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Farm models - 9 ways to collect on a budget

We all want to expand our farm model collection, but how can that be done on a budget?

Collecting farm models can be an incredibly rewarding hobby for enthusiasts of agricultural machinery. Whether you are a new collector or a seasoned enthusiast, building and expanding your collection of farm models can be a deeply fulfilling pursuit. However, with the range of models available on the market, it's important to approach collecting with a budget-friendly mindset. In this blog post, I'd like to share some tips and insights on how to grow your farm model collection without breaking the bank.

1. Set a Model Tractor Budget

The first step in establishing a budget-friendly collection is setting a clear budget. Determine how much you are willing to spend on your collection and stick to it. It's easy to get carried away when you are passionate about a hobby, but staying within your budget will ensure that collecting farm models remains an enjoyable and sustainable hobby.

2. Research and Prioritize Farm Model Brands

Research is key to building a budget-friendly collection. Take the time to explore different brands, scales, and types of farm models to understand their availability and pricing. Prioritize the models or tractors that you are most passionate about, and focus on building a collection around those priorities. By narrowing down your focus, you can avoid spending money on items that do not contribute to your core interests.
A great way of exploring the range of farm models which are available, have been in the past, and the most recent releases, is on a website called the Farm Model Database

3. Seek Affordable Model Farm Brands

When collecting farm models on a budget, it's important to be mindful of the brands you choose to collect. Some brands are known for producing high-quality models at more affordable prices. Britains Farm Toys offer a wide range of model tractors and implements at more affordable prices. The Britains Prestige Collection gives higher quality models with more detail than the standard Britains models. For example this Britains Prestige Collection John Deere 8R.410 which is available now. Being open to exploring different options can help you find quality models within your budget constraints.
Brands such as Universal Hobbies, Wiking, Ros and Marge Models tend to be of higher cost, but have some of the most detailed models on the market. 

4. Consider Pre-owned Models

Pre-owned or second-hand farm models can often be found at a fraction of their original retail price. However, some rarer and more collectable pre-owned models can fetch incredibly high prices. Scouting out agricultural shows and online marketplaces can uncover hidden gems that fit within your budget. But be wary, as some second hand models sell for nearly as much as new ones. 

5. DIY Projects and Customization

For collectors on a budget, exploring do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and customizations can be a creative and cost-effective way to expand your collection. Embracing the DIY aspect of collecting can add a personal touch to your collection while keeping costs down.
A great DIY project is the buidling of your own grain or silage trailers. Self build kits can be purchased from Braemere Models who offer kits for Bailey, Stewart, Broughan, Richard Western and KTwo trailers plus a range of other trailers and implements including slurry tankers and livestock handling equipment.
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Wiking John Deere +  Braemere Models Stewart silage trailer
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Braemere Models Broughan Silage Trailer, Bailey Silage Trailer and KTwo Trailer.
The weathering of models is also another great way of personalising your collection. Tutorials can be found online on how to add some dirt, wear and tear to your model tractors. 

6. Focus on Niche Areas

Niche areas within farm model collecting, such as a focusing on grass and silage machinery, or potato and root crop machines, can offer opportunities to build a meaningful collection. By concentrating on a niche area, you can channel your efforts and resources into acquiring models that are deeply connected to your passion for farm machinery.

7. Patience Is Key

Building a budget-friendly farm model collection requires patience. It’s important to resist the urge to acquire every model that catches your eye. Instead, take your time to scout for the right opportunity to add new pieces to your collection. Patience will not only help you stay within budget but also enhance the satisfaction of finding the perfect addition to your collection. But bare in mind that when limited editions are released, they can sell out quickly!

8. Incorporate Dioramas and Displays

Creating dioramas and displays for your farm models can add another dimension to your collection. By showcasing your models in themed settings or agricultural landscapes, you can enhance the visual appeal of your collection without solely focusing on acquiring new models. Building dioramas can also be a fun and creative aspect of the hobby with the opportunity to show your creations at farm models events. 
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Wiking Claas Arion +  Braemere Models Bailey silage trailer in a diorama at the Borderway model show. 

9. Keep an eye out for deals at Agri Scale Models

Keeping track of release dates for new farm models and staying updated on promotions or discounts from manufacturers can help you plan your purchases more strategically. 

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Collecting farm models on a budget is a rewarding pursuit that requires careful planning and consideration. By setting a budget, conducting research, exploring options and embracing a patient mindset, you can build a diverse and meaningful collection of farm models without overspending. Whether you are interested in vintage tractors, modern agricultural machinery, or dioramas, there are countless opportunities to expand your collection while being mindful of your budget. The key is to stay true to your passion, be open to creative approaches, and enjoy the journey of growing your farm model collection. Happy collecting!

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