Thursday, January 26, 2017

Steel Arena Update

One coat of paint is on one more to come. This is turning out fantastic I am very happy with the look and will start the inside soon.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Working on the Steel Arena

Working on this wonderful new arena, waiting for more parts and then it will be finished. Some beautiful work from Germany.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Chocks for the train in HO scale

Working on these little numbers, they are a much needed detail for the train. I will be using some stain to gain the color that I want. Lefts, Rights and Naked Ladies.
 


Sunday, December 4, 2016

New Stands heading out of Winter Quarters

New stands heading to a client. These are HO scale.



Friday, November 25, 2016

More Elephants Coming Soon!

Im working on a few more elephants for the show. With the help of some photos and a drawing from Dom I am working on the "Old King Cole".




Sunday, September 25, 2016

Concession Stands

Working on another group of stands for a customer and also for my own show. Its good to be back in the shop again. The bottom picture is my popcorn almost ready for the midway.



New Project Started

This is my next big project, I have always wanted to build the car shops main building in Baraboo. This will not be an exact replica of the building but close to it. I am using it as the center of my winter quarters diorama. I am building a winter quarters for the C & R Circus the way I want it to look and not as a copy of any other winter quarters. I will try and use some of the building that I have pictures of from other winter quarters that I like and incorporate them in mine.

The picture is the prototype pieces. that I have to make sure the measurements work for my space. the bottom picture is what I am starting with as a guide.


Thursday, August 18, 2016


A couple more items I am working on for the C & R Circus. I need a few more however the rest of them will be painted brown and dirty. I also have these for sale as a kit or can be built. Contact me at christophergrieder@yahoo.com for information and timelines.

These trunks and wagon are HO Scale.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sitting here tonight working on putting some pictures together for my Grandfathers Celebration of Life tomorrow has been hard. All the model building and Circus in my life is because of him and his encouragement.

The C & R Circus is named after me (Chris) and my grandfather Roy. Many things were learned from Grandpa such as, Take your time, work neat, build to scale, measure twice before you cut and learn from your mistakes.

The best part was enjoying the many hours in the workroom with Grandpa learning many traits, skills and respect I will always have and use.

I truly have something that is unique and was built by me and my grandfather.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Website Going Away!

I will be closing down the website crcircus.com very soon. I have had problems with it and have desided to close it and updating the blog more often.

Sunday, March 27, 2016



Two new "Georgia Buggies" fresh from the paint shop. We have also added the bull rings to the ticket wagons. I think we had a good day of model building.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cracker Jack!

New Ticket wagons for the midway. We had some water damage to the original 3 wagons that are part of the masthead of this blog so we decided to replace them.


Here is another view of a completed cotton candy stand that is on my show and also the beginning of the Cracker Jack stand for the menagerie.



 The fold up ticket stand above is ready to be detailed. Example below of what we have done with these. I also have these for sale built ready for detail or we can talk about us finishing them for you. This is from a plan in the Little Circus Wagon.

We have been busy in winter quarters building all sorts of new things for the show. We have also came out with a new stand that is ready for viewing. We have these for sale, look for other variations as we expand.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013



I have been working on a new dish washer wagon for the cookhouse. I also had a question the other day from a fellow modeler about my Circus Candy stand and how I made the HO scale Cotton Candy. I used cake decorating supplies, the centers from some of the flowers on a cake. I painted them pink and like magic cotton candy. I am slowly gluing some to people in the seats, very slowly!

Poles to Engine


Well its been a long time since my last post so I figure I better start again. The website is still up but due to a computer crash I cant get on to change it with the program anymore. I am learning another program and hope to have the website back up and going soon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HO Products

Lets take a vote, what else should I look at making for the web site? How does brake shoes sound and also chauks (spelling) for your flat cars?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Updates to the web site

Check out www.crcircus.com for some more updates and the products page is growing slowly.

Thanks
Chris

chris@crcircus.com

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dont Forget the Website

www.crcircus.com has lots to look at, remember I dont post much on here but am working on new stuff for the website. Check the page on the Baraboo show for 2011 the show will be great, hope you can come and visit or display!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Check Out the New Site

I have been working alot on the new site and it is coming along nice I think. If you would like to send pictures of your models please do so to chris@crcircus.com I will work on getting them posted under friends models. I would also like if you wrote a small bio on your show to include with your pics.

Thanks
Chris
chris@crcircus.com

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New Website To View

I have started a website that I will keep working on and updating. I will not be updating this blog as much as I was (as if I updated it lots) but will keep you posted as to happenings. Visit the new site http://www.crcircus.com/

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Do this or Be Haunted!

I was instructed to post some pics here or I would pay the price. I know that's not what it said but I was reading between the lines.

Really trying hard to use some humor in this but I don't think I am doing so good! I am always learning and know that someday the "Great Peterson" will teach me more!
This is John giving a tour of the grounds to friends. Now on my left is a blowup store and behind that is a tent!

Does anyone know where the big wheel is?



Just another exciting day guarding the costumes that came over on the mayflower. Fact check Jim Petersons blog http://poles2engine.blogspot.com/



The Queen and one of her court (not sure what court) Queen Gretchen (the lady in charge) and Katie from Minneapolis


Lot lice! Robin was sent over to talk to him and find out what he wanted! She ended up having to kick him out!