A secret project, march 16th 2018 is when my father is going to retire. He has worked his whole life for only one company; a huge global dairy company. It is now known as FrieslandCampina. Even though my father has nothing with trucks, never driven them nor is a petrolhead, it was for me obvious to give a Daf truck with 3-axled trailer as a gift for his retirement.
Why? Well, when we (my 2 brothers and I) were little kids, my father gave us a little truck-trailer from his company to us as a gift, something I always kept as a memorandum and was special to me. And since I am a modelbuilder, with interest in motorized vehicles, it was a no-brainer for me.
So I started hunting down a Daf truck, 3-axled trailer and find a extra Friesche Vlag truck, but that was quite hard. I don’t think they were available in retail. But I did find a decent one later one.
I got the Dutchman Daf as a starterspoint, but I have to shorten it and remove one axle.
Because the trailer is too new for the truck and I’ve been correcting it, I also made a new lightboard on the rearside, more bulky than the newer style.
Because I had some days off between Christmas and new-years eve, I was able to make some big steps on the paint process. First I spotpainted the repaired/modified parts black.
Than put it in a white primer
And added a medium blue base-caot
I added the ommissed windowposts with 4 strips of styrene
and opened up the lower grille
The sanding on the trailer is never ending, seriously..
But the front end looks better now.
I also got the smaller parts into the paintbooth today
After all the prep-work, the cabin went into it’s black base-coat ( to keep the hue in the end the same)
We are getting somewhere, now it’s needs it final blue coat.
It took me 2 spray sessions of an hour to get all the parts in the blue coat.
And then it was time for some clearcoat. First the chassis and the smaller parts.
A dryfit for the wheels
The engine in the right-ish color
The wheels are dryfitted
And the cabin went on for an overall look, I had some damage to the roof and wasn’t happy with the way I prepped it, so I need to repair the roof.
I had to make a longer propshaft, I used some copper tubing for that.
With some use of the Molotow pens, I added some clamps
Becasue the size of the trailer, I am affraid my biggest airbrush (Harder & Steenbeck Colani) is not going to be sufficient, so I got myself a SATA minijet 4400 HVLP gun, if needed, it could even spray a real car.
After I clearcoated the cabine, some weird orange/pink hue was in the back end of the cab in my clear paint, never seen it before, never had to deal it before and no I idea where it came from. It is definately not overspray and it is in my clear paint, weird…
Since I discovered whilst masking for the windowtrim, I first airbrushed that.
Than it was time to deal with the back side
With a fresh coat of white paint, it looks a whole lot better.
Some light in the end of the tunnel! The cab got on the chassis and now I have to start working on the trailer, getting it ready for paint and putting it on the chassis, finishing this project. I only got till march 16th…