Ways to customise your Britains tractor

Take a tired old Britains toy tractor and turn it into something special with a few add-ons or completely customise it to your liking - using a weathered effect or pop a driver into the cab.

Opening a brand new Britains tractor straight out of the box is an enjoyable experience, played with for years to come, and hopefully until the young one grows up and passes it down to a sibling or a friend for it to be enjoyed for many more years.

But during the stages of growth the child are bound to move away from that once favourite Britains Massey, John Deere or Ford tractor and find a new toy range they will stick with for some time to come, leaving the tractor to sit there waiting for it's time again.

Customise before presenting it as a gift

But you can get any child interested in toy tractors again simply by making it - a one of a kind - customised tractor. We've made a few inspiring choices below for you to ponder, but be sure to consider making the changes to the tractor, re-boxing it before giving it to your own child or a friends as a birthday present or special gift.

Weathering effect

Britains Ford tractor with plough towed behind
Britains off-the-self lightly weathered Ford tractor with plough

Thankfully, you can buy yourself an already weathered effect Britains tractor - off-the-shelve. Go to a known farm toy shop and they should have a section dedicated to weathered models. But if you can't find a model to your liking you can get one customised for a fee.

Having a specialist carrying out the work for your does cost extra with commission, so expect a tractor retailing at £15.00 to cost double or even triple that, but remember your saving on paints, brushes and other costly materials.

But if you're thinking about customising your one Britains toy tractor the experience is very enjoyable with lots of new skills to pick up along the way. We favour heavy weathered in a muddy setting, so the body and wheels and caked in wet effect mud. But other options include snow, light dusting with extras like rust.

Place a tractor driver inside the cabin

Set of six Siku figures
Siku figures can be used inside Britains tractor cabin

Back in the day you could buy Britains tractors with a figure in the cab, but these days that extra realism is missing in all Britains tractors as the seat is left empty. It's not a major deal to most kids but how excited will they be with a driver behind the wheel with no other toy tractor of it's kind like it.

To complete your project you will need a set of of Siku tractor driver figures in the four or double set option.

This is an adult project so surprise the little one when your done. So start by removing the cabin so you have access to the seat. With a drill bit measuring no more than 3mm thick, drill down in the centre of the seat making a corresponding hole on of the Siku driver's bottom.

Now, using your ineefetive find a plastic or metal bar - cut to size - and sink it tight into the seat and driver's bottom to allow the driver to sit with no movement.

Alternative, but perhaps a desperate alternative is super glue the driver onto the seat - but this has little strength - or drill a pilot hole through the bottom of the seat if it can be removed, or drill a hole from the bottom of the tractor and use a long screw to reach the drivers bottom.

Customise the body finish

Siku limited edition Claas tractor in silver
Paint your Britains tractor in a striking silver finish just like this Siku

Producers of model tractors will introduce a special edition or limited edition tractor with a striking finish - usually painted in silver. If you fancy that with your own colour, all you need is a pot of your favourite Humbrol paint and - if you don't already have one - an airbrush kit to produce a clean, brush-free finish.

An airbrush kit will set you back - RRP £50.00 complete - not forgetting the practice you'll need before working on your project. So if you don't already have an airbrush set then the investment is really not worth it - but if you plan to carry out weathering effects as mentioned above then go ahead and invest in your new hobby.

Add a trailer

Britains Kane trailer
Britains Kane trailer would match a New Holland tractor in the same colour

If you haven't already a matching trailer to go with your tractor this will bring a whole new experience to the young farmers play. No longer will they be driving around the yard with little to do, but now they have a purpose with the need to fill up the trailer with bits and pieces or perhaps sand or gravel out in the garden.

But from a educational aspect, they now learn about tractor trailers and how each trailer serves a purpose on the farm. Like muck spreaders and balers or simply a flatbed for moving bales of hay and sundries. Match up your trailer in the same colour as the tractor to make the perfect tractor and trailer set.

Front loader attachment

Britains Massey Furguson with attachment
Britains tractors can be bought with or without attachments

It might seem like an obvious choice but something like a front loader will make the world of difference. Now the young farmer can pick up sand, gravel and dirt and make piles or fill up a trailer. But we do recommend you buy a Britains tractor with front loader attachment already fitted.

Because fitting a front loader and making it function on the 1:32 scale tractor is near impossible for most, plus Britains don't' currently sell front loaders separately. But if you're the owner of a Britains Big Farm tractor you can buy all sorts of attachments including a functioning front loader with tipping bucket.

Published by Toy Farmers on 21st August 2016

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