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Based in Dyersville, Iowa, Scale Models was founded by Joseph F Ertl around 1945. They made a series of diecast farm tractors that developed into the ERTL brand of diecasts that are still available today - mostly in the form of John Deere farm tractor models.

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Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
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