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Just curious if anyone is going to the national farm toyshow in Dyersville IA this weekend? I've been moving pretty slowly this week already with the dampness so I kind of doubt I'll be able to take the 2 hour drive and walk around all day. 

 

I use to go every year. It's a beautiful area, fun drive and lots to see and do if you're into that stuff. There's a farm toy museum next door and " field of dreams" is up the road. I'd love to bring one of my displays there sometime.

This spring my wife and I took our son to the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque. He really enjoyed that. Next time we go to IA we might have to have a whole weekend get away.

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Usually go every year,but daughter has a concert in WI Friday night, so I'm out this year.

Big Steve (dad) will be displaying in gym right beside Toy Farmer table....look for lots of 1/8 scale IH stuff.

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28 minutes ago, mmi said:

Had to give up "toys" +- 2000

Keeping up with all the additions, set add ons etc etc............ it was cheaper to buy the real thing.

Sorry to hear that. I'm not into the model farms or collecting like I use to be either.  It's crazy to see where the hobby has gone. A custom use to be an ertl tractor with standi tires, and a moores 3 pt for 30.00. Now there's 3d printed stuff with opening doors for 400.00 +. I collect what's special to me......what my family ran or something I used, but most of stuff out there is all based off of all new stuff. I agree I'd rather take that money and put it towards the real thing. Since 08' I attended the show then it got kind of the same so went every other year, then every couple then every few. 2018 was the last time I went and was actually somewhat disappointed. Lack of displays, almost every single room was " green light" toys. It was the 1st time I didn't spend a dime there. There's the thrill of the hunt but it's easier to find something online and so many people post pictures you see the displays better than in person. 

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4 minutes ago, JaredT said:

We went in 2003 and have wanted to go back since, it was crazy cool then, can't imagine now.  Hoping to go next year. 

In the 1990's my parents and I were always going to go. That would've been great seeing the Ertl factory when it was in it's hayday. I went with a friend in 08' and went back with my wife and did have my parents tag along one time. A lot has changed there. Good and bad. All the displays are in a new gym addition now. The toy museum and tent city were probably my favorite parts.  I haven't gone there since 2018 it kind of became the same thing year after year but " one of these years" we'll all go back.

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I toured the Ertl plant in the 80s when it was running.......pretty cool.

I agree the show isn't the same.....I've been to almost every one of the National shows....good to see old friends,  but not the same.  

Big Steve had a huge repair/repaint/customize business going in the 80's and 90's......then the bottom fell out of 60's Ertl repaints.

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I have only been once, in 2010 if I remember correctly. Would love to go again but it is right in the middle of harvest so can't take the time to go. Maybe when I retire. It is a great show and a beautiful area, just wish it was at a different time.

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I’m planning to take my boys. That is, if they pick up their current toys first!! My wife gets anxious over the fact that you literally cannot step in the room without stepping on a toy…. Lol 

I went regularly as a youngster and would spend every dollar in my wallet on 1/64 toys for my 4-H dioramas. My boys are getting into dioramas now so of course they need to update the equipment and replace my toys that they have so lovingly destroyed….

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1 hour ago, jass1660 said:

Field of Dreams is all commercialized now. Not the tiny field shown. MLB plays a game there every year now it seems like. 

I kept tabs of it and at first vistiting all you could do is stand by the corn or play catch on the field which is still a neat experience, then you could pay for house tours, they started having professional games on the field.  Then more buildings got added to the farmstead area so it didn't even really match the movie. There was debate on knocking down the farm and ball dimond to build the larger field and a museum. I'd like to see the larger dimond and changes but kind of think all the changes took away from the main feel.

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1 hour ago, Mr. Plow said:

I toured the Ertl plant in the 80s when it was running.......pretty cool.

I agree the show isn't the same.....I've been to almost every one of the National shows....good to see old friends,  but not the same.  

Big Steve had a huge repair/repaint/customize business going in the 80's and 90's......then the bottom fell out of 60's Ertl repaints.

Glad I'm not the only one who feels that way. Idk if it's cause it's kind of all the same or not like it use to be, or the hobby doesn't interest me like it use to. Like I said every so I'll try to go to it. It is like a family reunion.

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1 hour ago, jass1660 said:

Field of Dreams is all commercialized now. Not the tiny field shown. MLB plays a game there every year now it seems like. 

I went there 25 years ago and it really wasn’t much to see. I am amazed that the site has remained relevant in todays world for a movie that came out over 30 years ago. 

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53 minutes ago, ChrisNY said:

I have only been once, in 2010 if I remember correctly. Would love to go again but it is right in the middle of harvest so can't take the time to go. Maybe when I retire. It is a great show and a beautiful area, just wish it was at a different time.

I agree kind of poor timing. Reading the history of toyshows. National's kick off the farm toyshow season and toyshows are mostly in winter where farmers have more leway to get away. There is a national summer show too now........but that's having season. I never been to that one. I really enjoy the drive and colors for the fall one.

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2 hours ago, jass1660 said:

Field of Dreams is all commercialized now. Not the tiny field shown. MLB plays a game there every year now it seems like. 

The tiny field, house, barn are still there. The MLB game is played in a new field NW of the movie site.

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2 minutes ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

I went there 25 years ago and it really wasn’t much to see. I am amazed that the site has remained relevant in todays world for a movie that came out over 30 years ago. 

15 years for me. At the time it was pose by the corn or play catch on the field.  Now they have house tours and a 2nd dimond. I beleive 5 years ago they discussed knocking everything down for a museum. 

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10 hours ago, FoxrunFarms02 said:

Just curious if anyone is going to the national farm toyshow in Dyersville IA this weekend? I've been moving pretty slowly this week already with the dampness so I kind of doubt I'll be able to take the 2 hour drive and walk around all day. 

 

I use to go every year. It's a beautiful area, fun drive and lots to see and do if you're into that stuff. There's a farm toy museum next door and " field of dreams" is up the road. I'd love to bring one of my displays there sometime.

This spring my wife and I took our son to the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque. He really enjoyed that. Next time we go to IA we might have to have a whole weekend get away.

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I plan to be there Sunday. I honestly don’t enjoy it as much as I used to, I’ve kind of grown out of toy collecting. But have been going about 40 years now so I guess it’s tradition. My Dad and a couple guys started going and taking me when I was a kid. They seem to really look forward to it.

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1 hour ago, brewcrew said:

I’m planning to take my boys. That is, if they pick up their current toys first!! My wife gets anxious over the fact that you literally cannot step in the room without stepping on a toy…. Lol 

I went regularly as a youngster and would spend every dollar in my wallet on 1/64 toys for my 4-H dioramas. My boys are getting into dioramas now so of course they need to update the equipment and replace my toys that they have so lovingly destroyed….

I use to do the samething. It was kind of a sickening feeling spending 400 or 500 on single piece but you had some custom and unique. I'm  not much for fighting crowds so I like tent city and that's where older stuff is hidden. I never took my son there yet but hope to soon. He's getting into displays or plays with some of mine. I use to display at local shows. One thing I noticed was some younger builders got discouraged seeing the huge 8x8 displays and thought they needed something like that. Most of my displays are 4x2 one was 2x2 and repersent smaller hobby type farms. I like having little details like cats, dogs, wood chucks, scrap piles, ect on my little displays something that gets over looked on a huge display with 100 new tractors on it and that's one thing Id preach to parents at shows or having family days for 4-h that you don't need a huge a display or 100 tractors build something simple and something unique. You can use cheap materials like old seed signs painted to make sheds, use sticks or branches and make your own trees, 2.00 carpet samples from menards. Think outside of the box.

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8 minutes ago, IH Forever said:

I plan to be there Sunday. I honestly don’t enjoy it as much as I used to, I’ve kind of grown out of toy collecting. But have been going about 40 years now so I guess it’s tradition. My Dad and a couple guys started going and taking me when I was a kid. They seem to really look forward to it.

I agree it's more so about the tradition or just like why we collect real tractors we grew up with......it reminds us of days gone by or gives us that nice warm feeling. 2018 just my dad and I went. I came back empty handed,  he found some goodies, the displays were few to none and kind of disappointing but I spent the day with my dad.

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10 hours ago, FoxrunFarms02 said:

Just curious if anyone is going to the national farm toyshow in Dyersville IA this weekend? I've been moving pretty slowly this week already with the dampness so I kind of doubt I'll be able to take the 2 hour drive and walk around all day. 

 

I use to go every year. It's a beautiful area, fun drive and lots to see and do if you're into that stuff. There's a farm toy museum next door and " field of dreams" is up the road. I'd love to bring one of my displays there sometime.

This spring my wife and I took our son to the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque. He really enjoyed that. Next time we go to IA we might have to have a whole weekend get away.

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Was going to state, I haven't been there since they still made toys. After that revelation, I'm not saying anything about it.

Enjoy the show!!

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Mike

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Just now, Absent Minded Farmer said:

Was going to state, I haven't been there since they still made toys. After that revelation, I'm not saying anything about it.

Enjoy the show!!

😄

Mike

That usually gets brought up a ton on farm toy forums. Green light, and spec cast seem to be ahead on detail, and quality vs Ertl now who just puts extra tires .....,(usually backwards)they have laying around  on an old casting and call it a new arrival.........with 3d printing now most guys just make their own toys.

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16 minutes ago, FoxrunFarms02 said:

That usually gets brought up a ton on farm toy forums. Green light, and spec cast seem to be ahead on detail, and quality vs Ertl now who just puts extra tires .....,(usually backwards)they have laying around  on an old casting and call it a new arrival.........with 3d printing now most guys just make their own toys.

Scratchbuilding is the way to go!!

It's nice to see more DIY in the hobby. Lack of variety, detail & quality is what kept me away from collecting much in terms of scale farm equipment. It was great to see Ertl get into the Precision series, but quality control was an issue. My first was a 460. It had no plug wires, a few decals were in the bottom of the styrofoam shipper & one backward tire on the left rear. That pretty much kept me away from it. The offerings from Spec Cast weren't much improvement. The 80 combine was my first purchase & it only took two re-orders to get one that didn't shed parts in the box or have styrofoam spots on it. Now the "nice" one is up on the shelf shedding parts & the hitch is bending slowly as time progresses. I'll probably end up taking it off & heating it to get it straight.... or it's going in the garbage with the rest of the POJ, whichever comes first.

Speaking of, you should put your photography talent to work & give those dioramas a backdrop. Something like that brings you into the scene better. Also gives you an original backdrop to work with.

Mike

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18 minutes ago, Absent Minded Farmer said:

Scratchbuilding is the way to go!!

It's nice to see more DIY in the hobby. Lack of variety, detail & quality is what kept me away from collecting much in terms of scale farm equipment. It was great to see Ertl get into the Precision series, but quality control was an issue. My first was a 460. It had no plug wires, a few decals were in the bottom of the styrofoam shipper & one backward tire on the left rear. That pretty much kept me away from it. The offerings from Spec Cast weren't much improvement. The 80 combine was my first purchase & it only took two re-orders to get one that didn't shed parts in the box or have styrofoam spots on it. Now the "nice" one is up on the shelf shedding parts & the hitch is bending slowly as time progresses. I'll probably end up taking it off & heating it to get it straight.... or it's going in the garbage with the rest of the POJ, whichever comes first.

Speaking of, you should put your photography talent to work & give those dioramas a backdrop. Something like that brings you into the scene better. Also gives you an original backdrop to work with.

Mike

The quality control is what pushed me away too. I miss the days of standi toys and a custom was an ertl casting with standi tires, and Moores parts. As soon as everything went over seas seemed like stuff was backwards, stickers weren't straight, castings were bent .....

 

Once we re do the basement I was going to have some sort of scene or curtin.  Sometimes for display pictures I cut and past backgrounds or use calendar pictures.

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