A new board to share images of models from specialist makers where the model has either been produced from scratch or converted. The model must not be mass produced, e.g less than 1000 pcs. Makers include G&M Farm Models, G&M Originals, Tab Models etc.
As i've worked on dairy farms in my puberty an adolesence-time, i recall fine memories from working on a local farm using a Landini 6550 VeloxDrive.
So, collecting scalemodels with which i have a certain affinity, there should simply be a model of that type Landini.
But as you all probably know, there aren't that much scalemodels of Landini tractors.
So that kind of leaves the only possibilty to try to make one yourselfs. For that reason i purchased a model made by ROS, a Massey Ferguson 1014, since these models look quite the same, in real life as on scale. That purchase may be some 15 years ago, but it always was there, in the back of my mind, that the day would arrive to start re-shaping it to the Landini 6550. In the mean time i'm about four weeks busy now, and the result is coming to what i want it to be.
Time for some pictures now:
First of all some pictures of the original model from ROS, the MF1014:
Seems ther even was a collectors-set with a tracked-version, as shown above.
Now, dis-assembling wasn't that hard to do, but there was still a lot to re-shape, so saw and hand-file were needed a lot. For instance i assembled and mounted a drawbar and hitch (European version) to make the model look more realistic, and no longer a toy.
This is a picture i made from the frontpage of an original leaflet, which i collected bakc then, which shows the 1:1-version, almost like the one i've worked with:
Next thing to do is to put the die-cast body and parts into the paint-remover. Back when i've worked in a trading company which imported and recovered tractors, i got to know the difference between the paint remover sold at lumberyards, and the professional version a simple consumer cannot get anywhere. Well, that made a hell of a lot difference.
So, starting to work on the Landini-project, i dsicovered my stock was down to zero, and i had to visit a local car damage repair company, and ask them to sell me some new paint remover of professional quality. Simply because that does do the trick in minutes!
The next build of tractors from my past, this time a Ford 4610. I've started this one a bit differently to normal by using an element of cast parts. I'm also going to try and cast the bits as i go along as i fancy doing a Q cab version as well. Anyway, a start on the front bolster and a bit of a mock up of parts to get a feel for the build
Looking back it might be easier to cut out a piece next to the middle section, but you have to be able to make a clean straight cut. Use the pickup for alignment of the sides. Keep the cross beams at the top front.