Heller Ferguson TE-20 with scratch-built blade
This is the latest edition to my small-but-growing tractor family, Heller’s excellent “Little Gray Fergie”. This little tractor was an enjoyable kit, lots of detail and no problems in assembly. You can position the front wheels and the hydraulic arms however you wish, and you could build it with wheels off (in a diorama, for instance) as it has detailed hubs and brake drums. It comes molded in the blueish gray of the original tractor. I painted mine using US Navy light gray with a couple drops of intermediate blue. The resulting color was nearly indistinguishable from the original plastic. I chose not do do the heavy weathering, as that is not a skill I’ve worked on – besides, there are a couple of examples here on iModeler of heavily-weathered Fergies that far outshine anything I would even attempt.
The real interesting part of this article is the scratch-built 3-point blade. I grew up on a farm back in the ’70’s, and we had a scratch-built blade we used on our Case 300 tractor. It consisted of an old blade off of a horse-drawn road grader, an old steel-lugged tractor wheel, and odd bits of angle iron. I replicated all those elements from sheet styrene, and came up with what I think is a pretty good replica of the blade owned (and still own, actually!). I painted it with Testor’s rubber and rust colors, and some Tester’s steel for areas of wear. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I hope you enjoy my little Fergie!
13 additional images. Click to enlarge.