John Deere 4430
I grew up on a farm with green tractors, and as kids my school mates and I used to have tug-of-wars over whether John Deere or IH were the better tractors. Sometime around my early teens I built the Ertl Massey-Ferguson 1155 tractor which was a very nice model, but I built it poorly. I always wanted to add the John Deere to my collection, and redo the 1155 in a better fashion. Fast forward to 2020, and with lots of time around home due to covid19, I found both the 1155 and the 4430 online, and I found the John Deere plow from the same set as well! So I’ve built the JD tractor and plow and present it here for you all to see. I’ll be doing the 1155 later on, as well as the John Deere 310 with backhoe and loader.
I painted both kits using the huge rattle cans, which makes it hard to get a good finish. My dad’s plow had shares that were polished to mirror-quality reflection, so I surfaced the shares on this plow with aluminum foil. Otherwise, I added some wiring and plumbing to the engine, and a PTO shaft, but the models have pretty good detail, so that’s all I did.
I still like those green tractors, as you can see in the last photo, of my grandson seated atop my JD 300, new in 1977, the last year the 4430 was manufactured.
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