All aboard! This is the show where we talk about Imagineering, modeling, trains, and most of all Disney trains. Join us for fun and lively conversations with the best folks in the industry where theme parks and model trains come together.
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 2-02: Chris Raley
Join me as I welcome amazing miniature sign artist Chris Raley to the Thunder Mesa Podcast. Chris is the mad maker behind Route 9 Signs, and in this episode, we chat about the creative process, the value of making models. the many pitfalls of gatekeeping in creative communities, and why the heck he hasn’t built a model railroad yet!
You can find Chris and his remarkable work on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/route9signs/
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 2-01: Jason Jenson
The Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast is back! We’re kicking off season 2 chatting with the amazingly talented Jason Jenson of Jason Jenson Trains. We cover everything from HO scale freelancing and science fiction modeling, to choosing projects and avoiding burnout.
Thanks for listening, amigos!
Jason Jenson on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwtCiywyxpf5ed785KbAAQA
Jason Jenson on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasonjensentrains/
Jason Jenson on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jason-Jensen-Trains/
Thunder Mesa Limited Ep 12: James A Powell
Model Maker and themed entertainment professional James A. Powell joins us for the final episode of the Thunder Mesa Limited’s 1st season. Our talk covers everything from Malcolm Furlow’s San Juan Central, to Magic Wheelchairs, to dream projects and the joys of making.
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 11: Robert Kurner
Inventing a Fictional Railroad
Join me as I chat with Robert Kurner, creator of the Adventureland themed Typhoon Lagoon Railway. We get insights into the art, science, and all-around madness of inventing a model railroad prototype like Typhoon Lagoon – plus some startling late night discoveries working 3rd shift with Disneyland’s horticulture department. We also learn what’s cool about N scale, and much, much more!
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 10: Jake Johnson & the Art of Model Railroading
The Art of Model Railroading
Jake Johnson is back for a second appearance on the Thunder Mesa Limited, and this time our conversation is all about the art of model railroading! We talk about how and when to use forced perspective, color choices for scenery and structures, backdrops, how to choose a scale that’s right for you, the detail threshold, and so much more.
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 9: Ray Spencer
Former Disney Imagineer Ray Spencer is back for a second appearance on the Thunder Mesa Limited. This time we talk everything from pirates on Tom Sawyer Island, to Tomorrowland, the PeopleMover, and the value of aspirational “edutainment.”
“I like projects that are responsible; that people can take something away from… in terms of knowledge and, hopefully, inspiration.”
– Ray Spencer
Finally a Model Railroad Podcast with Great Content
Here is a podcast that really captures the joy and challenges our hobby provides. While it does not take itself seriously there is a lot of thoughtful hobby information about the creative process of model railroading. Enjoy!
What a ride- pun intended.
Episode 9 begins the application for model railroading. The first 8 are very interesting and flow well. To gain understanding of how these masters of art and illusion think through their challenges to bring the world the magic of the Disney parks was interesting but I was admittedly happy to finally hear it applied to modeling and model railroading. Stick with it if you just found this. Everything will begin to fall into place in episode 9.
The conversation in the first 8 gives valuable insight into how these masters of imagineering think.
Keep up the amazing work!