Fokker 60
Classic Plane conversion
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Fokker 60 model in 1/72 scale: kit review & modelling report
NEDERLANDSE LEZERS:
KIJK HIER.....
The Fokker 60 is not issued as a 1/72 model so a Fokker 50 was converted. This is a mixed media kit released in the summer of 2002 by Classic Plane

The fuselage is a vacuform with resin  wings and details. The kit is quite good but the construction is not so easy.

the Fokker 50 fuselage being cut in several section

The sanded and cut out vacuform fuselage halves, with the cuts made for the Fokker 60 and the lower half already assembled. Note inserted pieces of bended strips and because of the flat half, straight alignment is possible! Glue and let dry a long time. Add strips inside to get strength.

The assembled lengthened fuselage, still being sanded and added putty needed in areas.

     Some parts of this Classic Plane Fokker 50 kit used are shown here

     resin parts

    Chaff pods included for the RNLAF Fokker 50/Fokker 60

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vacuform fuselage

cockpit area with clear part


For information, here above are shown the older AIrfix F-27 1/72 kit parts

Check out more of the kits' details here for the Fokker 50..


The Fokker 50 I already made in 1/72 so I decided to make the special Dutch AF Fokker 60 model variant. This is a dedicated transport aircraft with a longer fuselage a large cargo door in the forward right fuselage. The Fokker 60 is thus longer, thus the Fokker 50 kit thus needs significant modification in the fuselage area.

The Dutch AF Fokker 60 has a special
camouflage paint scheme
with various grey paints so is a special model in the collection. See the links on bottom of this page for more information!

The resin wings with nacelles fitted. Quite some filling is needed here. Note the Fokker 60 forward engine nacelle shape with intake.
 

 Fokker 60 
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Table : 1/72 Fuselage extension relative to old Airfix F-27 model: 
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              F-27         mk.500     Fokker 50    Fokker 60 
     fwd of  wing:      14 mm      14 mm          28 mm 
     aft   of  wing:        7 mm       7 mm           15 mm 
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NOTE: without the radar nose separately, being 6 mm longer (the Airfixd kit re-issued 2009 has these longer nose parts!)
The Classic Plane mixed media kit is correct for the Fokker 50 and thus does NOT have the appropriate fuselage for the Fokker 60; lengthening is needed.
 

The basic Fokker 50 1/72 kit fuselage needs extension to get a Fokker 60 model of thus 14 mm forward and 8 mm aft of the wing. Also, the wing is very heavy, being of resin. So I drilled tow holes in the flat ends of the resin wings to get a connection later on with a piece of metal rod. I will also add a bulkhead in the fuselage area to get the required strength. 

First, carefully sand out the fuselage halves, the cockpit glazing being a separate transparent part of thin acrylic plastic. The normal vacuform technique is used here. 

The fuselage extension itself is NOT easy. I had to cut at some different areas. I choose to make ASYMMETRIC cuts on right and left halves to get a stronger fuselage in the end. Add strips and bits of bended cart. Take your time, you need to be patient here....

The fuselage is than endlessly sanded, putty added etc etcetera. Several times of sanding and puttying is needed. Take care to get a straight result, using sanding blocks of long length.


The F-60 fuselage is now glued and first smoothing actions on the fuselage are done with lots of thin layers of putty..

 

The Fokker 60 model was further assembled with the fuselage and main wings. Within the wing, 2 iron "spokes from a bicycle wheel" were used to connect the two wing halves through the central fuselage. The halves got two receiving holes each, these being drilled. Within the plastic vacuform fuselage, plastic card was used to get additional strength, as the resin wings are quite heavy. A lot of putty was used here to get a smooth finish. Next step will be to sand and get things even smoother
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Also, the canopy / cockpit glazing was fitted as supplied in the kit, after some detailing with three seats and an instrument panel the cockpit area. This gave no problems, the transparent section edges being puttied and sanded.

Also check out the Airfix conversion of the Fokker 50 ..  and the Fokker 50 using the iMC kit

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REFERENCES:

IPMS Nederland Fokker 60 real info pages..
 

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October, 2002