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Old 04-10-2021, 05:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dear fellow collectors,

Many are familiar with Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker and when collecting KLM’s and KLM Cityhopper’s fleet as I do, it is easy to get lost in trying to find those Fokker aircraft in scale 1:200. In the meantime I have collected 15, have 1 on order and still have 2 to build.

Koolhoven and it’s predecessor NVI - Nationale Vliegtuig Industrie (National Aircraft Industry) could be called “the other” Dutch aircraft builder in pre-WWII days. They have built several models for KLM, the first (custom built) models I have recently added to my collection.

Frits Koolhoven was a car and aircraft designer as well as a race driver. His initial success in aviation was working for French and British aircraft builders. In 1920 he returned to The Netherlands and started designing for NVI. In 1926, he established a company under his own name. Koolhoven designed more than 20 different military and civil aircraft. In all, only one original aircraft survived (an FK-23 Bantam). It now stands fully restored at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

KLM added H-NADD, a NVI FK-33 to its fleet in 1925. The aircraft has three water cooled Armstrong Siddeley engines. The one on the wings is facing backwards. Only one example was ever built. It was a large aircraft for its days. Although suited for 12 passengers, KLM never carried more than 10. The aircraft was sold in 1927 after the Fokker F-VII became available. Engine wise the Fokker suited better in the then already existing KLM Fokker fleet. After flying with different engines in Germany, it ended up as an instructional airframe in 1939 with the Luftwaffe.

A second Koolhoven type was the FK-40 which entered service with KLM in 1928 as PH-AES. This single engine aircraft was used for both passenger and postal services until 1936. The aircraft could seat 6 but was only ever used seating 4 passengers. One aircraft was built. The aircraft became less of an interest to the airline when KLM purchased its first specialized freighter, the Carley Werkspoor Jumbo in 1931. After it was sold, it operated as an air ambulance during the Spanish civil war.

The models were made by Bob Dros, a true master builder of miniature aircraft in museum quality. I have added a Boeing 737-800 and a Fokker F-70 on a few pics for size comparison and two cool pics of both aircraft back in the days. Enjoy the pics of these first two Koolhoven models.
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I love this !

Thank you for this post, Bob Dros is an artist ...

You can be proud of your models.

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Fascinating models.

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Thanks very much for this lesson. Having read the Fokker biography recently I am quite alert to Dutch aviation history.


How odd that the FK-33 had a four bladed prop on one engine but two bladed ones on the two others. Who can imagine why?
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Beautiful models! Thats a great collection.
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Thanks very much for this lesson. Having read the Fokker biography recently I am quite alert to Dutch aviation history.


How odd that the FK-33 had a four bladed prop on one engine but two bladed ones on the two others. Who can imagine why?
Hi Ranchero,
I believe this had something to do with the less than efficient performance of a backwards facing engine and the lack of cooling. All engines were mounted without engine covers, to cool them as best as possible. In order to get optimum performance out of the engine on top of the wing, likely a four blade prop was considered the best option.
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So kool!! Great models by Bob Dros- from perspex no less. Are these recent?
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how much are these>?
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