Note: This feature is in the September TF 2021 issue.
With a passion for the unusual, Jim Gorman's farm toy collection will never be complete. Gorman's collection of commercially made models caused his home to burst at the seams. But his zeal for the unusual replicas has not been satisfied. When Gorman sees a model not previously made, he builds it.
"I enjoy building unique models, those not made commercially. I don't have an accurate count, but I've customized or scratch built well over 100 different models. Most of those replicas were created for my own collection. I have built a few pieces for my collector friends, however," Gorman noted.
Antique tractor and steam thresher shows are the best events for Gorman's inspirations. "I was meandering through the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show & Reunion held in Plain City, Ohio. On that walk, I spotted the New Holland SP166 baler. SP in the model number stands for self-propelled. I checked it out and learned that it was rare. That peaked my creative interest, so I took a bunch of pictures for future reference," he stated.
Gorman eventually scratch built a 1/16 scale model.
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