M2 High Speed Tractor

Cletrac

This heavy duty tug was designed for use at under prepared airports. With 122 hp and full tracks it could pull even heavily loaded aircraft on almost any surface. It also mounts a winch rated at 10000 lbs, a 3 kw DC generator and an air compressor. No doubt, its more versatile than oxen.

The M2 tractor was accepted for production in February 1941 and entered service a year later. It was produced by Cleveland Tractor Company, which was widely known in agriculture as “Cletrac”. The company was acquired by Oliver Farm Equipment in 1944, but their full-tracked designs continued to be better known by the Cletrac name. The company was later acquired by White Motors and from there Volvo and General Motors.

This is the Monogram kit. Which may be misleading. As far as I know it has never been available separately, but as a free add-in to Monogram’s well known B-24 Liberator. Mostly. Some early issues of the B-24D do not include it, but every boxing (as far as I know) of the B-24J and later boxings of the B-24D do.
It is almost comically basic. I think ten pieces, with plenty of hollow voids. I filled what looked most visible (like behind the bench seats) but mostly just built it as is. Its getting more of a close-up here than I think the kit would ever wish for itself! This is the definition of set dressing, a background prop.

What the Cletrac was built to do.

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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6 Responses to M2 High Speed Tractor

  1. Pierre Lagacé says:

    I will see if I have this precious item in the box.

    • atcDave says:

      I was surprised to see some boxings do not include it.

      • Pierre Lagacé says:

        Off topic

        I bought a 3M respirator to use my airbrush inside. Is it a good idea?

      • atcDave says:

        I think it depends on the type of filter on the mask you’re using. For paint you need vapor protection more than particulate protection. That’s why a ventilated spray booth is often preferred. But yes, there are masks/filters that can help too.

  2. Chris Kemp says:

    I imagine that “high speed” would be a relative term 🙂

    Nice build though, Dave.

    • atcDave says:

      Yes! I should have said, 22 mph. Fast as tractors go. Can you imagine, racing around an airport at 22 mph with a B-24 in tow! Quite the image…

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