Note: This feature is in the September TT&C 2021 issue.
Gary Arledge is an avid collector of antique tractors and their scale model versions. His collection hobby also includes customizing and scratch building replicas. As Arledge gained expertise in this endeavor, he launched a tractor restoration sideline, known as Tired Iron Fabrication of Hillsboro, Ohio.
Among his achievements, Arledge scratch built fully operational scale model tractors with precision detail. The replicas include a half-scale Rumely Model 20-40 and a Waterloo Boy finished out in two-thirds scale.
While Arledge has worked with numerous brands, he favors the Cockshutt line of equipment. Through his passion for this trademark, Arledge applied his craft to several replicas.
“My interest in altering and building models began years ago when I restored toys from my youth. My fascination for modeling has grown through the years. My son saw a Richardson 50 Motor Grader in a reference book that was powered by a Cockshutt tractor. When I saw the picture, my creative juices kicked in. I then set a course to build a model,” Arledge noted.
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