Farm model collecting has become increasingly popular with people of all ages. Britains, a leading manufacturer, has a long and distinctive history of producing these models. This book is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated guide for those interested in collecting these miniatures. The book describes all the baler and combine models produced by Britains since they were first added to its farm model range 40 years ago, and also provides details of their development. As well as standard models, this includes details and photographs of prototype and rare models. The history is complemented by a catalogue describing the main features, differences, issue dates and codes of each model produced. Each is illustrated with six colour photographs showing the model from different angles and the issue packaging.
Collecting farm models is a popular hobby worldwide. Britains has been a leading manufacturer of these models for over eighty years, producing many initiative standard setting models.
The company launched its first model baler in the late 1960s and its first combine ten years later, receiving the UK Toy of the Year Award in 1978 for the latter. Since launching these models, Britains has produced over 60 baler and combine models or variations from leading farm machinery manufacturers such as Bamfords, Case IH, Farmhand, John Deere, Krone, Massey Ferguson, New Holland, Vermeer and Vicon.
David Pullen has collected many of these models and researched their development. The book includes a long section describing how the range developed, plus details of prototypes and some of the manufacturing background. Also, to allow the reader to identify different model variations, catalogues are included in which individual models are examined – giving for each colour photographs, their main features and issue packaging.
About the author
David Pullen was brought up on a large mixed farm in East Anglia where he spent every opportunity working. On leaving school he went on to study agricultural engineering before embarking on a career that has seen him undertake teaching and research posts in the UK and overseas.
Collecting farm models, particularly those produced by Britains, has been a lifelong passion. David has written many articles about farm model collecting for some of the leading model and agricultural magazines. He also wrote A pocket guide to Britains model tractors 1948–1998.