Category: structures

Big Thunder Mine Part 2: Ore Bins, Trestles & Retaining Walls

 

Welcome to part 2 of the Big Thunder Mine build! In this episode, I scratch-build some retaining walls, mine cart trestles, and a custom ore bin to serve the On18 Big Thunder & Calico tramway. Then it’s time to dirt things in and add a little weathering.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Big Thunder Mine Part 1: https://youtu.be/KcTcyTm_c_g

Big Thunder Mine Part 1: The Shaft House

 

Time for another big structure build and this time it's the Big Thunder Mine! In the first of this series, I use an O scale Wild West Scale Models Atlantic Cable Mine kit as the jumping off point for the entire Big Thunder Mine complex. This video focuses on the shaft house or head frame, the structure used for lowering men and equipment down into the mine and hoisting the valuable ore out. This build draws inspiration from Big Thunder Mine buildings at Anaheim, Orlando, and Disneyland Paris, but is not a direct copy of any of them. Lots of wood finishing and corrugated iron modeling tips in this one!

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Wild West Scale Models Atlantic Cable Mine: https://www.wildwestmodels.com/products/atlantic-cable-mine.html

Model Making Quick Tip: Making it Square

 

This Model Making Quick Tip is all about keeping things square when building model structures. I share a few of my favorite tools and techniques for cutting and glueing to get the best results.

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Dave

Machinist square and 1-2-3 blocks: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093Q1DMSP?ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details&th=1

Mini miter box and saw: https://www.micromark.com/Micro-Miter-Box-Super-Value-Package

Building an Ancient Cliff Dwelling

 

Hidden in sheltered alcoves deep in the canyons of the American Southwest, ancestral puebloan cliff dwellings tell the story of a once thriving ancient culture. Known today as Anasazi or Sinagua, these people were likely the ancestors of modern day Pueblo Indians like the Hopi. In this build video, I recreate the ruins of an ancient cliff dwelling below the canyon walls of Thunder Mesa with tips for carving Hydrocal plaster, LED lighting, and painting and finishing high desert scenery.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Structure Build: The Panhandle Café

 

Time for another structure build! This week, it’s the Panhandle Café, inspired by the Panhandle Hotel from the queue of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. Follow along step-by-step as I scratchbuild this quaint O scale Victorian era structure as the latest addition to Thunder Mesa town. Wooden structure building techniques, coloring, roofing, and finishing.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Building the Thunder Mesa Assay Office

 

In old west mining towns, the assay office was where would-be prospectors could have their ore samples tested by a chemist to see if they had struck it rich or gone bust. My Thunder Mesa Assay Office was inspired by a similar structure from the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. Follow along step-by-step as I build this charming little adobe structure with its distinctive balcony and southwestern colors. Tips for using a stencil and airbrush to do the lettering too!

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Crescent Creek Model Scale Stucco: https://thundermesa.studio/product/scale-stucco-all-scales/

Laserboard: https://encompass-media.salesvu.com/