Custom-built farm toy models for kids (and big children)!
Ciarán Dunne of Perfect-32 Farm Models launched his latest creation at the Kilkenny model toy show over the weekend; a 1:32 scale model of Irish manufacturer, Armer Salmon's twin row belt-lift beet harvester.
Like all of the Armer Salmon harvesters, the twin row machine was named after an animal - in this case the Armer Salmon 'Beaver' model.
To create a perfect replica in 1:32 scale, Ciarán spent hundreds of hours on the project. He had to measure a full sized Armer Salmon Beaver in immense detail.
Once he had that done, he had to design all the models parts - creating drawings for parts for brass etchings, CNC machining and 3D printing.
On top of all that was miniature lathe work, sticker designs and printing plus the moulding and casting of the wheels and tyres.
Once all the various components - including brass etchings, mouldings and stickers are at the ready for model construction - building the actual Armer Salmon Beaver takes a total of seven days. Just like the full size version, the beet tank tips to unload into a trailer. The lifting rails and ploughs, raise and lower in and out of work.
The hydraulic draw bar moves to line up the lifting gear in the beet drill. Wheels of course spin and the bogie axle with two wheels operates like the real thing. The yellow covers can be removed to display the detail underneath.