Illinois collector builds his favorite engines as working model farm machinery.
Designed by Ted Young of Peoria, Ill., the "Young" scale model kit was James' first foray into the hobby.
Working implements and machinery are very important to and engine show display, James Gehringer says. This 1/2-scale John Deere corn sheller gets plenty of use at each show he attends.
This 1/5-scale Sandwich gasoline engine was designed by Jim May of Sandwich, Ill. Although the full-scale model is rated at 10 hp, this small model doesn't proportionally perform at the same output.
Although scale-model engines don't provide much power, they will power small equipment such as this pump jack and water pump attached to the 1012 Olds engine.
James Gehringer takes a short respite from the hustle and bustle of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In contrast to full-scale engines, James' engine collection can be displayed on portable tables. In front of James is the 1/3-scale Economy engine.