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Old 12-04-2017, 08:20 PM
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Default Last Harvest



The harvest is wrapped up. Not just for the year but for a career. It has been quite a run but for everything there is a time. I started the 12 project three years ago and with a lot of seasonal interruptions I ordered the avionics kit today.
Building has been a lurking dream for a long time. To give you a clue, there is a Dyke Delta manual in my library archives. As I always tell my wife, "it doesn't cost anything to dream". Well that line has run into some serious headwinds so now it has morphed into "it cost a fraction of a combine". It seems to be working and she is thrilled to see me head to the shop for the day rather than pace around the house foraging for hidden holiday snacks.
So come summer of 2018 I hope to transition from the Warrior to the 12.
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Rv-12. Empennage done
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:39 PM
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Congrats Denny on the final harvest and the start of the build!

Jealous on both accounts

I always thought driving a Combine would be the coolest!

That and driving one of those ladder trucks from the back!

Keep us posted on the 12 status.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:46 PM
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Default A few questions

How big is that field?
Your equipment, or custom?
How many acres can be combined in a good day?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:04 PM
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Talking Harvest

On that particular day the rear machines are mine. I was fortunate to have some
great business partnerships that resulted in operating with different crews depending on where we were harvesting at the time. Trying to line these guys up for a photo shoot is like herding cats. Not a patient bunch when the sun is shining.
So far as dreaming of driving a combine, unfortunately they are on full auto-steer so you would get the same prompt as you would give your RV passenger ...look but don't touch
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Fuselage done
Finish kit done
Avionics ordered

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Old 12-04-2017, 09:53 PM
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I've been out of that racket for a while. I learned to combine on my Gandpa's Gleaner that was driven by the gasoline Continental v4. That was another time and another place.

Evidently, things have progressed nicely. Looks a tad more comfortable.

Good Luck on the build!
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:10 PM
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Default Cool shot

Very nice picture. I have some close family around Chelsea and Montezuma, cool to know there's another builder out that way
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:59 PM
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Congrats on your career! I have a son who worked pretty much exclusively on Case IH stuff as an ag tech; he could take any piece in that picture and dismantle it and put it back together blindfolded. Diagnose what was wrong with it while he was at it! Interestingly, he too has left ag behind and is now opening up an aviation maintenance and engine shop with a partner. Wouldn't surprise me to see him build an RV at some point too! Good luck with your project!
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:07 PM
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That right there is some SERIOUS tractorin'!
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:31 PM
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My uncle worked one of those in late seventies. As a high school senior it was a privilege to get there over a weekend and spent a day with him in the field. Sovkhoz brigadier didn't object they liked to impress visiting metro kids.


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Old 12-05-2017, 06:24 PM
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Great photo and some serious big machines!
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