You know, sometimes it happens. You get an idea for a column and you have a little fun, then you get a second surprise. That's what happened with my June Farmer Iron column that appeared in your friendly Farm Progress publication.
In that column I talked about the cardboard tractor promotion (see the tractor below) that included stock photos for editors to use in a handy flash drive tucked into the paper model's cab. The detailed vehicle was designed to get an editor's attention - which it did. I pointed out that a lot of work went into that faux machine, including inside the cab, and even an engine cutaway showing four valves per cylinder in the inline six diesel.
Full-tractor image shows a lot of detail for this promotion aimed at getting an editor's attention.
Then I got a call this week from a Missouri farmer - thanks - who didn't leave his name, but had a nice chuckle in his voice when he mentioned something I missed. Perhaps a few of you have noticed this, and maybe you'll notice it when you look at the image below. But the tire tread on the tractors is backward.
So what's wrong with this picture, a closeup from the machine above? You can see it now.
Thanks to the loyal reader who pointed it out. It appears that while details are a big deal on this tractor, even the best of us can miss something...and I should have seen that. Ah well, it happens. At least in the real world you would never put the tires on backwards. Right?
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