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* Review : John Deere 310 Backhoe Loader

Published on September 04, 2005 | By Igor @ TMK

The John Deere is a famous US company which was found in the beginning of 19th century. Since then its producing agricultural machinery and construction equipment. I couldn't resist the temptation of having a model kit of backhoe loader in my collection and with the help of fellow truck modellers I got chance to get one.

Kit name: John Deere 310 Backhoe Loader
Manufacturer: AMT/Ertl
Kit no.: 15043
Scale: 1:25
No. of parts: cca. 120
Used colors: There are no recommended colors
Price: $40

Opening the lightweight box you'll find 4 sprues in it. All of them are moulded in dark yellow color, which can beginners find useful as they can build the model unpainted. Very nice treaded rear as well as simple front rubber tires are included. That's it! Nothing else is in the box. Interesting was the included bottle of glue, although useless because of it's age and rock hard consistency. Senior modellers say the Amt/Ertl models always had problem with quality of moulds, but I found these were 100% and perfect.

The decal set is very tiny - contains only the JD badges and type numbers.

The instruction sheet is included, but it's different style than Italeri's or Revell's. This one is really simple, but it has to be said that building the kit is very simple as well.

Summary: Whether you want to have some load for your lowloader trailer or you're building a simple diorama, this kit should be in you collection. For us building european truck models this kit is somewhat unusual, as this type of loader with open air cab cannot be seen here. But for me the biggest drawback is the lack of detail - it's nice the model has hydraulic pistons, but it has no hydraulic hoses. This can be solved by enthusiastic modeller when he has proper technical documents. But definitely I'd recommend this kit!

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