disney vlogger and gives his unique perspective on the park and where it might be headed in the future.

Puerto Borracho Open House

 

I travel to California to hangout with friends and see four amazing small layouts they've been working on. Featured in this video are Gary Beatty's On30 Puerto Borracho, Robert Kurner's On30 Typhoon Lagoon Ry, Scott Carter's On30 Cinnamon Creek Railroad, and the On30/On18 Punta Margarita. Many, many thanks to Gary Beatty and his family for hosting this event! A good time was had by all!

Thanks for tuning in, amigos!
Dave