In-Box Review
HO scale
DAF XF Cab Forward
DAF XF Euro 6 SSC Rigid Tractor
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Herpa has released another variant of the DAF XF semi-tractor: DAF XF Euro 6 SSC Rigid Tractor, Facelift. This semi-tractor is one of 76 DAF and 29 XF SSC models presently catalogued by Herpa.

The DAF XF is a range of trucks produced by the Dutch manufacturer DAF. Left-handed versions are produced in Eindhoven and all right-hand drive versions are assembled at Leyland Trucks in the UK. The XF 105 won the International Truck of the Year 2007 award. DAF says of this model:
    With powerful multi-torque PACCAR engines, the latest generation TraXon gearboxes, and optimised steering, the DAF XF is developed for maximum transport efficiency. The ultra-modern exterior design makes it the most attractive long-distance truck on the road. And with the spacious, luxurious interior, itís a pleasure to drive.

    Industry-leading fuel economy
    High payloads
    Service-intervals up to 200,000 km
    First class body builder-friendliness
    DAF Connect fleet management system for the highest transport efficiency

    DAF XF is powered by multi-torque PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines with new power ratings, including an extra powerful 390 kW/530 hp variant. Many innovations result in even more torque at lower rpm for highest fuel efficiency. Vehicles can now cruise at only 1,000 rpm, resulting in extremely low noise levels found in top class luxury cars. Additional torque is available in top gear for great driveability. The new MX engine brake delivers world-class braking power at lower revs.*

DAF XF Euro 6 SC rigid tractor
Herpa packs their DAF XF Euro 6 SSC 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 cleanly molded and expertly assembled. 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 SSC ZM (as printed on the box) is an impressive model of a modern semi tractor. Let's see what makes it really special.

From the pavement skyward, 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 crisply molded with a smooth surface. Side skirts are fitted, and the model sports 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 adorns it. Above it is mounted the windshield wipers. Above the windscreen is a sunshade.

Herpa uses clear and tinted clear plastic lenses to simulate headlights, brake lights (tinted red), and driving 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 expose it but to do so 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 that 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. If you look at some previous semi truck reviews, you will find where I have demonstrated this task. 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.

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

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

Movin' On
Herpa's new DAF XF Euro 6 SSC Rigid Tractor, Facelift 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.


* DAF. Driveline excellence and The DAF XF in more detail. [https://www.daf.co.uk/en-gb/trucks/daf-xf.] n.d.
Highs: Crisp molding, high level of detail, clear lenses for the lights, a nice cab interior, detailed chassis.
Lows: There are no instructions for installing the mirrors or lifting the cabin to view the engine.
Verdict: This is a fine DAF XF model. Modelers of modern heavy road transport should be happy to have this Dutch driving machine.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 309103
  Related Link: Cabover Semi
  PUBLISHED: Jun 11, 2019
  NATIONALITY: Netherlands

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

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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