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Okay, how many of you have actually built the little tractor that comes in some old MPC Indy car kits? That's what I thought. Actually, it's probably a lot of you. That cute little puppy is hard to resist. When I decided to build it I started looking for reference pictures on the net and I discovered an unknown world of Wheel Horse enthusiasts. I ended up joining "Red Square", the forum for Wheel Horse guys and gals, and learning more about WH tractors than I thought there was to know.

The tractor in the MPC kits represents an early production 1968 WH Charger 12. You can tell that it's from early in the year because the kit motor is a 1967 Kohler K-301. They were using leftover 1967 engines at the beginning of the year. After poking around on the forum for a while, I decided to convert it into an Electro 12. The Electro was a fully loaded Charger with its own graphics, electric PTO clutch, hydraulic mower lift, chrome wheel covers, etc. So while I was at it, the motor would need to be updated since Electro's never had the leftover engines and it needed a mower deck (scratch built) to go with the hydraulic lift I had to build and so on. Totally crazy but it sure was fun. The Wheel Horse guys were very willing to help a modeler out. So here it is, hope you like it:

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Love this! My dad's got an old Wheel Horse he uses pretty regularly around his place. Not nearly as nice as your scale version! Very nice work, Manuel!

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I had one that looked like that. Very cool build.

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Well, gee, it looks like you guys like it. I didn't know what kind of reaction it would get. It's not exactly a car, you know! :D

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Cool Wheel Horse. I had one with 500 Special stickers from that vintage. It was a 6 hp. Tecumseh. I remember seeing them in Gasoline Alley at the speedway towing cars and equipment around. They were a big sponser at the 500.

I have not built my model yet, nice inspiration to do so. Thanks for sharing.

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That's cool. I wish some enterprising resin caster would make the whole thing, I'd be in for one. I used to have an RJ.

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This is great. That deck is really nicely crafted. I'd love to see it with that base on a display table.

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That's cool. I wish some enterprising resin caster would make the whole thing, I'd be in for one. I used to have an RJ.

Actually, I recently discovered that Scale Equipment Limited sells a resin version plus several attachments.

http://www.seltd.net/cgi-bin/ez-catalog/cat_display.cgi?account=X344897;search=16;search=Special%20Projects;limit=category;v=2.0

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Love it I got myself one . I plan to build mine like a garden tractor puller.

Sounds like a cool idea! I'd love to see it. You should check out the Wheel Horse forum if you need any questions answered, reference photos, etc. They'll love to see your project, they're super helpful, they have a forum section about pullers and you can download just about any WH owner's manual that ever was to see exploded drawings with all the parts shown. It's a win-win!

http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/

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That's beautiful! Fantastic scratch job on the deck too! I bet those WH dudes went nuts when they saw how your model came out! ;)

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Great build! The mower deck is really nice! Maybe put the tractor on a trailer (modified one from the Kurtis midget kit), hooked up to a pickup truck?

Sam

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