Ever since 1945, ERTL Diecast Company has been the leader in the diecast replica world. ERTL Diecast Company initially began operations by producing diecast models of farm vehicles and machineries. Their slogan was "Just like the real thing, only smaller.” They were previously located in Dyersville, Iowa, where the National Farm Toy Museum dedicated to diecast models and equipments is situated. By the mid 90s, ERTL Diecast Company began shifting their manufacturing operations to Mexico and downsized their original factory which was later converted into a warehouse and distribution centre as well as an outlet store. Currently, ERTL Diecast Company is own by RC2 with its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. It also has branches internationally in Victoria, Australia Dongguan, China Koln, Germany Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong and Exeter, United Kingdom.
With its merger under the RC2 umbrella, ERTL Diecast replicas are produced internationally and have been expanded to include diecast replicas of racing cars and sports vehicles. ERTL Diecast Company foray into the automobile niche actually began in the early 90s with the introduction of American muscle cars and trucks. They were produced on the 1:18 scale and had a dedicated patronage from the baby boomers. The earliest releases of ERTL Diecast Limited editions typically numbered around 2500 pieces and are highly sought after by diecast collectors today. Many of these initial releases nowadays can cost from $500 upwards. One of these highly desirable initial ERTL Diecast 1:18 scale models is the “Peggy Sue”, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air replica which can cost as much as $850.
However, the mainstay of ERTL Diecast is still farm vehicles and machineries replicas of the industry leaders like AGCO, CaseIH, John Deere and New Holland. The company with their discerning eye for details produces one of the most accurate replicas of farm equipments in the world. Their models are built to 1:16, 1:32, 1:50, 1:64, and 1:87 scales. These models have movable rubber wheels and functional steering. In addition, the decals of these models are very accurate reflecting the ERTL Diecast Company to details and quality.
To complement the tractors range, diecast collectors also have the options to purchase farm equipments as accessories to spice up their collections. All these can be set in the ambiance of a farm diorama that is also sold by the company as well. No doubt, the reputation of ERTL diecast replicas is due to the fact the company is committed to providing exquisite detailed scale of tractors and their other range of products.