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 Post subject: Ferguson Tractor
PostPosted: Mon 24 Oct 2016 14:06 pm 
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An e-mail today from my preferred local retailer here in France tells me that Heller's new TE-20 'Petit Gris' Ferguson Tractor is finally available. It looks on the face of it an attractive kit, and given the frequency with which I encounter slow and elderly examples of the prototype chugging gently along our backroads, I'll probably invest in one shortly. But my question to those with greater knowledge of such things than I is this - given the history of co-operation/co-ownership between Airfix and Heller, is there any connection between this offering and Airfix's original 1949-issued Ferguson? I'm sure it isn't simply a re-shot in the same moulds (for one thing, it claims to be 1/24 and i understand the 1949 version was 1/20), but could it perhaps be derived from original plans/research? Or even just harping back to the nostalgia of a kit that kicked off the fortunes of its former partner? Or a resurrected joint venture from the days of common trading which never saw the light of day before the breakup? Thoughts/info/speculation, anyone?

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 Post subject: Re: Ferguson Tractor
PostPosted: Mon 24 Oct 2016 14:56 pm 
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Sprue shots can e found here

I doubt whether there's any connections past or present between Airfix and Heller in respect of this kit. It looks like an all new product in the style of the current Heller design team.

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 Post subject: Re: Ferguson Tractor
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Six vinyl tyres? Wot's that all about?

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 Post subject: Re: Ferguson Tractor
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I'd need more info than "6 tyres". Are there 4 drive tyres, and 2 sets of drive wheels for example? This fit is quite common up here for reducing the drive axle ground pressure on boggy ground.

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 Post subject: Re: Ferguson Tractor
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Two drive tyres (rear) , 4 front tyres, I'd think the different types of tyre are so other options can be built, there's also 2 steering wheels
A kit that I have been waiting for, I've always had a soft spot for the 1/1 version, but not the space for one so 1/24 scale will have to do


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 Post subject: Re: Ferguson Tractor
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Thanks; I'm not sufficiently "up on the details" to know if the front wheels and/or tyres maybe varied by year and/or application. I'm fairly sure that some had 3 spoke and some 4 spoke steering wheels though.

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 Post subject: Re: Ferguson Tractor
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I've had another look at the sprue shots,
the difference in the steering wheels is that one has a raised horn push button, on the other the horn push is flush, they are both 3 spoke,
There also appears to be 2 different seats,
possibly further options being released in the future


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