A 1/32 scale 1915 Robinson fire truck for Marion FD. Tom Showers built this model in 1951. It is one of his earlier models built from basswood. In fact, the number “20” on the door indicates that it is his 20th model. It represents a machine from the Marion, OH fire department, circa 1915.

The late Tom Showers was a prolific builder of model fire engines and an apparatus historian. Many of his over 450 models are on display in fire museums like the one in Los Angeles. We are privileged to have some of his models on display courtesy of model builder and fire apparatus historian, John Ackerman. Tom Showers served as John’s mentor in model making.

Tom built this 1/32 scale model Robinson engine in 1951.

Exhibit added: February 20, 2012 - Last modified: April 19, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship