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Porsche Diesel . ... no they haven't stuffed a TDI lump in a Cayman (yet)... . In the 1950s, Professor Porsche's tractor related ideas finally came to fruition. With backing from the steel maker Mannesmann, he opened a joint venture production facility in the old Zeppelin factory to produce his handsome and effective tractors. It was a great success, with around 125,000 built and these beasts of burden are highly prized by collectors today. They were available with 1,2,3 or 4 cylinder air-cooled diesel engines with seperate and interchangeable blocks and heads. This model is the 3 cylinder 'Super' version, with around 40 horsepower from it's 2.5 litres. Eagle eyed vintage technic fans will recognize the implement attached to it... I think it's a pretty little thing.. the lever controls the raising / lowering of the implement attached to it with a smooth over-centre action. The bonnet lifts to reveal the working 3 cylinder diesel engine, driven by the rear wheels. There's also a power take-off to turn the implement, working steering and a pendularly (is that a word ?) suspended front axle. What Technic fans would call the money shot - the conundrum of getting the steering mechanism to pass through the propshaft is solved with a free-wheeling clutch gear. The support mechanism for the implement is related to that used on the original 851 Lego tractor from the 1970s, although I did beef it up. This is deliberate - I wanted to be able to attach any implement designed for that classic set. Granny likes clambering over rocks... this is a nice change of pace for her - the last vehicle she was seen in was a top-fuel dragster! She'd do some harrowing if only she could reach the lever to lower the harrow.. Thank you... I worked on a farm once; it was harrowing *groan*. Sorry... Curves.. gotta love em! I'm reasonably happy with the shape of the bonnet. And here it is with the classic 851 tractor which inspired me 30 years ago and still does. Although it's the same size there is hardly anything in common between these two.. With thanks once again to Steffen Rau, whose fault it is that I keep building models for maxifigs.. he had the idea first.

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