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Doc's Merkur M6 Closed Cab Tractor

Hi folks, Doc here, with the first Merkur-built model to appear here in the Girders & Gears Model Gallery, the Closed Cab Tractor (my terminology). It is the "featured" model of the M6 Set, appearing prominently on the cover of the box. The model features the large #1083 tires and corresponding two-piece wheels, removable cab with clear plastic windshield, a hitch unit on both the front and the rear for pushing or towing, engine with air cleaner, and more.

The model also features steerable front wheels. Although the tractor has a replica white plastic steering wheel in its proper place inside the cab (see first 4 photos), with the cab installed it could not be used to turn the wheels (can't fit your fingers inside). The clever solution was to extend an axle (connected to the steering apparatus on the tractor's undercarriage) up behind the driver's seat and through the cab roof. Turning a small wheel mounted atop the cab on the end of this axle operates the front wheels (see photos below).

This is one of the few models in the large M3-M8 manual that has photos showing construction of different subassemblies, rather than a single photo of the finished model (like the single drawing of most models in Erector manuals). That was fortunate for me, since this was my first crack at Merkur! Now that I know the parts a bit better, I'm ready for one of those single-picture designs. So, enjoy the photos of this small (9" long x 4¾" wide x 5½" tall) but beautifully detailed model. It was a blast to build, and I can't wait to start work on the next one!


Tractor with cab installed


Tractor with cab removed


Cab detail


Cab detail


Cab door with step


Tractor frame


Frame detail


Front end with headlights


Tractor rear view


Rear detail with trailer hitch


Rear wheels/tires


Front steering detail


Tractor engine with air cleaner


Tractor cab assembly


"Steering wheel" on top of cab


Undercarriage steering detail (front)


Undercarriage steering detail (rear)


Tractor underside


Rear wheel and tire components