1:72 Civilian ESCI Italeri Showcase


An ancient kit and a challenging paint scheme, combined, to create a compelling excuse for my first airliner model...

It’s far from the best model I have ever built, but in the end I had a lot of fun.


Here’s another completion for work, Italeri’s rerelease of the ESCI 1:72 Fokker F-27 Friendship, in the beautiful colours and markings of Canyon Eagle Airlines. 

I began this kit during the summer of last year, working on it outside during the warm evenings that seemed to define the lockdown, as much as news of the awful pandemic. Since then, the kit has been dropped, and broken. The interior has parted company with the fuselage. It has been broken again to repair the damage. Had parts lost and then featured a finish that has pushed me with experiments and new paints, forced rethinks, reworks, fingerprints and all manner of headscratching moments. I even used handpainting instead of airbrushing to ease the path to completion. How it was finished I will never know! 


But here it is and despite this being a 30-old-kit that’s frankly seen far better days, I rather like the completed model, warts and all. It’s far from the best model I have ever built, but in the end I had a lot of fun, learned more than I expected and have now after 45 years of building models, completed my very first airliner! I think that that probably makes the path to completion, one that was worth taking!



If you would like to see more details about this kit, please visit the Italeri website using the following link:


I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!


  1. David Hansen

    The first ESCI F27 i’ve seen built. Beautifully rendered. I hope this is not your last airliner.


  2. Harold Cline

    Spencer: Your usual, restrained weathering is right at home on this airframe. I’m very glad that you persisted in building this kit. It looks like a candidate for a museum piece. Well done as usual. Thanks for sharing.



  3. Christian Atkins

    Hi Spence, That looks amazing, especially after the journey to getting her finished. Well done! Also it is rather tempting me…


  4. Howard Kilburn

    Very nice Spencer, I used to fly F27 ‘s and loved the aircraft
    Regards Howard


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