Tag Archives: DAF

Green Giant

This big green box is a DAF YA 4442 DNT 4×4 truck, as ordered by the thousand in the late-’70s to the mid-’80s by the Dutch military.

A huge variety of YA 4442 were built, including artillery tractors, cranes, amphibious landing vehicles, mobile command centres, drone-launchers, fuel tankers, fire engines, and – as depicted here – er, trucks.

Still, whilst it might not be the most exciting version of the YA 4442 it is nevertheless a superb (and massive) brick-built replica of the Dutch military’s trucking backbone. Arian Janssens is the builder and there’s more of the model to see at his ‘DAF YA 4442 DNT 4×4′ album on Flickr. Click the link to take a look.

Letterbox

What’s red and has letters in it? Well, a Royal Mail postbox in TLCB’s home nation, but also this fantastic Model Team DAF FA 2600 and draw-bar trailer, both of which are resplendent with some lovely brick-built lettering.

Said letters recreate the classic livery of Dutch transport company Mur Loenen, and come from the hands of truck-building maestro Arian Janssens of Flickr. Arian’s model recreates Mur Loenen’s real trucks beautifully, and there’s more to see at his photostream by clicking here.

Hook*

TLCB’s thought for the day; 1970s trucks all looked like toys. This primary-coloured block of magnificence is a classic DAF NAT 2800 hook-lift truck, as created by previous bloggee Arian Janssens, and it proves said thought wonderfully. Check it out on Flickr via the link, and then come back here later to learn other gems such as ‘Why Pandas are Pointless’ and ‘How the Pontiac Aztek is be the Most Underrated Car of all Time’.

*Today’s deeply catchy title song.

Monotone Mystery

What’s in this excellent and delightfully-bland tanker truck? Milk… Petrol… Beer…? We can but hope it’s the latter. Previous bloggee Arian Janssens is the builder and there’s more to see of his magnificently monotone DAF XG+ 530 truck and equally nondescript tanker trailer on Flickr. Click the link to take a look whilst this writer heads to the fridge for a beer. Unless there’s just milk in there. Please let there be beer…

How’d You Like Them Apples?

This gorgeous model is a 1965 DAF 1800 DS300 truck, built in incredible detail by p.vaderloo of Flickr. Photographed by fellow builder and previous bloggee Jaap Technic, p.vanderloo’s creation is one of the finest trucks we’ve featured here at The Lego Car Blog in ten years of publication, with its astonishing realism no doubt aided by close up access to the real 1965 truck.

Recreating every aspect of its life-size counterpart, p.vaderloo’s model replicates the livery, badging and even license plate, with a load of palleted apples on the twin-axle trailer completing the build. There are more stunning images to see at p.vaderloo’s ‘DAF 1800 DS300 1965’ album on Flickr, where you can see the model photographed alongside (and in) the beautiful original truck. Click the link above to take a bite.

Really Very Long

Much like a Genesis piano solo, today’s creation is very ’80s, and really very long indeed. This DAF F241-Series Space Cab by Flickr’s Arian Janssens includes an enormous three-axle drop-side trailer, complete with a crane mounted in the middle, and its own steering – such is its length. The truck’s rather impressive too and you can check both truck and trailer at Arian’s ‘DAF FTG ATI Space Cab’ album via the link above, whilst we congratulate ourselves on making it through this post without referencing a johnson.

I’m Blue*

Is today’s post just so that we can link to that infernal Italian song so it gets stuck in your head too? Yes. Yes it is. But the model within it is also excellent. In fact, it’s five models, as not only has previous bloggee Arian Janssens constructed this ultra realistic DAF FAN CF 530 Space Cab truck, there’s a trailer, two swappable ‘canvas’ sided bodies with their own support legs, and a trailer-mounted forklift truck too

An extensive gallery of images is available via Flickr that shows all five components in more detail, and you can take a look at all the blue via the link above. Da-ba-dee da-ba-di. Dammit!

*Today’s title song. Of course.

Truck on Trucks on Trucks

If you like trucks, this post is for you! Specifically, if you like 1980s DAF FA and FT trucks this post is for you, but that’s probably a bit niche. Still, there must be a DAF fan club somewhere.

Anyway, this suite of DAF trucks was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr, and it’s now hoping for five meal tokens.

Previous bloggee (and, unsurprisingly, DAF-building specialist) Arian Janssens is the man behind it, having constructed a DAF FA 95.380 ATI sleeper cab transporter and trailer, plus a DAF FA 800, FT 2100, FT 2500, and a DAF 400 flatbed for it to haul. That’s a lot of ’80s Dutch trucking.

All are excellent recreations of their real-world counterparts, and there’s more to see of all five Model Team DAFs at Arian’s ‘DAF FA 95.380 ATI Truck Transporter’ album. Click the link above to join the DAF fan club.

Bulkwagen

This is a DAF FAS 2600 ‘Bulkwagen’ in Hendrix livery, and it comes from DAF-building specialist Arian Janssens. Arian’s classic DAF 2600 joins his extensive line-up of Dutch trucks, with some simply exquisite detailing throughout to accurately capture the (somewhat odd) design of the 1960s original.

Replica decals, vintage Technic wheels, working steering, and excellent presentation make this worth a closer look, and you can do just that via the link to Arian’s photostream above.

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

This one’s both. And it has a name as tricky as the tongue-twister title. This is a DAF FAQ CF 430 8×2 hook-lift truck (with three axle trailer), and it comes from Arian Janssens of Flickr.

Constructed to carry a variety of big metal boxes, Arian’s DAF FAQ CF (etc.) is a beautifully built Model Team version of the real truck, complete with a working hook-lift, three steering axles, and an unfurling grab crane mounted behind the cab.

An extensive gallery of images shows the DAF ReallyLongName in a variety of configurations, with and without various containers, the trailer, and the crane operating.

Make the jump to Arian’s album on Flickr to see the complete set of photos via the link in the text above.

Conveniently Placed Ramp

We’re not sure what this DAF FTN CF 480 Space Cab is pulling, but it sure looks like the kind of thing that will conveniently appear at just the right moment during a movie car chase. Whatever it is there’s more to see of it, the 5-axle trailer it’s resting upon, and the DAF TFN that’s pulling it courtesy of Arian Janssens. Make your jump-based escape via the link above!

Panic-Buy Fuel!

There is currently a fuel supply crisis in TLCB’s home nation, caused by COVID or Brexit or something.

Whatever the reason, a portion of the population (probably the same portion who stock-piled toilet rolls during the COVID lock-downs) have gone mad, and are trying to refuel every five minutes, in doing so turning a really rather minor problem into a rather larger one. Because they’re idiots.

Typifying this idiocy are a select group of morons who have followed tanker trucks in the hope they’re delivering fuel, and not olive oil, or liquid nitrogen, or – in one particularly amusing case – mortar.

Cue Arian Janssens‘ DAF FTS XF95 ‘Mestwagen’, which we think means manure tanker, but frankly without actually knowing what’s inside it we’re just guessing, much like a worrying number of the UK population have been doing over the past week or two.

You can follow Arian’s DAF ‘Mestwagen’ to wherever it is it’s going in the hope of procuring some petrol via the link above, whilst we start stockpiling tinned food and toilet paper.

No Time to Die (Again)

Thanks to a deadly virus circulating the globe, several major film releases have been postponed by well over a year, with studios desperately trying to maintain interest in the meantime. There have been so many new ‘No Time to Die’ trailers we’ve pretty much seen the whole movie.

Cue this impressive DAF NTT 2800 truck by Flickr’s Arian Janssens, which admittedly we published here last year, but look! – A new trailer! See, a seamless link to that new 007 movie and not a desperate attempt to gain bandwagon views at all.

There’s more to see of Arian’s DAF, and that new trailer (a three-axle slurry tanker), via the link.

Low n’ Long

Airport trucks always look kinda weird, what with their cabs being mounted ahead of the front wheels to enable them to pass underneath aircraft wings.

This DAF 3300 FTT with a ‘sleeping cab’ deploys the same design, in this case to enable it to take on very long loads indeed. Just like your Mom.

The dropped cab of Arian Janssens‘ creation allows the loooong boom of his mobile crane to sit above it, and there’s more to see of his low n’ long DAF, plus the trailer and tracked crane in tow, on Flickr via the link.

Jumbo Hooker

Nope, we’re not referring to your Mom again, this is a DAF FAC CF 530 8×2 Space Cab truck, complete with a hook-lift system, three-axle Jumbo trailer, a load of two hefty containers, Which makes it a very lengthily-titled creation indeed. It’s also rather a good one, and there’s more to see courtesy of Arian Janssens  at his ‘DAF FAC CF 530 Space Cab‘ album on Flickr.