by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
John Deere tractor 7920 with Twin-tires
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2011 / 07-08
Series: SpiWa06, Agricultural machinery
Herpa does not neglect farm machinery as demonstrated by this model of the new John Deere 7920 tractor. It features extraordinary detail and moveable features.
John Deere is synonymous with farm machinery. I must admit that working vehicles like dump trucks, fire trucks, bulldozers, graders, combines, tractors, etc., have always fascinated me. Large farm machinery does too, and I was glad to find this model in the recent samples sent by Herpa. Huge knobby tires, that beautiful green and yellow livery, all of those fine detail parts – this will be a fun review!
John Deere 7920……agricultural tractors were built at John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa facility from 2004 to 2006. They are powered by a 6-cylinder turbocharged intercooled diesel engine of 200 hp and can increase its engine power up to 234 hp, allowing for fast and powerful movement, even with heavy trailer loads. Hydrostatic power steering and hydraulic wet disc brakes control their nearly 12 ton weight. A variety of tires can be mounted. The tractor can be equipped with a climate-controlled all-weather cab. For operation on soft ground, the John Deere 7920 can be equipped with twin-tires on both axles. The outer rims for this heavy equipment were revised.
In the BoxHerpa securely protects this fully assembled model in a light plastic form-fitted clamshell tray. It is packaged in a light cardboard box with a cellophane display window and opening ends. It is a snug fit. However, my model arrived with the left front hub loose from the axle and steering rod, a light off the nose weight, and one of the cab rood mirrors loose. No damage was done and it was simple to snap these parts back on.
I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior features fine recessed detail for panels and mounting lugs. Basic detail is on the chassis. Into the sides of the tractor is molded the exposed diesel engine. Leading to the cab are steps on each side. Black chrome frames the grille, cab, and other parts. The large soft rubber floatation tires have good tread detail.
The cab windows are free of distortion and the nice interior is very visible. The cab is firmly mounted yet lifts off without trouble.
DetailingClear and tinted lenses simulate the headlights and brake lamps; the rest of the lights are simulated with paint. Curiously, the model lacks the perennial slow-moving vehicle emblem (SMV), the ubiquitous fluorescent orange triangle found on farming machines.
Thin spidery arms suspend the lights and mirrors from the cab. Also adorning the cab is the GPS R/T. Separately attached light stands are mounted on the front bumper. Cab detail includes seats, pedals, console and steering wheel, but no levers nor handles. A nicely molded exhaust stack, the cab steps, and the moving front wheels detail the model--the front pendular axle adapts itself to uneven terrain and is steerable! On the back of the body is an impressive molded three-point drawbar hitch frame for hauling plows and other farm implements. The counterweight on the nose can be raised and lowered, and detached.
Livery and FinishThe model components are molded in color. Each of the John Deere logos and emblems are stamp painted. These are not decals--Herpa does not use decals.
ConclusionFirst, Herpa’s John Deere 7920 is a relatively big model. It stands out with beautiful livery and eye-catching features. Great detail: it features detail on the underbody, lenses for head and tail lights, and a detailed interior which is visible through the clear windows, steerable front suspension, and the working nose weight. It would really be impressive if the mirrors and smaller lights also featured lenses, and the diesel engine was a separate part. Printing is sharp. Highly recommended.
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