Thunder Mesa Blog

Putting the Rainbow BACK into Rainbow Caverns

 

Sometimes things break and that means you get to fix ’em! In this behind the scenes look at repairs on the Thunder Mesa model railroad, I go spelunking inside Rainbow Caverns to bring a long lost effect from the early days of the layout back to life. Bringing back the old Pepper’s Ghost rainbow may only require changing a light bulb, but getting to it is the real challenge!

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Thunder Cam: Calico Creek

 

Howdy Folks! I’m documenting every scene on the layout in these short “Thunder Cam” videos. Each one features Thunder Mesa trains passing through scenes on a typical day (or night) of operations. Supplemental music and sounds have been added where appropriate, but all else is as it might appear on a visit to the layout. As new scenes are finished on the layout, these rail fan style videos will act as supplements to the builds and projects. The ultimate goal is to chronicle the entire layout over time.

This episode features On30 and On15 train action around the roaring falls of Calico Creek. Enjoy!

Dave

Big Thunder Mine Part 2: Ore Bins, Trestles & Retaining Walls

 

Welcome to part 2 of the Big Thunder Mine build! In this episode, I scratch-build some retaining walls, mine cart trestles, and a custom ore bin to serve the On18 Big Thunder & Calico tramway. Then it’s time to dirt things in and add a little weathering.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave

Big Thunder Mine Part 1: https://youtu.be/KcTcyTm_c_g

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!
Dave

Thunder Cam: Horsethief Canyon

 

Howdy Folks! I’m documenting every scene on the layout in these short “Thunder Cam” videos. Each one features Thunder Mesa trains passing through scenes on a typical day (or night) of operations. Supplemental music and sounds have been added where appropriate, but all else is as it might appear on a visit to the layout. As new scenes are finished on the layout, these rail fan style videos will act as supplements to the builds and projects. The ultimate goal is to chronicle the entire layout over time.

This episode features one of my favorite rail-fanning spots on the layout: Horsethief Canyon. Enjoy!

Dave

The Legend of Coyote Rock

 

Thunder Mesa Country is full of legends and tall tales. And no wonder. They say if you’re out in that desert heat too long you’re likely to start seeing all kinds of crazy things in those colorful rock formations! Today we have the story of Coyote Rock, both the tall tale behind it, and modeling methods used to put the scene together. Inspired be a real Coyote Rock in Sedona, AZ, as well as by the 1945 Disney short of the same name, Thunder Mesa’s Coyote Rock was carved from polyurethane foam and painted with artists acrylics.

Thanks for watching, amigos!
Dave