Memories Turn Into Models

1929 Cletrac model

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1222 West 120th Avenue North Conway Springs, Kansas 67031-8221

I was reading the April 1996 GEM, Reflections. I enjoyed the part where you stated more people are collecting farm implements.

For the past fifteen years I have been building scale-models of tractors and implements. My dad had a Rumely 1929 combine and I didn't want to lose the memories I had of helping with the harvest; that is how I got started on this hobby! I spent three winters on this combine project, which came to about 800 hours to build. The tractor in front of it is a 1929 Cletrac model #30. It is 1/5 scale.

The photo of the John Deere combine is one like my uncle owned; it is also 1/5 scale. One mistake I made on it is the reel. Some of the older farmers sure let me know it! The reel is made for a sixteen to twenty foot, whereas the combine I made was a twelve to fourteen foot.

The IHC one-way is one we also had on the farm. It is one of the first ones that they manufactured. It was a five foot. It was later cut down to a three and a half foot, when my dad pulled it with a 10-20 McCormick-Deering.

The John Deere ridge buster, or cornsled, was one my grandfather sold to my dad. It was hardly ever used. I made a model one winter, as I needed something new to show at the state fair.

The tractors I have built are: a D John Deere 29, GP John Deere and a Waterloo Boy. We take these to gas and steam shows and to the state fair. I have been to our state fair for the past ten years.

The project I am working on now is a 29, 10-20 McCormick-Deering. I'm trying to keep all of my tractors below the 1930s date.

If anyone has any questions about these models, feel free to write, as I will try to answer them.