Note: This feature is in the Sept. TF 2020 issue
In the world of custom scale models, Dan Forbis has attained superior craftsmanship. An exceptional achievement is Dan's weathered look applied to his customized and scratch-built farm equipment replicas. Through an informative chat, Dan shared a glimpse into his quest to master this high level of artistry.
Dan's drive is a combination of several facets. His love for agriculture and its associated equipment reigns supreme. Dan't partnership in the Rocky Mountain Agromomy Center in Riverton, Wyo., has exposed him to specific equipment. And then, the aspires to build realistic scale model farm machinery. With humility, Dan stated succinctly, "I'm simple an amateur. Doing what I'm doing is like playing golf. You can learn to master it. I'm continually searching for ways to improve my modeling."
EARLY TOY FASCINATION
One of Dan't earliest toys was a 1/16 scale, cast-iron John Deere D made by Arced. "Since that was my first toy, I've held onto it. Shortly after receiving the Model D, I received a John Deere two-row corn picker. At age 7, my next toy was a 1/16 scale International 1456 tractor. Back then, it seemed like a huge tractor with its duals, cab and front weights. It farmed many acres as a kid. I restored and customized the Model 1456 slightly larger than life. For example, I was able to retain the identifiable wear marks in the wide front from the tires rubbing into the metal spindles," Dan reflected.
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