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Ten Fordson Machines

Started by Scratchman, February 20, 2013, 08:32:47 AM

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Ten Fordson Powered Machines

Over the last couple of years I've been modeling Fordson powered machines. I started by modeling four Fordson tractors. The Fordson Tractor Engine Components article is in the Winter 2012 Modelers' Annual.

(photo of machines. 1,2,3,4)

1. Universal Power Shovel. (article in the spring 2012 Logging, Mining & Industrial Annual)
2. Fordson Tank Truck. (article in the summer 2012 Narrow Gauge Annual)
3. Fordson Rail Truck. (article in the summer 2012 Narrow Gauge Annual)
4. Death Valley Monorail Locomotive.  (article in the winter 2013 Modelers' Annual)

There are quite a few Fordson powered machines that I still want to model so I decided that I would go ahead and build six more tractors.

(photo of tractors. 5,6,7,8,9,10.)

Gordon Birrell


Here's two photos of the 5th Machine. Tractor type loco on a wood frame.

Here's the photo of the prototype.

Gordon Birrell



Those are great Gordon, had plans for some myself since seeing Chucks' diecast version. Did you use plans?

If it has wheels, I'll have a look!


I think you now have more than currently exist!
Cant wait to see more vehicles!
You should have made molds!
I know a couple of guys into 1/16 who woulda' bought some!



Shovel... here's the link.http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=1130.0

Monorail... here's the link.http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=874.0

Water Truck... I based the chassis on measurements I derived from a 1:48 scale Bill Roy kit. The rest of the model was freelance. I will use this chassis for the tow truck #10

Rail Truck... was all freelance.

5.         Tractor Type Plantation Locomotive with wood frame. (axle drive) I had only the one photo for the plan.

6          Skagit M.A.C.  Tugger Hoist" (axle chain drive) 1:48 scale Bill Roy kit for the plan

7.          Monorail Loco American Magnesium Company Locomotive. # 1 (worm drive) the plans are in the 2008 January/February and March/April Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette. I also used information from Chuck Doan.

8.         Two Truck rail loco Long Bed. (climax type drive) I have only one photo for the plan.

9.         Bulldog/Willamette Straddle Lumber Carrier. (axle chain drive) 1:48 scale Bill Roy kit for the plan.

10.       Tow Truck. (axle chain drive)

I still need a lot more information for the tugger hoist and the lumber carrier.

Gordon Birrell


Ray Dunakin

That tractor loco is sweet!

You are going to be the king of Fordsons at this rate!
Visit my website to see pics of the rugged and rocky In-ko-pah Railroad!

Ray Dunakin's World


Gordon already is the King of Fordsons. He is in the running for King of Styrene, too. -- Russ


Hi Gordon,
I congratulate you on the absolutely ingenious work.
But one question I have has the Fordson Locomotive really had a steering wheel?
I eagerly wait but already on the 5 next Fordson models.
Regards Helmut
the journey is the goal


Gordon,     Do you have the plans for Bill Roy's 1/48 lumber Carrier-and the Tugger Hoist??  I have these kits and could copy the info/plans for you if you need them ;)


On the link above click on the forth, fifth or sixth photo on the third row down. Visit the page and see 13 photos of the hoist in Willits. The machine in Willits is a little different than the Bill Roy kit.

gordon Birrell



Well those are just overwhelming and stunning. Pretty much speechless.

I have seen that fordson lwoodframe oco pic somewhere....but for the world of me can't remember at the moment. IiIRC...it was on a sugar cane operation ore something. Very cool.
I am an unreliable witness to my own existence.

In the corners of my mind there is a circus....



Thanks Marc,the only info on the photo was plantation locomotive.

Here's a link to some more Fordson locomotives.


Gordon Birrell