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 Post subject: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:34 pm 
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Hi guys! I'm very happy to be back here at Burnsland and thought I'd go ahead and start a new thread to document the construction of my On30 Thunder Mesa Mining Co. "micro-layout." This layout is being constructed to add some interest and kinetic energy to my gallery/store in Jerome, AZ. When complete it will actually sit 72" above the floor on a specially built kiosk that will also display artwork on its side panels.

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As you can see in the photo, this is a small and simple layout - nowhere near as grand and ambitious as my previous Big Thunder & Western project. Basically, it's just a loop of track on a base measuring 3'x6'. I'm using Peco On30 flex track and just one left hand turnout. There are no grades and the minimum radius is 15" - no problem at all for the Bachmann Porters I'll be running.

Here is the above photo with a quick Photoshop paint job that gives a rather cartoony idea of the finished look:

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The theme is Big Thunder/Nature's Wonderland Country once again with a small town, some cool rock formations and some interesting animation and lighting effects along the way - maybe even a bit of Rainbow Caverns if I can figure out a way to make them visible on a layout this tall.

This one is going to get finished, folks, and sooner rather than later. Can't wait to share the build with all of you and I'm very excited that the finished product will be on display for the general public to enjoy on a daily basis. Trains should be running by next week. More to come!

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:03 pm 
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Hi Dave;

Very nice looking start to your layout! When you say it will be 6 feet off the floor, does that mean to the top of your planned peaks?


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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
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PackardDaveH wrote:
Hi Dave;

Very nice looking start to your layout! When you say it will be 6 feet off the floor, does that mean to the top of your planned peaks?

Sorry, I should have been a bit more clear. Track level will be 72" off the floor, the scenery will rise considerably higher. Fortunately, the store has 14' ceilings.

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
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Looks cool! Keep us updated!!

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
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You should have a look at Sam's NWRR. I think its about 4 by 7 feet and has quite a lot on it.....

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
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Your Photoshop Paint looks great! Keep us posted!


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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
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TFN5459 wrote:
You should have a look at Sam's NWRR. I think its about 4 by 7 feet and has quite a lot on it.....

Oh, I know. I've been following Sam's layout for years.

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
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If you're trying for a western look, may I suggest a mesa for the central mountainous area.


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Hey dave, your new project looks great! I love the relief. I'm an east-coaster who has enjoyed passing through Jerome several times, and would love another trip, so I hope I can get to see it live in the future. Looking forward to updates.

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mesa Mining Co.
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After you moved what happened to the other layout and all that hard work? Did you disassemble it and throw it out?

I really liked the pepper's ghost effect. I hope that you will use more special effects in the future. Do you know of any other layouts that use special effects similar to what you were trying to do?

I am looking for layouts that are creative and use ideas that are outside the box.


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