Category: Thunder Maker Workshop

Making a One-Off Sci-Fi Rocket Kit

 

Taking a short break from working on the railroad to make a one-off rocket model kit as a Christmas gift for my son. From initial design, to a prototype build, to boxing it all up as a finished product, follow along as a I put it all together – including mistakes made and lessons learned along the way.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

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

 

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

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.

Last Chance Gas in HO scale: https://thundermesa.studio/product/last-chance-gas-ho-scale/
Last Chance Gas in S scale: https://thundermesa.studio/product/last-chance-gas-s-scale/

Thanks for tuning in, amigos!
Dave

Building a Miniature Trebuchet


And now for something completely different! Join me as I venture beyond the world of Thunder Mesa in this first of a series of new maker videos that exploring other genres and creative pursuits that catch my fancy. For this first project, I'm building a Medieval trebuchet! These massive 12th century siege engines were the super weapons of their day, and I had a complete blast building this one in 1/4" scale. Watch over my shoulder as I hit the workbench and describe the build step-by-step from start to finish.

Thanks for tuning in, amigos!
Dave

Anatomy of a Trebuchet