826 Golden Demo 826 by Scale Models
Scale Models has been busy offering new IH pedal
tractors from the 1960s and now 1970s. These are the pedals IH
fans have been asking for.
The Farmall M is the best known International tractor and the M
and other versions such as the Super M, 400 and 450 have been popular
selections for pedals in past years for re-introduction to the pedal
market. These are all great models but IH collectors have been
requesting some of the modern greats from the 60s and 70s for a number
of years. Scale Models has heard collectors and introduced a new
line of IH pedals over the past year.
Collectors were quite pleased when the pedal Farmall
806 tractor was announced in early 2003. It was one of our first
stories in the new T.T.T.com in 2003. The 806 was the first new
tooling of the pedal tractor since the 1960's. Scale Models
did a good job in developing the model by adding a realistic muffler on
the hood and a shifter under the steering wheel. International
Harvester's Farmall 806 is popular with IH pedal collectors because it
was the company's first big modern tractor. Billed as "The
world's most powerful tricycle tractor" the 806 brought new life to
IH tractor sales in 1963. The new generation John Deere 4010
introduced in 1960 had become a farmer favorite. The 90 hp 806 put IH in
the power lead. IH made over 50,000 806 tractors from 1963 to
1967. Today many 806 tractors are still working hard on farms many
with over 15,000 hours with out an over haul.
806 Pedal Flyer from Scale Models
Farm Show 2003 IH 706
Scale Models gave IH fans a tough choice in the fall
of 2003. Just after the 806 announcement the pedal 706 was
released for the 2003 Farm Progress Show. The Farm Progress Show
chose the Farmall 706 pedal as part of their 50th Anniversary
Farm Progress started in 1953 and is the premier fall
show for tractor manufactures to show off new models. In honor of
the 50th show tractors from each decade were chosen to mark the
event. Scale Models produced models for all five decades.
These models included a 1/8 scale 1953 John Deere 70, pedal 1963 Farmall
706, 1/16 1973 Oliver 2255, 1/32 1983 Steiger CP-1400, 1/64 1993
AGCO-Allis 9650 and 1/16 and 1/64 Challenger MT765.
Scale Models made the Farm Progress 706
extra special by adding a wide front end. This was the first wide
front IH pedal ever. This is the tough choice for collectors not
able to buy both the 806 and 706. Do you buy the big 806 as the
first new IH pedal in years and for its history or go with the nice
looking 706 with the front and its historical part in the 50 years of
That is a tough choice. The
decision has a new wrinkle this summer with the IH 826 Golden Demo
Farmall. This is a model I have hoped to see for a long
time. It has never been produced as a pedal and was only available
as a custom re-paint. IH used special golden painted tractors in
its 1970 Golden Demo program to draw attention to the tractor
line. Hydrostatic-drive tractors were especially favored for
Golden Demos. Scale Models 826 has a nice golden paint job and
again uses the new wide front end.
I hope that the 806, 706 and 826 are the
start of things to come. A new Farmall 1206, IH first 100 hp
tractor would be a great choice for the fourth new pedal.