Italeri have recently re-launched the old Esci Fokker F.27. I always thought the model looked pretty good (better than the Airfix offering to be fair). However you don't have to look far to find scathing reviews of the kit on the net. Yes it does have some issues, particularly with the rear fuselage and also some slimmer than ideal engine nacelles. However I can't seem to find anybody who has attempted to fix these issues...they seem to hark on about the model being 'beyond redemption'.
I thought I'd have a go at trying to rectify the issues against an accurate set of drawings...it turns out not to be so difficult. I cut the lower tail fuselage and cone away from the rest, dropped it 3-5mm and moved it aft and filled the cuts with lilliput. I also built up the underside of the fuselage, adding 1mm thickness to it and added the characteristic chines that the Friendship has and the airfix, Esci and Italeri kits all miss. It looks pretty much bang on at this stage, just need to increase the height of the dorsal fillet by 2mm and also increase the chord of the rudder by a few mm.
The next on a list of corrections on the Italeri Kit...Had to move the engine nacelles in a scale 7". The nacelles are also somewhat undersized...they will need to be built up with a combination of scrap plastic and lilliput
That's another issue I'm working on fixing...I'm deepening the nacelles front and back of the wing, they also need to be extended aft. Italeri have new improved transparent sprues for the f.27, the cockpit glass is better & the cabin window inserts have a smaller window outline scribed on them...it's just a matter of finding up to date window masks.
Thanks guys, a bit of effort went into this one, but it seems to resemble the F27 mk100s which I can remember that used to trundle up and down NZ between regional centers. The Italeri/Esci Friendship is a nicely detailed kit anyway with full cabin interior, however it has a few glaring little faults which I just tried to remedy
Interesting things around the 100 series F27's that modellers might look into in relation of model config to paint scheme are...
Some of the aircraft had the deicer boots between the nacelle and fuselages, and the first deicer segment outboard of the nacelle removed (I've been told that they caused upkeep issues and after tests it was found that their removal had no detrimental impacts). Looking at assorted photos I can't figure out which aircraft had them removed at which stage of life (equates to colour scheme worn thereafter). See Paul Sheehan's book pages 75-82.
Likewise the antenna fit above and below the fuselage underwent changes, especially notable being the one above the cockpit which didn't (as far as I can tell) become the V style as per the kit until post the AirNZ-NAC merger and likewise the switch from the swoosh-back to the blade above and below the fuselage approx the front of the passenger cabin.
Intimate 1/1 scale BXG modelling has led to this intimate knowledge.