Would you take up a challenge to build a detailed Kahn Design 110 Defender Chelsea Wide Track model?

We recently featured an interview with Herman Nijhof, a Dutch model maker who was in the process of building a life like Kahn 110 Defender model.

Not only has Herman built a Defender worthy of the Kahn badge, his story is a testament to the craft of making life like models with panache!

Herman explains the reasoning behind the project, in the second instalment of a two part interview.

How long did it take you to complete the model?

Building certain parts for the vehicle took longer than other components. What you have to understand is, to copy a real lifelike model or image; you have to constantly find solutions for making parts and finding the correct colour schemes.

I had to constantly experiment with colours for the exterior, seats, dashboard and the rest. You also need the relevant materials and size too. In total, I spent four hours a day working on the project over a 6 month period.

The attention to detail is stunning, just how did you manage to put Afzal’s signature on the back of the car and The Chelsea Truck Company logo on the back cover?

I had a look on the Kahn web site, decided what to use to replicate Afzal’s signature and just got on with it. It adds a nice touch for the vehicle.

Can you give us an insight on how you fitted the lighting, both interior and exterior, how was this possible?

Again, I looked at the Kahn web site and found images of the dashboard, speedo, rev clock and radio console and went about rescaling them. I then got the glass and chrome rings and put them in the dashboard. Behind there you will also find a few small LED lights which can switch on and off via the radio controller. The head, fog and city lights are also connected, take a look at the pictures for yourself.

How frustrating was it to see the front windscreen break and in turn, having to wait two weeks for a new one to arrive?

The damaged windscreen, these things tend to happen. The problem was waiting 14 days for the postman to deliver the windscreen.

Before the windscreen smashed, we had a number of problems with painting the car (decided to paint it a number of colours including black and white).

This ensured certain aspects of the vehicle were edgy and became very hard so I had to ensure I was very delicate, every mechanical model maker will know how I feel.

The Defender was actually ready at that point and because of the situation with the windscreen, I had to remove all of the interior and electronics because the windscreen has working wipers and they need to go in before the windscreen is fitted!

If you could have made the Defender model in a different manner, what would you have done?

Maybe.... if there was another way to make the parts (moulds) and take less time to experiment with the paint.

The previous colour was black, which was fun to use outside but the white colour scheme is more for show.

What do you intend to do with the final model?

This will be used for show and when the weather is nice outside!

What does your wife have to say about you spending so much time, with another (Defender) model?

My wife is ok with it. I have been a model maker for about 30 years, building mostly sailing boats (Trimaran, Rexonamen/ open60f Gamesa).

I make the time up by cooking and doing household chores and whilst on holiday, I drive the caravan 

What sort of reaction have you had to the model, from friends, family and enthusiasts so far?

They think the Kahn Defender 110 model is beautiful, super and stunning. And they are now of course looking at the Kahn web site!

I would also like to take this opportunity to compliment the Chelsea Truck Company, since they helped me to build and complete the Kahn Defender.


To read the first part of this interview, click here.