|With open bonnet this is how the Ferguson looked when just arrived.|
|The finished Ferguson photographed on the road plank in my garden.|
However much I like the Ferguson tractor my model couldn't stay shiny and factory fresh. Most Fergusons came to Denmark in used condition. While they were of course given a thorough cleaning and mechanical check up before sale and taken care of by their new owners, they were work horses. I wanted my model to look like a well used Ferguson.
I began the proces with minor painting of details and all the linkages' black pins were covered with grey. The exhaust pipe was given a mixing of different dark brown and rust colours. Details like spark plugs and petrol filter were given contrasting colours having consulted several colour images onine. I added green putty to represent dried mud on the tractor's lower parts and wheels. I worked the putty with an old stiff brush while drying to add texture. The puttied areas and surroundings were covered with light earth colours throug the air brush. I also air brushed a thin layer of dark grey on the engine block and radiator. The license plate is a piece of plasticcard fitted with a decal from Skilteskoven.
|Weathering progressing. The challenging task of weathering the wheels has begun and the first stages done.|
Switching from acrylics to oil paints I gave all areas around linkage points and bushings a thinned lick of black. With the same thinned black oil paint I gave engine, radiator, petrol tank and areas around the bolts on the wheels a wash to bring out the detail and to illustrate oily dirt. I finished this phase off with an air brushed layer of matt acrylic varnish with a tiny drop of light sand added.
With the varnish dried I started adding some small scratches around the tractor. I consulted prototype pictures to see where they usually occured. I kept the scratches to a minimum as I'm modelling a tractor in the early to mid fifties and not a 1980's wreck. I also added petrol spillings on the tank under the bonnet. With those minor tasks done I started weathering the tires. A do or die task on most tractors, where the large tires are very noticeable. I used a thin mix of water and acrylic paint to add the dust between the tire treads. When dry the paint was scratched with a steel wire brush. I rubbed ground up pastel chalk on top and sides of tires and finished off with a covering of matt varnish. I then sanded off any paint on top of the tires treads to expose the original rubber. With a burnishing with graphite powder on seat and foot rests and some gloss varnish on freshly oiled spots, the model is now ready to serve a farmer on the outskirts of Nystrup.
|Front view showing the familiar profile of a TE-20 Ferguson.|
|The Ferguson wasn't a large tractor.|