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Thunder Mesa Limited Episode 4: Sam Towler

Join me for a fun and informative conversation with professional model maker, Sam Towler! Sam is the multi-talented young man behind the Nature’s Wonderland model at Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park, and has worked with Walt Disney Imagineering on recent high-profile projects like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Pixar Pier, and Tokyo’s Fantasyland expansion.

Here’s a look at Sam’s Nature’s Wonderland model railroad on display at the 2016 Fullerton Railroad Days: Thunder Mesa Studio YouTube

You can follow Sam’s creative projects on Instagram: @fabricatednonsense
Facebook or his NWRR blog

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.

Thanks for tuning in, amigos!
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.

Thanks for tuning in, 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

TML Podcast Episode 3: William Tyson

Join me for a fun and candid conversation with retired Disney Imagineer, William Tyson! From Epcot World Showcase, to Disneyland Paris, Animal Kingdom, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and just about every Disney Park in-between, William has some amazing stories to tell from a 37 year career with WDI. Listen in on how the magic was made real working with some of the very best in the business!

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.

Thanks for tuning in, amigos!
Dave