Revell Deutz D30 with scratch-built mower
The latest edition to my 1/25 tractor collection is the Deutz D30 from Revell. This is the second entry in their “press-fit” tractor series (the Porsche was the first), and is a nice kit. Hopefully there will be more of these coming in the future. The detail on the kit was pretty good, though the press-fit was a bit iffy at times and I had to glue it to keep it together properly.
Since this tractor had a three-point hitch capability, I decided to model a combination which is fairly common around here – an old, “well-used” utility tractor with a sparkly new Bush Hog mower attached. In order to attach a three-point implement, I needed to modify the lift arms, which came in the kit as one piece with a molded-in hitch connecting them together. I cut away the hitch, then drilled out the attachment points. I then fabricated the 3rd point hitch, the level-adjustment (or whatever it is called) using brass and aluminum rods.
The only other modification to the kit was the front wheel fenders – the kit came with the fenders attached to the axle, which is incorrect as then the fenders didn’t turn with the wheels. I cut them from the axles and re-attached them properly to the spindles so they turned with the wheels.
Paint colors were Tamiya X-5 green and a random red rattle can that seemed to match ok. See the one photo I took of the tractor in its factory-fresh paint scheme (along with an admiring “Stan” figure from MasterBox). I then proceeded to apply the many years of dirt and wear by dry-brushing Testors enamel and acrylics – aluminum, rust, rubber and a hobby color called “earthy”.
With the tractor complete, I then scratch-built the Bush Hog from Evergreen sheet and more brass and aluminum rod. The wheel on the mower is two landing gear wheels from a Lindbergh “Jenny” kit, glued together and the gap between them puttied in and sanded smooth. My daughter contributed an unwanted necklace for the dangling chains, and the decals were custom-printed. Paint was another random red off the rattle can shelf – Flame red touch-up paint for my Dodge Ram pickup.
I think it came out really well, and makes a nifty, interesting addition to my tractor collection. I hope you enjoy!
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