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First Look Review
HO scale
McCormick D-326 Tractor
McCormick Tractor D326
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Agriculture is a proverbial cash crop of railway freight business and model farms are a natural scene on model railroads. What says "farm" in the industrial age better than a tractor? This McCormick tractor is a new addition to Herpa's growing agriculture series.

Mc Cormick Tractor D326
Item: 159333
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 05-06
Series: Vintage car; Agricultural machinery

New type! A classic from the agricultural field enhances the Herpa range. The model type D-326, manufactured from 1962 to 1965; features a rollover bar and many fine details and engravings.

McCormick Harvesting Machine Company
In 1831 a Virginia inventor, Cyrus Hall McCormick, created a successful horse-drawn reaper. With its success and patent, sixteen years later he and his brother moved to Chicago and founded the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company.

Savvy marketing and the extensive Chicago rail network saw McCormick farm implements selling far and wide. Eventually, in 1902 the company was merged with several other agricultural machine companies and created the International Harvester Company (IH).

McCormick tractors were popular and exported all over the world. They were also the basis for the IH Farmall model name, later a brand name. Bright red was their signature color.

In the box
When a box arrives from our friends at Herpa, I think of the box of chocolates cliche: I don't know what's inside although I know it'll be sweet! So it was when I pulled out the packing and found this vivid red HO tractor; I am a fan of farm and construction machinery.

Herpa securely packs this model in a form-fitted clear plastic cradle. It is surrounded by the Herpa label and contained in a light clear plastic end-opening carton. I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The model is completely assembled. It features sharp molding and remarkable detail. Some parts are over scale though. All of the body detail is molded on, including the sides and bottom of the engine. However, several separate parts are attached to this model, such as the exhaust pipe. Soft tires surround the wheel rims. All lights are simulated with paint.

Detail
Every time I look at the photos I see something new on this cornucopia of detail! Mudguards on the front axle, running lights on the fender, holes in the drawbar, drawbar hitch, roll bar, and seat to name some. Several separate parts are applied: headlights, seat, steering wheel, air filter, exhaust, drawbar, and engine items. Very good tread detail on the tires.

One disappointment is that none of the lights are simulated with clear or tinted lenses. This is unlike all the other Herpa models I have reviewed.

Paint and markings
Amazing! I think this model is molded in three colors: red, black, and white. The red might be paint but I will not scratch it to find out. Paint is used to simulate all lights, and decorates the fuel cap. The only ding I have is that all of the D-326 photos I have found show the hub inside the main wheels to be painted red.

Herpa printed the McCormick name, the D-326 model emblem, and the International Harvester logo on the model. Herpa does not use decals. The tiny print is incredible!

Finally
I am very impressed with this model. It stands out with bright livery and eye-catching features. Good molding and separate parts enhance the detail. It would really be impressive if some lights featured lenses. Printing is sharp.

Highly recommended to model railroaders with farms; dioramaists; and collectors of farm machinery.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Sharp molding and remarkable detail; several separate parts are attached to this model. Exceptional printing!
Lows: None of the lights are simulated with clear or tinted lenses.
Verdict: I am very impressed with this model. It stands out with bright livery and eye-catching features. Good molding and separate parts enhance the detail. It would really be impressive if some lights featured lenses. Printing is incredible.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 159333
  Suggested Retail: 15,00 EUR
  Related Link: Agricultural series
  PUBLISHED: Nov 24, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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