Note: This feature is in the Dec. TT&C 2013 issue.
The dashboard and controls on Gene’s 1/4 scale remote-controlled John Deere Model 5010 diesel tractor emulates the original working tractor to the nth degree.
The electric controls, including the servo are located under the driver’s platform.
Accomplished engineers develop through different backgrounds. They may have had a formal education, or they may have honed their skills through applied experience. Gene Gregory of Loudonville, Ohio, is an accomplished engineer of scale model tractors and he credits his craft through tinkering. Gene’s professional career was working in the pottery industry. Although heavy-built equipment was not part of his background, Gene appreciated and admired tractors and construction implements. This appreciation progressed into owning and restoring about a dozen vintage farm tractors. Through that experience, he contemplated building his own tractor, a scaled-down version. “I have never been an engineer or trained to be one, but I like the challenge of planning and building. I tell people I just tinker. I started thinking about a tractor or piece of equipment so I started planning. And so with time, I had a completed tractor. It was gratifying to see the project completed to my satisfaction,” Gene commented.
Gene and Doris Gregory reside in the fertile rolling farmland of northeast Ohio. The area was stalked as hunting grounds by the Delaware Indians. There were several Delaware villages located in nearby Mohican Valley. White settlers began moving in during the turn of the 19th century. Indians were eventually forced from the area during the War of 1812. John Chapman, celebrated as Johnny Appleseed, frequented the region during the 1800s caring for his apple tree nurseries. And now, farming is the principal source of income throughout the rolling terrain of Ashland County, Ohio.