Prices is $19.95 plus shipping. You will receive all of the parts needed to make this model. Painting and some assembly is required.
This is a scale model of the Tropic Breeze wind generator. These were and are used to prevent frost damage to crops. The prototype for this particular model was found in a vineyard near St. Helena California. It was one of the first such generators installed in the Napa Valley. These wind generators were first used in 1946 and are still in use today. The manufacturer was originally the National Frost Protection Company, Incorporated. I observed these same machines in the late 1960s in the orchards around Lodi, California. It is interesting that the pole serves as the fuel tank and the top platform rotated while in operation. Click here for a 1946 article about this machine.
You will need to attach the wind blades and paint to finish the model.
This model is based on drawings made in 1980 of a water tower at the John Krohn Ranch in San Martin, California. Virtually every orchard and vineyard farm house in Califorina and possibly elsewhere included a water tower primarily for domestic use so that the house had running (presureized) water. Most farms converted to smaller tanks and then eventually to in ground pumps. Many of the towers remain although likely none or them are currently used for water storage. I lived in one of these farm houses in the late sixties. It had an above ground pump with a 50 gallon tank next to it. The house was a bungalow style which was also very typical. We used the water tower for tools on the ground floor and attached our TV antenna higher up on the side. I think the tank was still inside but never got to go up and explore as we were only renting. The prototype for this tower had a wind mill but that was not at all common as these houses had electricity both for the house as well as for the irrigation systems. Lots and lots of water was needed for the orchard or vineyard and these towers would not hold enough water for that purpose.
You will need to sand and glue the top and bottom together, add roofing and paint to complete the model.
The prices is $29.95 plus shipping.
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