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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

“Knott’s Preserved” by Christopher Merritt and J. Eric Lynxwiler: https://amzn.to/3n27CnE

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

Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 7: Jim Shull

Join me for a wide ranging conversation with former Disney Imagineer Jim Shull! Jim is a 33 year veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering and we delve into the highlights of his career from Mickey’s Toontown to Shanghai Disneyland. Along the way, we tackle questions like why Shanghai doesn’t have a railroad, what it’s like to be on an Imagineering team that works mostly behind the scenes, and learn about a Tomorrowland that could have been.