Natural and/or flappy materials are notoriously difficult to recreate from LEGO. Rigid plastic blocks do not make for easy organic shapes, however Arian Janssens has managed to create realistic looking wood, canvas and rope for his stunning DAF FAS 2600 truck and drawbar trailer.
Arian’s superb truck includes a myriad of intricate detailing, including the load area, where ‘wooden’ sides, a ‘canvas’ cover, and ‘rope’ ties have all been beautifully replicated in brick form.
A dozen top quality images are available to view and you can check them all out at Arian’s ‘DAF FAS 2600’ album via the link above.
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.
Cream is an unusual colour for Lego vehicles. Probably because it’s an unusual colour for real vehicles too, being associated with the German taxis, blandness, and the elderly.
We think cream gets an unfair rep though, because it can look awesome. Toyota’s legendary FJ40 Land Cruiser used the hue extensively, and it’s this colour that Flickr’s SP_LINEUP has chosen for his excellent commissioned 1:24 scale FJ40 model. It’s also the colour chosen by fellow previous bloggee Arian Janssens for his beautifully detailed classic DAF FAS 2600 truck, complete with a brick-built curtain side flatbed and drawbar trailer.
There’s more to see of both creations at each builder’s photostream. Click the links above to head to Flickr and cream yourself.
We are going to have a very fat Elf in TLCB Towers shortly…
Arian Janssens has appeared here at The Lego Car Blog numerous times over the years, more often than not with his fantastic Model Team classic DAF trucks. But how to store a multitude of large LEGO models without them over-running the house? Fortunately the answer lies in how these trucks are transported in real life. Being designed to carry heavy loads, trucks are able to transport one another, and can be stacked on trailers several trucks high.
Arian’s ‘Jan de Rooy Transport’ DAF FAS 2800 shows how this looked back in the late ’70s to early ’80s, with an FT 2800 sleeper-cab tractor, an FA 1200 chassis-cab truck, and an FT 1600 tractor in transport behind it. Each is superb model in its own right (hence the Elf that found this is due to receive four meal tokens, to much jealousy amongst its co-workers), built with incredible attention to detail and further enhanced with realistic custom decals.
There’s much more to see of Arian’s DAFs-in-transit at his album on Flickr – take a closer look via the link in the text above.
A staple dancemove in this writer’s repertoire, you can now do ‘Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box’ in Lego form! Well, it’s more ‘One Box, Two Box, No Box at All’, but close enough.
This unusual truck is a DAF FAS 2500 in ‘DHS Houtmotcentrale Rijen BJ-08-DT’ specification. Of course we know exactly what that means, we’re just choosing not to explain it here.
Moving on… previous bloggee Arian Janssens of Flickr is the builder behind it and, as we’ve become accustomed to, his attention to detail and eye for realism are second to none.
There’s much more to see of his superb DAF FAS 2500 DHS Houtmotcentrale Rijen BJ-08-DT on Flickr via the link above, and if you’d like to learn ‘Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box’ so you can dance as well as this writer, here’s an excellent instructional video courtesy of Bob the Builder.