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Calico Mountain Expansion Part 5: Building a Mountain Out of Foam

 

Episode 5 of the Calico Mountain Expansion how-to series is all about building Calico Mountain itself out of extruded polystyrene foam (EPF). I give step-by-step descriptions of my process for roughing in scenery with this lightweight material, and even adding some carved rock detail. Don’t forget to subscribe and hit that notification bell so you don’t miss a single episode.

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Dave

Calico Mountain Expansion Part 4: On18 Track Levels

 

In episode 4 of the Calico Mountain Expansion how-to series we get the On18 trains running on two levels! Some changes are made to the original plan, with a second mid-height loop of On18 track added to increase the fun and visual interest. Don't forget to subscribe and hit that notification bell so you don't miss a single episode. Thanks for tuning in, amigos! Dave

How to Paint & Ballast On30 Track

 

Here's my "How-To" on a much requested topic: painting and ballasting model railroad flextrack and turnouts. These are the methods I've used throughout the On30 Thunder Mesa layout for many years with good results. Though the focus here is On30, the same techniques can also be used for other scales like HO and N.

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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/

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Dave

A Fireworks Wagon for Thunder Mesa

 

Come along as I build an O scale Fireworks Wagon based on artwork from Disneyland! Using kitbashed parts and cg texture/printed paper modeling techniques, I build a 19th century fireworks wagon to compliment Thunder Mesa's digitally projected fireworks show. I hope you enjoy this step-by-step "how to." Patreon subscribers can download the custom artwork created for this project.

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Dave

Calico Mountain Expansion Part 3: Going Vertical

 

Time for episode 3 in the Calico Mountain Expansion how-to series! In this one, construction goes vertical with the addition of an upper deck for the On18 line. I'll take you step by step through the carpentry and tools I used to get this project off the ground floor. Don't forget to subscribe and hit that notification bell so you don't miss a single episode.

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Dave

A Visit to Olson & Furlow’s Place

 

Let's pay a visit to Olson & Furlow's place, my scratchbuilt structure inspired by the modeling of John Olson and Malcolm Furlow. We'll take a look back at how the building was originally assembled, then retrofit the interior with new details and LED lighting. Should be fun!

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Dave