Dispatches from the Wild Frontier!
The Thunder Mesa podcast is here! Each month, Dave goes in depth with a new special guest on the art of modeling, Imagineering, trains, and Disney trains! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss it, or support Thunder Mesa on Patreon for early access to all videos and podcasts and the ability to submit questions to our guests!
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Veteran designer Jake Johnson cut his teeth building models and sets for the Robot Chicken animated series before moving on to the model shop at Walt Disney Imagineering. Jake is an avid railroad modeler, designer, and creative thinker who continues building models for motion picture and television production to this day. He is also a founding partner in Crescent Creek Models, making distinctive model kits for discerning modelers.
Former Disney Imagineer Ray Spencer is a well respected creative professional with over 20 years at Walt Disney Imagineering. As an Executive Creative Director, he oversaw numerous projects for Disney Parks around the globe, as well as the designs of attractions, hotels, shops, and restaurants. Listen in as we talk about his time with Disney, the many projects he has had a hand in bringing to life, how he got into the themed entertainment business and so much more. Enjoy!
Billy Tyson is a retired veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering with 37 years of stories to tell. From the original Disneyland to the overseas parks, Bill has had a hand in bringing the magic to life and making sure it worked. He's also a skilled railroad modeler who now helms his own consulting firm specializing in design and construction management services for large scale outdoor garden railroads.
Sam Towler and Nature's Wonderland
Sam Towler is currently a professional model maker in the themed entertainment industry. What started out as a hobby and became a career, his work includes designing and building models, props and displays for various outlets, including Walt Disney Imagineering. Whenever he’s not building something for work or home, he oversees maintenance of his “Mine Train thru Nature’s Wonderland” model at Walt Disney’s Barn in Griffith Park.
Michael Campbell is a noted authority on Walt Disney’s railroading interests, and has been a leader in education and preservation efforts at Walt’s Barn, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. He has produced exhibits, talks and presentations for Disney Parks, museums, and professional organizations, and has been a driving force behind the creation of Disney Railroading scale models and collectables.