Category: Crescent Creek Models

Dave Builds the Last Chance Gas kit in HO Scale

Join me for a step-by-step build of Crescent Creek Models HO scale Last Chance Gas kit! I helped to develop this kit with my business partner Jake Johnson, and we’re both really proud of how it came out. The kit is based on a 1930s era Conoco station from Peñasco, New Mexico, but could easily represent a rural gas station anywhere along the highways and backroads America.

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Last Chance Gas Now Available in S Scale!

The Wait is Over!

Our popular Last Chance Gas kit is now available in S scale!

Available now in limited supply, our first Signature Line kit in S Scale: Last Chance Gas! Based on a prototype Conoco station that stood in Peñasco, NM, this kit recreates the glory days of the great American road. Designed by master model maker, Jake Johnson, Last Chance Gas features tons of charm and detail in a compact footprint.

  • Featuring exclusive, custom designed 3-D printed gas pumps and additional laser cut details for the S scale version!
  • Precision laser cut parts
  • Over a dozen white metal and 3-D printed details
  • Colorful sign sheets with vintage advertising and 3 oil company options: Conoco, Texaco, or Frijolene
  • Full color illustrated instructions by Dave Meek
  • Footprint approximately 3.4″ x 4.95″ not including pump island

Crescent Creek Models Signature Line kits are the best of the best we have to offer, and we are thrilled to bring this latest kit to the discerning S scale modeler! Our Signature Line kits are assembled in small batches so supplies are limited. Don't miss out!


How to use Crescent Creek Models Scale Stucco


New from Crescent Creek Models! Scale Stucco is a heavy bodied acrylic modeling paste ideal for recreating stucco wall finishes in miniature. In this video, Dave demonstrates the techniques for using this product to achieve a realistic stucco finish. Scale Stucco is available to order now in the Crescent Creek Models shop.

Scale Stucco – All Scales


Last Chance Gas from CCM Now Available for Pre-Order in HO Scale!

Shipping in Late August 2020 - Pre-Order Now!

Jake Johnson and Dave Meek of Crescent Creek Models are proud to announce their first Signature Line Kit in HO scale: Last Chance Gas. Based on a prototype Conoco station that stood in Peñasco, NM, this kit recreates the glory days of the great American road. Laser cut precision with tons of character and dripping with details, this CCM kit will be shipping end of August, 2020.

  • Precision laser cut parts
  • Over a dozen white metal and 3-D printed details
  • Colorful sign sheets with vintage advertising and 3 oil company options: Conoco, Texaco, or Frijolene
  • Full color illustrated instructions by Dave Meek
  • Footprint approximately 2.5″ x 3.625″ not including pump island

As a bonus, the first 15 pre-orders will also receive a set of our HO Scale Route 66 road stencils absolutely free!

Please note that this is not a Hydrocal kit! Construction is lightweight and flexible MDF, laser cut and key notched at the corners for ease of assembly and a precise fit. The realistic stucco finish on our pilot model was achieved using CCM's Scale Stucco acrylic modeling paste. Pro tips for realistic painting and finishing are included. See the construction photos for more details.

Included are more than a dozen detail castings and custom 3-D printed detail parts, along with scale lumber and phosphor bronze wire to properly finish your model.

Crescent Creek Models Signature Line Kits are the best of the best we have to offer. Designed by model builders for model builders, these multi-media craftsman kits are meticulously researched, artfully crafted, and released in small batches to assure the highest quality. This allows us to custom tailor products for sometimes limited markets, and to make adjustments as demand fluctuates.

Pilot model and photos by Dave Meek

Last Chance Gas: HO Scale – Pre-Order Now!

Due to the warm reception this kit has already received, S scale and O scale versions of the structure are now currently in development.

New Park & Depot Benches from Crescent Creek Models

Walt's Bench is Here!

Crescent Creek Models' new Park & Depot Benches are now available to order. These classic wooden slat style benches are based on  none other than "Walt's Bench" from Griffith Park in Los Angelas - the very same bench where the old Moustro is said to have first dreamed up the idea for Disneyland as he sat eating peanuts and watching his daughters ride the carousel. These scale 8' long benches will look right at home on a depot platform, city park, or town square in just about any era.

Our O scale Park & Depot Benches feature an innovative design, making construction easier by allowing you to build the delicate seat and back assemblies right on the card. Follow along with the photos for a quick how-to, and watch the video below for a step-by-step build.

Step 1: Remove 3 back supports and 3 seat legs from the plywood sheet.

Step 2: Fit the seat legs to the seat slats by aligning with the slots on the basswood sheet and cement them into place.

Step 3: Remove the seat assembly from the basswood sheet and glue the front slat in place.

Step 4: Pass the 3 seat back supports thru their corresponding slots and cement in place.

Step 5: Remove the back assembly from the sheet and align with the seat assembly. The combined legs should form x-braces below the seat. Glue together when properly aligned.

Step 6: finish the bench by gluing the leg braces into their corresponding slots, front and back. Paint and finish as desired.

Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn Kit From Crescent Creek Models

In partnership with the Carolwood Foundation, Crescent Creek Models is thrilled to announce the O scale, premier edition of our Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn model kit. This video gives some history of Walt's Barn and the inspiration for these beautiful kits. The premier edition of 200 O scale kits are available for pre-order now and will ship in early fall 2019. Order yours now while supplies last!

The Story of Crescent Creek

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Not much remains today of the little mining town of Crescent Creek, even its exact location is shrouded in legends, rumors and tall tales.  As with most such stories, those who know won't tell, and those who tell don't know. But if half the tales are to be believed, and they shouldn't be, it was once a raucous and bawdy boomtown to rival the likes of Dodge City or Tombstone. Colorful characters like Mark Twain, Butch Cassidy, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, and even the notorious Burro Bob where said to have frequented the saloons and gambling halls that once lined Front Street in this fabled "Gomorrah of the West," as at least one newspaper described it. Sadly, you won't find it marked on any map or atlas today, but if you choose to go looking for Crescent Creek, and the mountain of riches still said to be hidden there from the Lost Eldorado Mine, rest assured that it lies somewhere near trails-end, across the Rainbow Desert, due west of Thunder Mesa, but a little north of Grizzly Flats.

Still, at least two intrepid adventurers have found their way to Crescent Creek in modern times. While on an extended expedition through the wild frontier lands of the American West, Jake Johnson and Dave Meek claim to have rediscovered all that is left of the long forgotten boomtown. Following clues found in old newspaper clippings and a hastily scrawled map drawn from the recollections of a half-crazed desert rat, they at last found their way to the narrow mountain pass and abandoned railroad right of way that legend reports as the only way in or out of Crescent Creek. After months of searching and many dead end trails, they were near the end of their provisions. They new that if this canyon was yet another dead end, they would be forced to give up the search.

As they traversed the narrow pass, a storm began to blow in from the southwest. Suddenly, a big thunder clap echoed above the canyon walls, spooking the pack mules and scattering their supplies. Lightning flashed and the rain lashed down. Hunkering below the meager shelter provided by an overhanging boulder, Jake and Dave had no choice but to wait out the storm. When it finally passed, booming and echoing away down the canyon, they spied a beautiful rainbow above the ridge, and below, revealed by a beam of sunlight, was the abandoned town of Crescent Creek.

They never did find the rumored riches of the Lost Eldorado Mine (though Dave really wants to keep looking), but they did fill their sketchbooks and journals with treasure of another sort: the vivid history of a Wild West boomtown told through the time-weathered structures of an earlier era. Returning to civilization, Jake and Dave resolved to share their discovery with the world, and, most particularly, the model railroading community. Both being the model building sort, and knowing they sat upon a veritable trove of architectural marvels and curiosities, they set about forming Crescent Creek Models in order to immortalize their find forever in miniature.

And that, if you can believe it, is the story of Crescent Creek.