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New Materials: 10 Hard-to-Find Plastic Farm Toys

Many plastic farm toys became rare for an obvious reason: They couldn't stand up to hard childhood play.

| August 2008

  • A-C kit
    Strombeck-Becker made a D-Series Allis-Chalmers kit, the first ones in the tractor line.
  • Farmall M kit
    This Product Miniature plastic Farmall M kit is another difficult plastic farm toy to find.

  • A-C kit
  • Farmall M kit

Many plastic farm toys became rare for an obvious reason: They couldn't stand up to hard childhood play. Some of the most difficult-to-find plastic toys include:

1. Allis-Chalmers D-14 tractor in kit form. Dale Swoboda, Two Rivers, Wis., says this 1/25-scale model was the first plastic farm toy to come in a kit form, in the late 1950s when car kits were all the rage. "It's hard to find it in a kit that isn't set together," he says. Finding these older toys at a toy show nowadays is almost impossible. "Usually you have to get it off the Internet," he says.

2. Case 800. These 1/16-scale toy tractors came with or without numbers on the side of the grille.

3-5. A trio of Ford tractors made by Product Miniature Co., Milwaukee, in the mid-1950s in 1/12 scale, including the Ford 600, Golden Jubilee and Ford 900. Collector Rick Campbell, Apple River, Ill., says he's seen one or two of these in collections, but never all three. "The 900 is the hardest to find," he says.

6. Ferguson TO-30. These 1/12-scale plastic models were made in 1954 by Topping Models with a 3-point hitch, with or without the model number. "Even though these were plastic," Rick says, "they were really, really well made."

7. Allis-Chalmers HD5 crawler with adjustable Baker blade. "This was another Product Miniature piece," Rick says. "Either the track broke apart or the blade. I wore one out as a kid. It just didn't stand up at all, so today it's tough to find one that's whole."

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I distinctly remember an offer on my breakfast cereal as a young boy for the Allis Chalmers model. I've been looking for one ever since!


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