Heller MF 2680 Tractor 1/24
Here's the latest addition to my tractor collection, Heller's Massey Ferguson 2680. I bought this kit off of eBay back in late March from a company in Germany, and was informed by the seller that they would not be able to ship right away because of COVID. I told them that was ok, I could wait. Fast forward six months to October and I still had not received the kit! I emailed the company and they replied, "Who are you?" They had forgotten all about my order and shipped it right away by boat, so I finally(!) got the kit the second week of November.
This is one of the few modern tractor kits out there, and it is a press-fit kit with not a lot of detail. It only has 46 parts, whereas the old Ertl kits have 125. The kit also suffers a bit from the "moving parts" issue in the front axle and the 3-point hitch (the 3-point is actually moveable up and down) which makes it less accurate. You can see from the cabin shot that it was pretty sparse - just a seat! I scratch built the floor mats, control panels and gear shifter from plastic sheet and rod, with balls of white glue for the shifter handles. Since I was making this one a working tractor, I muddied up the floor and added a scratch-built shotgun and box of shells. Other than those modifications I didn't change much. I was glad the kit came with tractor weights hanging on the front, but they looked like a uniform block of plastic, so I scored the block to delineate the individual weights, and modified the handles to look more realistic.
I muddied up the front axle and fenders with blobs of putty painted brown, and sprayed light gray as a film of dirt over the lower half of the tractor. The mud on the tires is not totally satisfactory to me, I might revisit that again later. Note the clean sweep of the windshield wiper - I'm kind of proud of that. 🙂
The real tractor was produced in the early 1980's, so it's a good companion to my Ertl 1155 which was produced in the late 70's. Since I work part-time at a farm supply store now, I was able to buy Massey Ferguson Red spray paint at an employee discount, so I could paint the tractor the genuine color. I was pleased to see that the genuine color is a very close match to the Testers Red that I painted my 1155 with. I hope you enjoy my latest tractor!
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