Exciting new classic tractor models

Posted by Chris Graham on 12th September 2022

Mike Neale takes a look at an interesting selection of recently-released diecast and resin classic tractor models.

Classic tractor models: Universal Hobbies’ Massey Ferguson 35X Multi-Power in 1/16 scale.

In the big 1/16 scale diecast and plastic tractor range from Universal Hobbies is a red and grey 1963 Massey Ferguson 35X, selling for £70. There is a Massey Ferguson badge on the front of the bonnet and Massey Ferguson 35X and Multi-Power decals along the side of the bonnet. The MF 35X was built from 1962-64, fitted with a 44.5hp 2.5 litre, three-cylinder, four-stroke Perkins A3.152 diesel engine, with the option of a differential lock and Multi-Power transmission, a hydraulic gear splitter. It was manufactured in both England and the USA, as well as under licence in India and Yugoslavia.

A 1965 version of the Massey Ferguson 135 in 1/16 scale by Universal Hobbies.

Universal Hobbies have also produced the later Massey Ferguson 135 of 1965 in the same scale, retailing at £72. The 135 was introduced in 1964 and built until 1975. Most had a Perkins 2.5-litre, three-cylinder AD3.152 diesel engine, at least in the UK, but petrol engines were also available, mostly for export. Early examples had two-tone wheels in silver with red centres, but from late 1965 they were all silver, as on the model. Initially, traditional shell-type mudguards were fitted, later replaced by a more angular flat-top design. Over 413,000 were built in the UK.

Ford 5000 Tractor of 1964, also from Universal Hobbies in 1/16 scale.

In the same range is the 1/16 Ford 5000 tractor of 1964 in blue with white mudguards, for £73.99. Competitors to the MF 135, these were built by Ford until 1976, becoming the Ford Force 5000 from 1968. The 5000 had a Ford four-cylinder diesel or a four-cylinder petrol engine. It too was built in both the UK and the USA.

From Britains in 1/32 scale is a diecast and plastic JCB Midi Excavator 86C-2 in muddy condition in the ‘Britains At Work’ collection, selling for £27.99. The model has a rotating cab, functioning arm with bucket and rubber tracks. You can also buy it in clean condition, if you prefer.

The muddy working version of Britains’ 1/32 JCB Midi Excavator 86C-2.

Another new release is the Ford TW-20 tractor, also in 1/32 scale, retailing at £25.99. The TW20 was produced from 1979-83 and had a distinctive sloping grille. It was available as a 2WD or optional 4WD and fitted with a Ford 6.6-litre six-cylinder diesel engine.

Note the distinctive rearward-sloping grille on the Ford TW-20 Tractor by Britains in 1/32 scale.


A former magazine partwork model German tractor, made by Ixo and originally issued by Hachette, is a 1956 Fendt Dieselross F15 H6 in 1/43 scale, which is now available in UK shops. It comes in green with red wheels and yellow lettering. The recommended price is £19.99. Fendt introduced their first small 6hp Dieselross tractor in 1930. The F15 version was produced from 1950-57 with a 15hp 1.2 litre diesel engine. Over 14,000 were built.

1950s German Tractor series Fendt Dieselross F15 H6 in 1/43 scale.

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