To me this gem is a special one. Being the second aircraft I was on as a kid (I have only blurred memories of my first flight at the age of 5 at a KLM DC-8). I do remember my ride on the ‘Friendship’ very well. It was from Groningen (to Dutch standards a large city in the North of the country) to Amsterdam. A line that has never been profitable and that is dysfunctional since the end of the eighties. But what a nostalgia; standing along the fence waiting until the Friendship came in or in bed listening to that recognizable sound of the Rolls Royce Dart engines as the last plane of that day arrives at 10am.
Today the NLM is not very well known anymore in the world of aviation. Founded in 1966 it was a partly government and partly a business enterprise to start domestic services in the Netherlands. Since our country is small and the rail and road infrastructure is excellent, the NLM was doomed from the start. To survive NLM changed their strategy in 1976 and started to feed the KLM fleet at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from other European destinations. Also the name was changed NLM ‘cityhopper’. This strategy turned out to be a success and the name continued to live on until today as ‘KLM cityhopper’. The F27 was the main equipment of NLM during the late sixties, seventies and eighties. After phasing out, The Friendship was replaced by the only type suitable; the Fokker F50. This operation continued until KLM phased out the last turbo props only a few years ago. KLM cityhopper now operates a large fleet of Fokker F70 and Embraer-190 Jets.
The PH-SAD (cn 10272) was the Friendship with the longest time written in the Dutch Registration book. She was flown first on 26 March 1965 as PH-FGO. On 5 April 1965 the aircraft was delivered as PH-SAD to Schreiner Airways, a joint venture of Schreiner Aero Contractors and van Ommeren. On 1 December 1967, after the defunct of Schreiner Airways, the PH-SAD was transferred to the KLM to operate on the NLM-routes. The aircraft was registered with KLM NV, Schiphol on 10 January 1968. The Fokker F27 was handed over to the NLM on 29 June 1968 and named after former KLM captain (first Dutch pilot to cross the Atlantic in 1930) "Evert van Dijk" on 24 November 1968. After the Friendship was withdrawn from use by NLM Cityhopper the PH-SAD was sold to Fokker Aircraft and registered with Aircraft Financing and Trading BV, Amsterdam, on 21 November 1990. The registration PH-SAD was cancelled on 17 November 1993, after the aircraft was sold in Argentina and registered LV-WEB. After being withdrawn from use at Ezeiza in December 1996, the aircraft was broken up.
It is a gem. The mould is a perfect miniature copy of the original and the details are very nice. Look for instance at the registration mark at the nose wheel doors! Also the landing gear is accurate. The fuselage leans a little bit forward, like the real plane. The rubber wheels and props are movable. The gear is removable and together with a clear plastic stand it can either be presented on the apron or in flight.
Surprisingly Herpa forgot the typical Fokker logo at the tailplane. That was a trademark for all Fokker aircraft and actually it is a bit of a shame that it is not present. Another thing is the box art; it depicts a crossover of the pre 1976 blue top livery and the post 1976 ‘hockey stick’ livery. The latter is the livery of the model and the typical look of the eighties at the Regional airports in and around the Netherlands.
This beautiful model is of my tic list and into the showcase! Next on the list? The NLM F28 Fellowship 1/200 ;-)
Last edited by Vintage Jet; 04-09-2015 at 02:23 PM.
Indeed, very deep and comprehensive review with lot of details and interesting facts. But - am I correct that no panel lines are printed on the cowlings of Dart? Herpa usually prints details of lines, hatches, vent doors on the engines (eg ATR, DHC8)..