This is a GINAF F 275 6×6 and it was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. It comes from previous bloggee Arian Janssens who is something of a DAF-building specialist. “But this isn’t a DAF” we hear you say! OK, not one of you said that, but we’ll carry on with this train of thought anyway, otherwise the title doesn’t make sense. GINAF hail from the Netherlands alongside fellow truck-makers DAF, and build uniquely engineered vehicles based on DAF trucks for custom applications such as riot control, military, fire-fighting and garbage disposal. This one has been designed to transport sugar beet (which the Elves mustn’t know about or they’ll raid it and get high on the contents) and uses a 6×6 drivetrain to allow it load up off-road. Arian’s superb Model Team recreation includes a trailer in tow, working tipper and drop-sides, and brilliant attention to detail throughout. Head to Arian’s GINAF F 275 album on Flickr via the link above to see all the photos.
This stunning pair of huge Model Team style classic DAF trucks comes from TLCB regular and DAF specialist Arian Janssens. His two latest builds up the detail level once again, and make Arian one of the best Lego truck builders anywhere in the world right now.
On the right, and shown with the load bed raised to its highest point above, is Arian’s GINAF F530 10X4 tipper truck. *Not strictly a DAF, GINAF were a Dutch truck specialist that used DAF trucks as the basis for their conversion to heavy duty applications. In business since the late 1940s, GINAF produced around 250 specialist trucks a year. However modern economics mean manufacturing in such low numbers is no longer enough to survive, and GINAF filed for bankruptcy in 2011.
The second truck in Arian’s pairing is this superb classic DAF 2800 in an unusual-for-Europe long-nose specification. Like GINAF, DAF have experienced some difficult trading times, and filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s following the collapse of their merger with British Leyland. A management buyout restarted the firm and in 1996 DAF were bought by the American giant PACCAR, who then also bought Leyland, re-merging the two firms once more. DAF trucks are now commonplace across Europe, but few modern DAFs look as interesting as this classic 2800 does.
You can see more of each build at Arian’s Flickr photostream – click the link above to make the jump.
How many The Lego Car Blog Elves can you fit in the back of a Lego truck? We’re a bit drunk tonight so we’re going to find out with some ‘volunteers’ and Arian Janssens‘ GINAF 10×8 dump truck. For those outside the Netherlands – us included – GINAF are sort of re-badged DAF trucks. No, we’re not sure why either. Anyway, you can see more of this one via the link to Flickr above whilst we squash some Elves.