British Columbia Machinery & Agricultural Museum Alive and Well

| August/September 1995

  • Mendocino County Museum

  • Mendocino County Museum

The museum has a number of scale models of interest to model makers. One show case is dedicated to the work of the late Fred Ott, of Vancouver, BC. Before retiring, Fred worked as a sheet metal fabricator for Canadian Pacific Airlines, now Canadian International.

A feature attraction of the display is a 3' scale, 1915 J. I. Case traction engine 22-65. Patterns for all major castings were made by Fred and include parts numbers as listed in the J. I. Case parts manual. The fuel is coal. Working steam pressure is 150 pounds. Time under construction: five years. Also on display are the wooden patterns.

As a companion piece Fred Ott built a 3' scale J. I. Case separator. All measurements were taken off a 1918 production model. The separator is complete in every detail right down to a bushel counter. It will thresh the heads of wheat, beardless barley and rye. Fred Ott spent approximately three hundred hours to complete the model.

A second companion piece is a 3' scale model of a water wagon and pump. Other models built by Fred include a 1910 Rumely-Ideal separator, 3' scale. Measurements were taken from a parts manual and checked against a production model 36-56. This wooden model took 600 hours to complete.

Also on display is a model stationary steam engine made from Stuart Turner model castings machined and modified to reverse action.

Fred, a long time director of the museum association, was born in 1903 and died in 1975.