Friday, October 30, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Marc F.Davis chuffs through Dinosaur Gap. One of 12 new photos featured in my Raildig interview.
I was recently contacted by John Cubbin from Raildig.com who asked if I'd be interested in doing a guest interview about Thunder Mesa. I just love talking about the railroad and sharing ideas with other modelers so I readily agreed. The interview is live online today, along with 12 new photos of the Thunder Mesa layout. You can read it at this link.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
The town of Thunder Mesa is changing again
As the layout has grown from it's original 3'x6' configuration, the little Town of Thunder Mesa has been moved and reshuffled again and again; most recently at about this time last year. As my overall vision for the TMMC has evolved, this very central piece of the puzzle has necessarily evolved right along with it.
On the original 3'x6' layout, the town was situated high up behind the mill
With the first layout expansion, the town was moved even higher up behind the new turntable. The road up to town was almost impossibly steep and I was never crazy about the sight lines this configuration offered.
It makes so much more sense now for trains arriving in town to stop here in front of the depot instead of having to back into a siding.
Rainbow Desert Freight Lines has moved to a more logical location too, between the former depot spur and the main road into town.
The new location of Rainbow Desert Freight creates improved sight lines flowing into the main street of town.
As for the old depot spur, this will now be home to some stock pens and perhaps a livery stable.
With this new town configuration firmly established, I feel more comfortable diving into the scenery here and finishing up some of those other structures. I'm really looking forward to replacing all of those paper mock-ups once and for all. They've done their job in the planning stage but now it's time to move on. Breaking up the old depot scene was a little tough, but the lesson here is to never be so enamored with a scene that you are afraid to change it when a better idea comes along.
Thanks for checking in, amigos. I'm juggling a lot of projects right now and there should be much more fun stuff to come in the weeks and months ahead. Adios for now!
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Work often continues until after sunset at the busy mines of Big Thunder Camp. Old Jim takes a moment to admire the view as supplies are being hoisted up from Saguaro Siding below.