Life-sized Claas Lego tractor built in France
A French Lego builder has constructed a vastly complicated, life-sized Claas Arion 460 Panoramic tractor using almost 800,000 Lego bricks.
The Lego tractor, dubbed ‘TractoBrick’, has been touring Europe after being unveiled as part of an exhibit at France's first museum of agriculture, the Musée du Compa.
The task required an estimated US$83,200 worth of Lego (with the average price for a Lego brick being around 10 US cents) and 3,500 working hours, all undertaken by the only certified Lego professional in France, from the company Sarl ERC Briques.
The tractor also features real wheels and tyres.
As part of the Musée du Compa exhibition, TractoBrick was displayed alongside almost a dozen genuine tractors depicting the history of the motorisation of agriculture.
Claas says the idea for the project originated from the museum itself.
"A mascot was needed for the new permanent exhibition, and 'TractoBrick' fitted the description," Claas says.
"The project was financed by public and private organisations, including the French Claas company, Claas Tractor.
"In addition, there was a successful fund raising campaign, which far exceeded the target set."
Claas says Musée du Compa was the perfect place for TractoBrick to begin its life, though it will be travelling to other events.
"The museum, renowned for its first-class exhibitions, is located in Chartres, about 80 km from Paris," the company says. "It portrays the history of agriculture and agricultural engineering, and attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year.
"TractoBrick will not only be exhibited at the Musée du Compa but also at the French young farmers' festival, Terres de Jim, as well as at the Claas headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany in the coming months."
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