The author’s Fokker
F-XVIII is a gentle flier,
capable of 15-plus-
The Fokker name was in the forefront of early aviation. Anthony Fokker, of Dutch nationality, built his first airplane in 1910,
called Spin (Spider). The design was good
enough to be used by the German military in
flight training school.
Anthony established his aircraft company
and concentrated on producing airplanes for
the German army. Following the end of World
War I, Germany was prohibited from building
aircraft, so Fokker moved the production to
the Netherlands. In a short period of time,
it became the largest aircraft company in
the world by concentrating on producing
In 1919, the company started with the F.II
high-wing, single-engine airplane followed
shortly after with the most successful in the
series of three-engine aircraft: the F.VII. Many
airlines in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia,
Australia, and the US flew three-engine Fokkers.
Some Fokker airplanes participated in notable
flights such as the one on May 9, 1926, with
Richard E. Byrd in a Fokker F.VII that flew over
the North Pole. In 1928, Amelia Earhart became
the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, but
only as a passenger in a three-engine Fokker
All versions of the F.VII had a fabric-covered
fuselage and the tail surfaces. The wing, with its
thick airfoil, was plywood covered.
Approximately 10 years ago, I was looking
to build a three-engine scale model. In my
collection of drawings, I found three-views for
the full-scale Fokker F.XVIII in the colors of
the Czechoslovakian airlines. When I built this
model, I did not have brushless motors, so I used
2: 1 geared, brushed Speed 400 motors, spinning
9 x 6 AP park flyer propellers.
I have since replaced the Speed 400 motors
with brushless motors and three-speed
controllers. At full power, each motor draws 10
amps with the same APC 9 x 6 propellers. One
3S 5,000 mAh LiPo battery gives me more than
15 minutes of leisurely flying. The model’s low
wing loading gives it docile flight characteristics.
All three motors can be 1,000 Kv size with a
28mm outside diameter.
by Laddie Mikulasko
37 Model Aviation JANUARY 2016 www.ModelAviation.com