|View single post by Keith Pashina|
|Posted: Sat Aug 28th, 2021 11:28 pm||
I recently went to one of the local tractor and threshing shows,
near Minneapolis, where I live.
These shows are popular in the Midwest and give collectors and enthusiasts,
the opportunity to display their collected and often restored equipment.
I appreciate and like looking at machinery,
and the older tractors and related equipment are no exception.
One can also get some good modeling inspiration and ideas,
by attending these shows, and I will give you some examples of this.
This show seemed to have about 8 steam traction engines,
restored and operating around the grounds.
This collectors association,
seems to have purchased a farm just for their annual shows,
and must comprise probably at least 10 acres, and maybe more.
I like being around these wood and coal-fired machines,
they smell and sound similar to railroad locomotives,
and are fascinating to watch.
Each day, the show has a parade of restored tractors,
which seem to be mostly equipment built between the 1910s to the 1970s.
Several of the steam traction engines were in the parade,
and it was fun to see and hear them on display.
Someday I hope to build a model of one of these,
a Minneapolis Tractor Company kerosene tractor,
which was the "modern" successor to steam traction engines.
These locos are a whirl of gears, exposed tappets and flywheels,
and there were two of them restored to operating condition.
This would be a challenging scratchbuilding project,
but hopefully someday.....
I think this John Deere is late 1920s or early 1930s vintage.
It is a great study in weathering and aging in a model.
I took several photos as a guide to weathering models on my layout.
Very little of the original green paint remains visible,
but the rusted metal surfaces are complex,
they show a variety of colors and textures, and would be nice to model.
I can read about and borrow ideas from the Military Modeling folks,
who build models like this all of the time.
Here is another John Deere,
somewhat newer than the previous one,
but also a fascinating study of weathering and dirt.
This tractor must have quite a story to tell,
about what has happened in its lifetime,
it is probably close to 85-90 years old !
I'll post a few more photos later today,
but I'm headed out to get some dinner first.