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DAF XF Semicab
DAF XF Euro 6 SC rigid tractor, traffic red
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
DAF XF Euro 6 SC rigid tractor, traffic red from Herpa is a new HO-1/87 model of a modern semi tractor. It is item 305884.
    New type! The first rigid tractor of the newly developed DAF XF Euro 6 features the lower Space Cab and is initially released in bright red with chassis cladding. - Herpa

It is one of 95 DAF models currently in Herpa's catalogue, and one of 20 XF Euro 6 types. DAF trucks are showcased in Issue 2 of DER MASS:STAB, April 2016. (See Click here for additional images for this review, below.) Evolution Instead of Revolution is Herpa's story of DAF and their series of heavy trucks including the new DAF XF 105 Euro 6. The article showcases the selection of DAF models by Herpa.

DAF
    DAF Trucks NV is a Dutch truck manufacturing company and a division of Paccar. Its headquarters and main plant are in Eindhoven. - DAF

    The DAF XF is a range of trucks produced by the Dutch manufacturer DAF since 1997. All right hand drive versions of the XF are assembled at Leyland Trucks in the UK. The XF 105 won the International Truck of the Year 2007 award. The truck features the 12.9 litre engine and ZF gearbox in both manual and automatic formats.
    - Wikipedia.

The XF is powered by PACCAR MX-13 and MX-11 engines.* They generate between 410 and 510 hp.
    The XF is supplied as standard with a manual direct drive gearbox with twelve speeds, and a transmission with sixteen gears is available for heavy applications. The manual gearboxes come with "Servoshift" shift assistance as standard to increase comfort due to a reduced shifting effort and a short shift travel.**

DAF XF Euro 6 SC rigid tractor
Herpa packs their DAF XF Euro 6 SC rigid tractor in a form-fitted plastic cradle. It is contained in a red carton with clear film window.

The model is almost completely assembled except for four optional mirrors. This HO DAF XF is expertly molded and assembled cleanly. I do not see any de-spruing burrs, flash, mold marks, visible ejector circles or any other flaw. The model is made with colored plastics and very clear, distortion-free window glazing. A rubber-plastic material forms the tires. Herpa uses clear plastics to simulate the head and brake lamps. Finally, Herpa includes four optional mirrors for molders to attach if they so desire.

Herpa's DAF XF SC CZ (as shown on the box) is an impressive model of a modern semi tractor. Let's see what makes it really special.

Detail
From asphalt up, the tires have good tread detail and the hubs have impressive detail. They are attached to the frame which is detailed with suspension, drive shaft, transmission bottom, exhaust system, and battery boxes and fuel tanks. Herpa makes an optional kit for many models to allow the front axle to steer, and it appears this model can be so enhanced.

The body is smoothly made and crisply molded. Side skirts are attached, as are tread plates between the cab and fifth wheel. An aerodynamic fairing is snapped onto the cab top. Herpa created a fine louvered grille attached to the front of the cab. The DAF emblem is on it. Above it a is mounted a separate part with the windshield wipers. Above the windscreen is a sunshade.

Herpa uses clear and tinted clear plastic lenses to simulate the head and brake lights.

Inside the cab is a one-piece interior with seats, a steering wheel, dash and console.

Under it is a one-piece PACCAR MX-11 or MX-13 engine. You can see it but it is tricky. Herpa molded pin/slot hinge between the cab and frame to allow the cab to tip forward, exposing the engine. But to do so one must pop the grille off the front of the truck. Doing so risks breaking the pins that hold it onto the cab. Also, even when the grille is off, the contours of the cab bind against the frame and the cab can not tip. One must remove the cab to see the engine. See the photos for the disassembled parts. Perhaps the process would be easier if Herpa included a small sheet explaining that process. They have in a few models I have reviewed but that is the exception, not the rule.

One discrepancy. The Herpa model portrait shows chromed horns atop the cab. There are none on my sample.

DAF XF Euro 6 SC rigid tractor is a very detailed model with great potential for superdetailing.

Paint and markings
This truck is molded in shiny color. Herpa used chrome printing to highlight DAF on the grille.

Roll it!
This new DAF XF cab is a highly detailed and expertly created model. It features clear lenses for the lights, a nice cab interior, detailed chassis.

The model has a nice engine but it is difficult to expose the engine or cab interior if you want to detail them.

DAF XF Euro 6 SC rigid tractor is a fine HO-1/87 model from Herpa. Modelers of modern heavy road transport should be happy to have this Dutch driving machine. Recommended.

Please remember to tell Herpa and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.
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Source
* DAF. Driveline. [Web.] 2016.
** DAF. New gearboxes. [Web.] 2016.

Click here for additional images for this review.

SUMMARY
Highs: Clear lenses for the lights, a nice cab interior, detailed chassis.
Lows: It is difficult to expose the engine or cab interior if you want to detail them.
Verdict: This is a fine HO-1/87 DAF XF model. Modelers of modern heavy road transport should be happy to have this Dutch driving machine.
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 305884
  Suggested Retail: $16.00
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  PUBLISHED: Jul 30, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Netherlands
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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