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DAF XF SSC + Palfinger + Trailer - John O'Neill

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-1453
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  August 2015

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DAF XF SSC + Palfinger + Trailer - John O'Neill Video.  [Youku Video]
The box.
Very smart looking DAF. Steering angle is limited.
Heavy haulage.
Detailed engine.
Graphics on the headboard.
Deck posts fitted.
Impressive DAF hauling site containers.
Detailed graphics on the Palfinger.
Unloading beams.
Palfinger can hold a load.
Comment on this model.

The truck is a DAF XF SSC 8x4 with a Palfinger PK 150002 Performance Loader Crane.  The trailer is a 3-axle Dennison Extendible version. 

It is in the colours of the Irish heavy haulage company John O'Neill. 


It comes in a WSI-branded windowed box with the model contained in an expanded polystyrene tray with plastic formers. 

There were no missing parts or defects on the review model.

An instruction brochure is included and this covers all the versions of WSI's Palfinger model range.  It explains the features of the crane well. 


The DAF chassis is a 8x4 with the transmission and suspension modelled to a high standard.  The wheels are very detailed with different tyres on the steering and driven axles.

The cab has a light bar and horns on the roof with another light bar at the front.  All the spotlights have lenses. There is a realistic number plate and the John O'Neill graphics are complex, detailed and very high quality.

The cab interior is reasonable. Under the cab is a detailed engine with different coloured components.

At the back the lights have plastic lenses and there is a towing hitch with a winding handle.  The rear outrigger beams are two-stage and the smooth-faced pistons have metal pads.

The Palfinger looks very good with many graphics.  The outriggers are three-stage and the pistons are smooth with metal pads.  An additional set of small square spreader plates is also included.

The control consoles are detailed with tiny levers and the base section has various boxes around it.  The boom sections are thin-wall metal, with a stiff profile.  The final boom section has a small fixed metal hook.

The trailer has a textured deck to represent the hardwood of the original, and metal deck posts can be installed if required, and the fit on the review model was good. 

Underneath, the modelling of the chassis is very good.  The intricate structure is replicated very well, and there is cabling running the length of the trailer.  The suspension detailing is very good.  At the front, the landing legs have a winding handle.  The side protection bars ahead of the wheels is plastic.  The wheels are finely detailed.

When the trailer is extended, the truss structure is revealed and it is a fine piece of modelling.  The sections are thin and realistically shaped.  The central piston has a spring outside to represent a coiled cable.

The trailer sits a little high on the fifth wheel of the DAF meaning that the front two axles of the trailer are not quite grounded, although this is difficult to see in most poses.


The DAF has linked steering on the front axles and it is stiff with a very limited range of movement.

The cab tilts forward to about 45 and can be posed in the tilted position. 

The front outriggers travel in the upright position and can be telescoped out, rotated and pinned, and the pads lowered.  The rear outriggers can be extended and lowered.

The Palfinger rotates although the review model was sticky.

The boom unfolds with the rams being jerky and stiff.  The boom telescoping sections extend well and generally hold a pose.  

The trailer has spring loaded suspension on the axles, and the landing legs can be screwed up and down.

Extending the trailer is a smooth operation and it can be posed at any extension which mirrors the incremental extension capability of the real trailer.

The trailer can have deck posts fitted or left off.


This model is high quality and is delicately engineered and made.  The metal content is very high. 

The paintwork and graphics are generally excellent.


The model is reasonable value bearing in mind it is a limited edition.


This is a vary good truck model with the functionality of the Palfinger and extendible trailer providing many posing possibilities. The high fifth wheel is a slight negative, but the model looks great in the John O'Neill livery, so it is classed as outstanding.


The model appeared in May 2015.

The parts and instruction manual.
The trailer extended.  The first axle of the trailer is not quite grounded.
Excellent graphics.
Detailed chassis.
Trailer chassis is detailed too.
Coiled hose on the spine.  Realistic deck timbers.
Loaded with tower crane sections.
Outriggers out.
Lifting high.