Frederick Ertl was a skilled craftsman and proficient molder at the Adams Company in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1945, he found himself without a job, so he began making toy tractors in the furnace of his home by melting down defective aluminum pistons and implementing a sand-cast technique he perfected at the Adams Company.
Within a year, Ertl had scaled production up from his home furnace to a 1,000 square foot building. By 1947, the side hustle had grown into a full-fledged business and moved into a 11,000 square foot building in Dubuque, Iowa and employed a host of local craftsmen.
- 1/25 scale model
- Over 53 unassembled pieces
- NOS, New in Box condition. Please refer to images for signs of wear and tear.
- "Blueprint Replica Model Kit"
- Original unopened box
Sold as is