Model Vehicles by a Master Builder

The other week we stopped to visit Ted and Thelma – after going to Bill Rumpf’s Memorial Service.

Ted is a retired machinist.

DSC_8956I was amazed at the detailed construction of his vehicles. He even made the wheels – except for the car wheels. Those were a special order.

DSC_8960Abrams M1 Tank on a lowboy.


DSC_8965It took him two years to build this locomotive. The dining car even has mini-blinds.

DSC_8962I cropped one of my pictures so you can see the mini-blinds.

DSC_8968After retiring, Ted, spent many hours helping Cerwin with chapel construction.

He built two beautiful model chapels and gave one to us for TFC.

He said we can keep it for our office, give it to the International Office, or put it on a benefit auction. Check out the steering wheel.

DSC_8977There is even wall to wall carpet. The rig is 44 inches long.

DSC_8980We are going to put it up for bid on a silent auction at the Lancaster Chapter Dinner Concert on Saturday evening – with a reserve bid of $450.00.

If you are not coming to Yoder’s in New Holland, PA, on March 26, and have questions or would like to put a bid on it – send me an email at

There will be a bidding sheet at the concert.

The winning bidder will receive the chapel – and the money will be a donation to TFC’s Chapel Construction account.

2 thoughts on “Model Vehicles by a Master Builder

  1. What wonderful talent! I never accomplished it, but as a kid, I had a dream of making a model logging truck similar to the ones in the Pacific Northwest (and sort of on the order of the low-boy you pictured)! These are beautiful, and the detail is spectacular!

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