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      Post #68120, posted on 09-11-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      First off, I'm *not* looking for a conversion set (unless such exists in 1:72... ;) But rather what the main differences are between the SAAB 340B and SAAB 2000 are from a modeler's perspective. With the forthcoming RVHP 340 kits in 1:72 I'll finally have a basis other than the well-intentioned but weak in some aspects Broplan SF340 and a well-molded resin kit; as many of you can probably guess I'm leaning towards trying to build up PenAir birds in both their 340 and 2000 variants, and if it's possible to simply make a few mods with a requisite fuselage stretch that will make life much simpler--though nothing in civil aviation modeling often is

      So after all that typing, any ideas?

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      Post #68123, posted on 09-12-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      For a 2000, you need more span (not sure where), more length, much bigger engines, 6-bladed props, and possibly a few other things. I flew on a 2000 once (in '03, IIRC), it was a fun ride.

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      Post #68124, posted on 09-12-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Heh, yeah, the 2000 is a whole different animal (kinda-sorta, like so many airliner changes); I knew about he engine/prop differences as well as the span, was hoping one of our Scandinavian friends here might know if it was a typical American-style wing root plug that did the job or if it was a whole new airfoil. Knowing the Swedes (my company's #2 PR guy came from SAAB after a fashion) I wouldn't put it past them to take the opportunity to make everything better in the course of what here at home we'd call "just a few changes" ;)

      I'll try reaching out to SAAB USA to see what they say, but as they're at least as much if not more a defense contractor as anything I'll not be holding my breath...(Try contacting the official support line for the Lockheed Electra and see how far you get...*sigh* They damn near want a security clearance to release info on a 60-year old airliner, because of the Orion connection. Grief.).

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      Post #68191, posted on 09-17-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Obviously the length (which also comes with a new right rear door), wingspan and engines. The 340A/B had different prop options and likewise the spinner would be different. From what I see in pictures the gear is the same. The 340 is pretty tall so I don't think they'd need to add much or anything.

      Keep in mind the F in SF-340 stands for Fairchild, they built certain parts of the 340A before giving up on the project. Later As, B/B+s and I assume 2000s were all Saab.

      I don't know how much Saab will tell you but you could also try contacting "C&L Aviation" in Bangor, Maine. They are considered to be Saab experts and if you're ever in KBGR you will be lucky enough to see Saabs sleeping around the field in many different Liveries. I used to ferry ours up there for heavy checks, etc. on my last trip I was parked next to a Penair bird getting new paint.