A full-scale model of a Claas tractor with 140hp has been built using entirely lego bricks in France and is set to become the highlight of the countries first museum of agriculture, the Musée du Compa.
The Arion 460 Panoramic is made up of almost 800,000 bricks, including 388 different parts and took almost 3,500 working hours to build, according to Claas.
The impressive model was built by the only certified lego builder in France, from the company Sarl ERC Briques, it said.
The 3.5t Claas lego tractor has been named ‘TractoBrick’ and was placed on display in the museum’s machine hall, next to almost a dozen other genuine tractors detailing the history of the motorisation of agriculture.
The project was originally meant to be a ‘mascot’ for the new permanent exhibition at the museum.
The museum, renowned for its first-class exhibitions, is located in Chartres, about 80 km from Paris. It documents the history of agriculture and agricultural engineering, and attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year. The project was financed by public and private organisations, including the French Claas company and Claas Tractor. In addition, there was a successful fundraising campaign, according to Claas.
The museum are also organising a hackathon early in December 2016, where software developers will have 48 hours to try and breathe digital life into ‘TractoBrick’, the company said.
‘TractoBrick’ will also be exhibited at the French young farmers’ festival in September as well as at the Claas headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany, in the coming months.