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Thunder Mesa Featured on Toy Man Television


Dale and Karyn Angell from the well known YouTube channel Toy Man Television paid a visit to Thunder Mesa Studio in mid-June and have now featured the layouts in one of their excellent videos. It was wonderful to have them here and a real treat to see the layout through the eyes of others, especially folks with such a real appreciation for the craft and artistry of model trains.  If you love model trains – and real trains! – you should definitely be subscribed to Toy Man TV.

Future Plans for the Thunder Mesa Model Railroad


Howdy folks! Join me more a look behind the scenes at future plans and coming attractions for the Thunder Mesa model railroad. Get some insights into the process as I design an entire new section for the flooded town of Tumbleweed Junction, and reveal plans for an exciting new structure project that will really plus the show!

Thanks for watching, amigos!

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!

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!


A Thunder Mesa Ghost Story


Happy Halloween! It's time for a good old fashioned ghost story from Thunder Mesa. I've added more than a couple spooky structures and effects to the layout over the years and since I can't host an open studio train night this year, here's a video filled with ghoulish delights and hot and cold running chills. All visual effects were recorded live on the layout. Enjoy!

Thanks for following along, amigos. Registered users can leave questions and comments below so, please, join in the conversation!

All the best,

New “How To” Video Series Launches with Scenery Building Techniques

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!