Category: Thunder Mesa Blog

Welcome Aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad

 

Time for another railroad adventure! The historic Verde Canyon Railroad makes a 40 mile round trip thru wild and scenic Verde River Canyon. Trains depart daily, year round from Clarkdale, AZ – just down the hill from Thunder Mesa Studio in Jerome. The old Santa Fe branch line was completed in 1912 to serve the copper mines of Jerome and continues to operate today as one-of-a-kind tourism line. Ride along and se where the inspiration for some of my red rock scenery came from! Verde Canyon Railroad: https://verdecanyonrr.com/

Dave

Thunder Mesa Limited Episode 6: David Erickson

Let’s talk about Disneyland! The host and creator of Fresh Baked Disney joins me for an insightful discussion about the Happiest Place on Earth. David has been covering the ins and outs of Disneyland for 9 yeas as a near full-time Disney vlogger and gives his unique perspective on the park and where it might be headed in the future.

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!
Dave

Calico Mountain Expansion Part 8: The Calico Mine Co.

In part 8 of the Calico Mountain build, I create my own version of the Calico Mine Co. structure as seen at Knott's Berry Farm. Using some laser cut parts, coffee stir sticks, and a few commercial castings, I show how I built the structure from start to finish - right down to the LED lighting!

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Dave

Thunder Mesa Limited Episode 5: Michael Campbell

Join me for episode 5 of the Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast and a great conversation with Disney Railroading historian, Michael Campbell! Michael is a leading authority on Walt Disney’s railroading interests and has produced museum exhibits, presentations, and collectables on behalf of Walt’s Barn and the Walt Disney Family Foundation. We talk everything from Disneyland locomotive builder’s plates, to models of the Lilly Belle, and the final home of former Fort Wilderness locomotives. Don’t miss this one!

Calico Mountain Expansion Part 6: The Backdrop

 

Welcome to Episode 6 of the Calico Mountain Expansion how-to series! This episode shows how I built, installed and painted the 30x60" backdrop behind Calico Mountain, with tips on painting clouds and scenic landforms to blend the backdrop with modeled scenery. Don't forget to subscribe and hit that notification bell so you don't miss a single episode.

Thanks for tuning in, amigos!
Dave