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He Builds Scale Model Tractors As A Hobby
"Each one takes 2,000 to 3,000 hrs. to build," says George Erbe, Monona, Iowa, who builds scale model tractors, threshers and semi-trucks as a hobby.
So far, Erbe's built 11 mini machines including 10 tractors and one thresher and he's just begun work on a 3/8 scale model semi truck and trailer. They're built to exact scale with parts machined to exact specifications so that they're fully operational.
Machines built include a 9/16th scale 1930 McCormick Deering 15-30, a scale F-20 1935 Farmall, a 15-30 Townsend, a scale Rumely Oil Pull, a scale Waterloo Boy, and a 1/3 scale Case Thresher. Erbe shows his machines at antique power shows throughout the Midwest.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Erbe, Box 402, Monona, Iowa 52159 (ph 319 539-2649).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #3