Category: structures

Building an O Scale River Steamer – The Canyon Queen

 

Welcome aboard the Canyon Queen! She’s a 50′ paddlewheel river steamer like those that once plied the mighty western rivers of America. Starting with a fine kit from Kitwood Hill Models in the UK, I build a on-of-a-kind Victorian era sternwheeler with tons of Disney flavor. Step by step descriptions of the process from rigging to LED lighting.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Kitwood Hill Models 50′ Paddle Steamer Kit

Building a Southwestern Trading Post in O Scale

 

Yá’át’ééh! That’s a traditional Navajo greeting, and appropriate since today’s video is all about building an O scale roadside trading post like those found along old Route 66 on the Navajo Nation. In this stand-alone project, I wanted to try something from a different era than my usual modeling on the Thunder Mesa layout. Some of the modeling techniques covered in this build include:
• Creating realistic aged adobe and stucco finishes
• Old weathered paint on doors and windows
• Watercolor weathering on Illustration board walls
• LED interior lighting • Do-it-yourself corrugated metal roofing
• Realistic tarpaper roofing
• Modeling flagstone surfaces
• Signs, paper posters and more

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

 

Building a Western Boomtown Part 6: The Calico Jail

 

Just next door to Goldie’s Place is the Calico Jail, home to that infamous hard-luck case, Sad Eye Joe. In this installment of Building a Western Boomtown, I build my own version of a slab-constructed wooden jailhouse, inspired by a similar structure at Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Building a Western Boomtown part 5: Goldie’s Place Bordello

 

Every Wild West boomtown needs a bordello; a place where the lonesome miners can spend their hard earned gold dust on a little female “companionship.” Enter Gold Dust Goldie’s, the classic bordello from Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town. In this episode, I show how I built my version of Goldie’s Place, right down to the animated leg sticking out the window! Lot’s of wood structure construction tips in this one, including how to model old, weathered, paint-chipped walls.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Designing Laser Cut Structures with Adobe Illustrator

 

Now for a much requested behind the scenes look at how I design my structures for the laser cutter using Adobe Illustrator. In this step-by-step tutorial, I demonstrate my favorite practices, techniques, and shortcuts for designing a structure in 1/4 inch scale, and then translating that design into laser cut parts. Naturally, all of the techniques are useful in other scales too. Some experience with cad or Adobe software is useful, but not required.

Thanks for watching amigos!
Dave

Flux Laser Cutters & Engravers

Adobe design software

Building a Western Boomtown Part 4: The Land Office

 

The wild west boomtown of Calico continues to grow with the addition of the land office! This little false front structure would be the first stop for anyone hoping to set up shop in town and make their fortune. In this episode, I share more laser assisted scratchbuilding techniques for wooden structures, with painting and finishing tips, LED lighting and a fully detailed interior.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Building a Western Boomtown Part 3: Butterfield Stage Depot

 

Join me for the first structure build for the wild west boomtown of Calico! In this episode, I build the Butterfield Stagecoach Station from Knott’s Berry Farm, as originally designed by Paul Von Klieben. Step by step techniques and painting tips for modeling and weathering adobe walls and old fashioned tin roofing – plus wiring for LED lighting.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Building a Western Boomtown Part 1: Groundwork

 

Howdy folks! Let’s build a Wild West boomtown! I’m jumping in with both boots on my 1880’s boomtown based on Knott’s Ghost Town and the real silver mining town of Calico. In this first installment, I lay the groundwork for the town with a road and some scenic rockwork built from XPF foam and Sculptamold. I also talk briefly about the12 volt DC power that will be used to light and animate the town’s structures.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

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