Fokker 60
Classic Plane conversion

Fokker 60 model in 1/72 scale: kit review & modelling report


The Fokker 50 I already made in 1/72 so I decided to make the special Dutch AF Fokker 60 model variant. Check out more of the kits' details here for the Fokker 50..
The Fokker 60 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 Fokker 60 is not available as a 1/72 model so a Fokker 50 model was converted released in the summer of 2002 by Classic Plane. It is a mixed media kit. 

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 was cut in several section to get extensions.

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 plastic card 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:
The resin parts
... and chaff pods included for the RNLAF Fokker 50/Fokker 60


The Dutch A See the links on bottom of this page for more information!


Table : 1/72 Fuselage extension relative to old Airfix F-27 model: 

              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 
NOTE: without the radar nose separately, being 6 mm longer in 1/72 scale (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 longer fuselage for the Fokker 60; lengthening is needed.

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

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 Fokker 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

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.


The model was given a basic light grey paint and corrected in places with putty and the overall model sanded again. When all looked good, on to the smaller parts...

The resin undercarriage legs were strengthened by glueing with superglue thin strips of metal that I had from a spare etched metal plate and some needles.


The model cockpit area was masked with maskol from Humbrol and now would get the paint scheme.

The Fokker 60 has a special paint scheme
my drawing of camouflage paint scheme

First the middle grey was added, the FS 26376 for which Humbrol paint no.127 enamel was airbrushed. After two hours drying, the dark grey FS 26118 using Humbrol 125 was airbrushed from the "hand" without masking. When you have some experience, this can be done.


After a day drying, next the anti-icing boots on leading edges of wing, tail surface, fin were masked with Tamiya masking tape. The remainder of model was also covered with paper to prevent black over spray. The masking take about 2 hours but you really need to do this! Then, the black paint was airbrushed. Do any mall corrections with a tooth pick dipped into thinner. This quickly enables you to correct small errors without visible "patch" painting later on!  

Also, now the smaller detail parts are painted. For the Fokker 60, the propeller blades were black with yellow tips and the spinner middle grey when the plane appeared. The resin model props were temporarily set on two small pieces of sprue. You can then rotate and easily paint them!

The undercarriage legs and the wheel hubs are a mix of white/grey with metal details. The flare and ECM pods are middle grey. 

The various small windows can not really be made, a decal is much more easier. A pattern was made up and drawn for the windows and various other markings for the RNLAF Fokker plane. 

As the markings are "all black" , the you only need to copy it on clear decalsheet. I used clear sheet from AeroClub and a plain office lasercopier. The decal is easily made this way and need no varnish to protect it for the soaking water later on. All separate items are than cut from the sheet. 

On a spare decal I also hand painted the few coloured items, such as the 334 squadron badge.  

After extensive glossing the basic surfaces, the decals were individually cut out and applied. After that, the model was given a coat of "matt" varnish with the airbrush. 

The windows were given a gloss overcoat of Tamiya X-19 "smoke", the transparent paint to give them a deepened look. The propeller tips and the main undercarriage legs were given a coat of clear varnish.

The final model got a semi-mat varnish airbrushed and that was it!



left: ECM fairing at end of fuselage with Fokker logo
right: nose with pitot tubes and windscreen wipers!

Fokker 60, coded "U-04", the plane named Jules Zegers

Fokker 60 UTA


Fokker 60 UTA Klu

Fopkker 60 UTA



leeuwarden Fokker 60 UTA


IPMS Nederland Fokker 60 real info pages..

Also check out my Airfix conversion of the Fokker 50 

... and the Fokker 50 using the iMC kit


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